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More reservations after you have allowed pets?

Hi to all hosts here!

How much do you charge for cleaning when guests come with pets and do you need much more cleaning time? Do you have more reservations after you have allowed pets to stay?

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pibomarco

We were pet friendy for 10 years. This year we decided not to accept pets anymore.

Our pet fee was: 10,00€/day per pet.

I think during the low seasons etc is a good advantage to be pet friendly..

About the cleaning.. it depends of the pet and the owner. Mostly no problems with cleaning etc.. but there are few cases per year, that some owners with pets are really dirty, and because of those few cases, I decided not to accept pets. Only if booked directly from our web page and under special conditions (must be trained or well behaved, must use his own pet bed, etc...).

1 year ago
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M Adamopoulou

My property is pet friendly. My fee is also 10 Euro/day per pet now. I used to have it completely free but one night when my guests arrived they opened their van and inside there were 7 dogs all quite and beautiful in their cages.

You can imagine my surprise. The dogs were all champions and had come to attend a dog show competition.

To make a story short my guests were very responsible people and the dogs behaved to the maximum.

They cleaned the whole place and left me again surprised.

Although this experience was terrific and I love dogs, I decided to allow only one pet uppon request.

So it all depends on how responsible guests are.

6 months ago
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Bandara Hotels…

I think the fees is depend on you. you can research about other hotel near you for your guideline.

6 months ago
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michael beeston

We do not allow either Pets or Children and it works wonders.although we have 5 grandchildren and used to have 2 cats and a small dog ourselves ,BUT for the apartment No.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

michael-beeston we are in a country village and is convenient for guests to bring their pets so for the time being my place is pet friendly.

Amazing things happen all the time at The Adams Studio in Oropos....

6 months ago
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Felipe

We also accept pets but under some conditions and it is why we do not define ourselves as pets friendly but open to host them.

1) we do not charge for the pet

2) dangerous dogs like pit bull, rottweiler, german shepperd, doberman ... are not allowed (too risky and make our job harder if we have to access the unit to clean or ...)

3) the pet can be in the living room, bathroom ... but obviously not on the top of the chaise long or bed and is not allowed inside the bedrooms (wood floor) and for respect to the next guest even if we clean you can allways still get some smell or whatever...

4) ask for security deposit and if he pie on the matress or ... will keep the deposit for extra cleaning ...

On a reservation point of view we notice a boost as in town many other accommodations (hotels, pensions, flats) do not accept them.

So far we have not decide to charge for them but 10 euros may help us as well ... still thinking to charge or not ...

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Felipe I like your conditions. Although I also state that pets are not allowed on bed, sofas, furniture etc. how can we be sure that pets dont get on beds??? Most guests they will probably ignore our rules.

I have a dog and he is not permitted to get on furniture but most of our friends let their pets everywhere.

I am confused sometimes to be or not to be pet friendly???

6 months ago
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Felipe

Their is no way to know if the pet was in the room or not except if we add cameras in the rooms ... lol

What is sure is that if we go to clean the room and see the cat on the bed (long stay) or a pie of a pet on the bed next morning the pet was or is in the bedroom ... even if you have lemon to clean you will not like it and I do not talk if you have just change to brand new matress ...

The pets lose a lot of hairs ... so when you clean you will see it anyway. May be too late as the guest already checkout but if he comes back you know what to expect with that someone and let him know.

Then you can either decline his next booking or as you know what happen already ask him for an extra charge even if normaly you do not do it ... it is also why for pets we advertise as charges may apply ... so it give us the way to not charge anything, charge a unacceptable amount if it is a pitbull (way to say no and cancel) or a small amount if we saw already issues (if small behaviors) with that guest with previous bookings.

6 months ago
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Beach House on…

We are completely pet-friendly and I must say we have not had any real issues so far. I do not charge for pets, but do ask owners to clean up after their pets outside, that pets are not allowed on couches, beds etc, and that big dogs especially are not allowed inside the house. Most rules are probably ignored so it is a gamble, however I have managed to live with this, as I would rather have a booking, than turn someone away due to a no-pet policy. Like I said, we haven't had many (or any) problems as yet. We have a long stay in December (19 nights) for 3 couples with 6 dogs.....I'll update again in January about my no-pet policy!!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi! Beach-House-on-Fairway and welcome to the forum. I agree with you, Hosting is a gamble in many ways. 6 dogs a great experience you will have. At least they informed you. In my case my guests without informing me they brought 7 dogs. All of them with championships. Unbelievable experience at the end of the day they left my place spotless. Good luck...

6 months ago
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Felipe

so far we got enought booking with pets that went well in order to still accept them. Nevertheless over maybe 20 booking with pets 2 of them did not go that well. one was with a cat that we could not remove from the bed (as we were doing the room and changing the bedsheets) till we call the owner ... that cat also left his nail on the chaise longue. Just a bit but still.

And 1 dog once pie on the bed and we had to clean the whole bed (linen, duvet as well) and lucky us did not reach the matress.

All in all we still want to accept them as we look to the 90% that go smooth but have to remember that is a risk and 10% do not go that smooth.

I also want to tell that we are talking about pets but sometimes some kids or even adults can be worst.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Felipe I absolutely agree with you. Adults can be more worse.

