How to make your holiday property dog-friendly

How to make your holiday property dog-friendly

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Dog-friendly holiday properties

Welcoming dogs into your holiday home is possibly one of the best decisions you’ll ever make! Why? Not only will you immediately increase your pool of potential guests, but properties which accept dogs get on average 18% more bookings during off peak periods than those which don’t.

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What’s more, if other holiday properties in your area don’t accept pets, yours stands out as the perfect choice. Over a third of our bookings in the last 12 months have included a dog – that’s a market worth tapping into!

Imagine the holiday home market as a giant game of ‘Guess Who?’ – the potential guests have a set of criteria in mind, and the more you can say ‘yes’ to, the more likely your property is to stand out at the end.

As you’re reading this article, hopefully you’re on board with the idea that welcoming guests with four-legged friends is a great move. You may be wondering, however, if there’s anything you need to do to make your property dog-friendly. The simple answer is not a lot.

You could start accepting dog bookings tomorrow, there’s nothing special you need to do.

That said, to make your canine guests’ stay as comfortable as possible, you may wish to think about the following things.

How many dogs will you allow at once?

People with more than one dog may often struggle to find suitable accommodation, so if you can solve their problem, you’re very likely to secure their booking. Of course, if space is an issue, you might decide to limit guests to one dog per booking – it’s completely up to you.

Are you happy to accept all breeds?

Many owners are happy to welcome all dog breeds into their holiday home, but if you have a small property, or limited outdoor space, you may wish to only accept smaller breeds. Here at holidaycottages.co.uk, we check the breed for you directly with guests when they book.

Rules for dog owners

In our experience, dogs make fantastic guests, but it helps to have a short list of rules to make sure everyone is on the same page. At holidaycottages.co.uk we make guests aware of our rules as part of the booking process and find that most of our owners are very positive about their guests with dogs. What’s more, we charge a fee of £20 per week for bookings with dogs, so you can earn yourself a little extra too..

Practicalities

Inside the house, have a look around and see if you can identify any areas which may be harmful to dogs. Keep any cleaning products up high and tuck away any cables which may be nibbled if left within sight. It’s a good idea to leave a vacuum cleaner accessible for guests, as they will often pop it round before they leave. Some come with pet hair attachments, so this may be something you want to consider.

In the garden, make sure that you don’t use pesticides, weed killers or slug pellets which would be harmful to dogs. There are also some species of plant which are poisonous, some which you wouldn’t expect like daffodils and hydrangeas. There are many dog-friendly alternatives which will keep your garden looking equally vibrant.

Insurance

When you are insuring your property, make sure that the policy you choose includes cover for damage caused by domestic pets. This puts your mind at ease when it comes to (unlikely) accidents involving your four-legged guests.

Enclosed garden

It’s preferable to have an enclosed garden, or separate space where dogs can safely wander around outside without escaping. Leave a poop scoop somewhere obvious so that guests can easily clean up after their dogs.

Doggy welcome pack

If you’re providing a small welcome pack for your guests, it will go down a treat if you include a little something for their four-legged friends too. Some doggy treats, an inexpensive toy and a few essentials such as poop bags are all you need to provide to help your furry guests feel at home. Not only is it a lovely welcome on arrival, but you can include the doggy welcome pack in your advert which will definitely appeal to dog owners.

There are hundreds of dogs across the country whose owners are looking for a property just like yours. You’d be barking to miss out on this valuable market!

If you would like to talk to one of our friendly advisors about becoming a dog-friendly holiday property, give us a call on 01237 459951. Find more handy articles on holiday letting in our Owner Advice Centre.

Posted by Clare on 12 June 2017

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