6 months ago
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Innkeeper

We have a pet-friendly bed and breakfast. After the first year, we have decided to raise the pet fee as it requires much longer times to clean rooms. Hair, mud everywhere. Many people ignore the rules and allow their shedding pets on the beds. We've had to throw out sheets, pillow cases and duvets. Had one dog scratch at the door when guests left them unattended. (Against our policies). Most people are responsible and it does bring in extra money. But you do need to price your rooms accordingly because there will be damage from the few people that just don't care. (as with anything) I've thought about charging based on long or short hair.

6 months ago
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Jack Alty

Not really. Had one or two dogs in time of over 2 years.

6 months ago
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Felipe

Dear Innkeeper, may I ask you why you decide to charge everyone an amount when as we do (pet is free of charge) we ask a security deposit and release if we see no damage or bad behaviors. In that way obviously everyone is ask for a security deposit (but also do not pay an extra charge) but it is only release to the nice once and for the bad ones you just take few pictures and keep the deposit accordingly or give back half of it or ... accordingly to the issue and damage.

6 months ago
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Felipe

if many local hosting place near by you allowed pets you may get only few but if most of the local hosting places refuse to host pets you are quite in a short list and may have more bookings link to it.

6 months ago
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Mazen

Hi... In our Hotels, Pets are not allowed... :(

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

In most hotels in Greece pets are not allowed. Since my Studio is located in a country village pets can enjoy their stay and have fun. If guests are responsible so their dogs are, making everybody happy.

6 months ago
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k2u

We are a Motel.. have only certain rooms that are Pet (Dog only) Friendly due to other guests having allergies. We charge $10 per stay per dog (2 small max or 1 medium/larger)

We have strict rules and restrictions Not allowed on beds at all. Although once guest has checked out we wash all bedding covers to be sure of no fleas or dog hair, dirt, ect.. Dogs are NOT allowed to be left alone while guests are out and about. We cannot take care of them for you. We put this in place when a guest said it was a small dog when she booked, well the guest left the dog in the room which by the way was not small by any means. Well, the dog barked and barked, when we attempted to enter the room we could not. When the guest came back after not being able to reach them for some time, we went into the room and noticed the damage done and he chewed part of the window sill to get out of the room. At that point we almost became not pet friendly. Instead we put the restriction in place. It is posted in the office as well.

Now I have a question as well pertaining to this... Although it specifically states on BDC guest must contact property if bringing pet. It also says if availability.. a lot of the guests do not tell us and hide the dogs in the car and park their car in the parking lot so we cannot see the dog. When the housekeeper goes in the next day we then find out there is a dog or was. Or I would see the guest walking the dog and ask them to please come to the office, they then say they did not see where this is posted on BDC. We then charge them. Now I had a guest cancel because she booked a room recently with a king. She had called me for another reason, but asked me if there was definitely a king bed n the room because she needed to make sure the dog would fit on the bed with her and her husband and who would be walking the dog ????? I told her to please read the pet rules and restrictions and then also explained them to her. She said "Well what am I supposed to do with him while we are gone. He always sleeps with us. I had said again, you must bring the dog with you while out and about and not allowed on the beds. I told her why we cannot allow this. I also suggested that she bring the dog to a Doggie B&B (we have one around the corner from us which is great). She said I was ridiculous and very cold hearted.. hum

6 months ago
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michael beeston

K2U...............Pets..a difficult question sometimes, we have our apartment in a high rise so the issue of Pets does not come into the equation BUT we have had 4 or 5 requests for Pets and have said NO...... but thank goodness we fill the apartment anyway so it works for us ,BUT I think it depends on the individual and location (such as your property "M") and your own feelings towards pets and things..............We have a B@B for dogs and cats close by so if we get a request for a pet we give the B@B phone number..K2U..............it sounds if that lady was not that nice anyway.!!!!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Pets, pets they are so nice. We humans are spoiled. I agree being pet friendly is a hard question. It all has to do with guests being responsible. I also have a small dog inside my house but I take care of him as a member of family. Has two beds for sleeping one in the living room and one in our bedroom. I don’t allow him to get on sofas, beds etc. and when I go out even in winter time I take him out in the garden. I have told you the story with the 7 dogs, being so obedient and clean thanks to their owners.
Being pet friendly can be a tough problem if guests are not responsible.

6 months ago
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k2u

Yes Michael she was not nice at all, complained about everything.

M.. pets are wonderful, we have many great pets that come here.. love them !! However, responsible she definitely was not.

6 months ago
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Felipe

@k2u ...

what you mention about guest leaving the pet hidden in the car sounds to me like some guest does with us...

We offer flats (3 bedrooms) with full capacity for 6 or 7 ppl and the prices are build from 2 to 7 with base price for 2 and additional 25 euros / guest / night.

Link to it, some book for example for 3 ppl... 1 comes to collect the keys ... and few minutes or hours later you see 5ppl for example staying the whole night in the unit...

How creative are some to get more for less money ?

6 months ago
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michael beeston

Have to agree k2u, you cant please all the people all of the time......we had a male guest last year who wanted to go to the Horse racing ( The Race Course is about a 20 minute walk or 6 minutes by taxi)..he gave us 7.5 for location, because it took him too long to get to the Races !!!!!! .GUESS WHAT..he has just booked again for next year !!!..UNBELIEVABLE !!!!, but the difference he was and is a nice guy.................Not like your lady (awful)

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Like I said some guests just want to nag for something can’t believe that everything is perfect.

6 months ago