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Skiing and dogs

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I've noticed from snippets of info in various posts that quite a lot of Bears also have dogs. So what do you do with them when you go skiing? Kennels? Dog-sitter? Family look after them? Take them with you? On the piste? Leave them in the car? None of the above?

I've seen dogs on chairlifts here before now, but with two large excitable dogs, we tend to leave them at home for day trips and my mother will let them out at lunch time, or if we go for a week we have an excellent (if expensive) kennel near us. However, I always feel a little bit guilty about leaving them behind. I've just discovered a hotel that positions itself as particularly dog friendly, they supply bowls, beds and food, have a dog sitting service and take their guests' dogs for a 20 minute walk at lunchtime while the guests are skiing.

So those of you with dogs, what do you do?
post #2 of 25
we do day trips and leave home all day unattended...cant use kennel so no overnite trips "both dogs were abandond at least 3 times and feel they remember being left at spca".ps.large dogs 100 and 75 lbs
post #3 of 25
I have four Siberian huskies, but before we ever owned Siberians, we were prepared. Back when we owned a townhouse, we constructed secure kenneling (dig-proof and climb-proof) large enough for all day use. Here we have an entire INDOOR kennel, heated, with doggie doors to the outside poo area.

The only issues have been if we have to go away to ski (or play in the sun down in the Caribbean). When we were back east, though, we had a condo at the ski area and the husband or I took turns skiing or baby/dogsitting until the year he stopped skiing and then it was easy. If we leave here together, the kennels are secure enough for them to be left overnight and we get someone in to feed them and let them run around in the fenced yard twice a day. In the 14 years we've had dogs, we've only taken them to another place 5 times and all those times it was with people who owned other Siberians and knew what they were getting into. Dogs are a huge problem in my opinion and I look forward to the day we can just take off with no worries. (I know, why did I get them? I ask myself this all the time.)
post #4 of 25
We have a beagel/terrier at 14yrs. Day trips we usually bring her with. She stays in the vehicle with a break at lunch to do her business. Longer trips she stays home with a sitter.
post #5 of 25
I take my Lab (Lily) with my all the time. She loves being on the snow, but I have to watch for paw slicing when she gets too close to my edges. Several times she has sliced the inner part of her front paw on my back egde. Now a few "back" calls to here and she knows to stay back.

Pwdr
post #6 of 25
I see dogs in cars/trucks alot at local resorts. i don't get it. I would never leave my dog all day in a car much less an unprotected truck. When i go for weekend trips i have a dogsitter that has other dogs so she can play and feel secure.Now she has new friends there and they get along well.

skidbump i bet your dogs love their life with you. Good for you.Maybe you can find a friend that will care for them so you can go for a weekend trip .
post #7 of 25
We always take our dog with us. More and more accomdations appear to be pet-friendly but you still have to search more carefully and there often is an additional fee. We've been lucky to find places near a trail which makes dog walking that much more enjoyable. The Stowe Recreation Path is a great example. We also found a nice place in Sutton.
post #8 of 25
We always travel with our dogs, unless we are going overseas.

Almost all of the higher-end hotels in North America are great with dogs, and there are many hotels and motels "along the way" in Canada or the US to make life much easier for huge amount of people who travel with their dogs.
Planning ahead is key, as with anything.

One of our dogs, recently departed, was especially thrilled to stay in hotels where doormen would make sure she never had to wait for an open door!

The Metropolitan in Vancouver sent up a human size bed for the dogs. It was very low to the floor - perfect for the older dogs.
post #9 of 25
We too take ours with us. In Denver we have dog door so we can leave them all day if need be. It has been over 11 years since we had to put them in a kennel overnight. Then only for our wedding as all of our friends were with us We are lucky to have friends with 2 dogs that take ours when we HAVE to leave them behind. We take theirs when they have to leave theirs behind. It is the deal ,whenever one of us ask you take them. We have had their dogs the past few Christmases and Thanksgivings. Makes for a very small condo with at least 4 dogs in it! Actually our dogs were a motivator in getting a condo in the mountains. I was not above sneaking them into places. Once or twice we left them at a kennel in Breck that just put all the social dogs in a big yard. They thought that was pretty fun.

I often see dogs tied up to the end of cars. I too do not get it. We once found a dog that almost hung itself. He had tangled himself in the leash then tried to jump back into the truck. We took him home left a note on the truck. That owner got quite an earful before I let him have his dog back. :
post #10 of 25
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Do you guys just leave your dogs in the hotel rooms then? And everything works OK? The kennel we use is great, the dogs have a ball and they are walked for 2-3 hours every morning there
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kima
Actually our dogs were a motivator in getting a condo in the mountains.
Yes, us too. Seems kind of crazy, but it was definitely a factor.

The only time I snuck her into a condo, she woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach ailment. THAT was fun.
post #12 of 25
This is one area where having a non-skier/boarder husband really works out good. He gets to stay home and dog and cat sit while my daughter and I go on the slopes.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by eng_ch
Do you guys just leave your dogs in the hotel rooms then? And everything works OK? The kennel we use is great, the dogs have a ball and they are walked for 2-3 hours every morning there
We leave them in the hotel room (after a good long walk and/or vigorous exercise, of course) and just say "no" to room service. Food and fresh water is always left, obviously.

As soon as I'm off the hill the first priority is to give the dogs a good walk and a lot of attention.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by segbrown
Yes, us too. Seems kind of crazy, but it was definitely a factor.

The only time I snuck her into a condo, she woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach ailment. THAT was fun.
Poor you. Poor Puppy. Yeah sneaking them in made for some stressful times. I suspect that your dog is as spoiled as ours. On second thought, most that post to this thread have the right attitude about our pets. They are part of the family
post #15 of 25
Our next door neighbor takes care of ours when we're gone for more than 10-12 hrs. However, the best vacation we ever had was last year when we rented a house and took the dogs with us. They loved being able to go and it made us go out and walk for a while instead of flopping on the couch after skiing all day. They're old enough now (12 & 14), though that they have a difficult time getting in and out of the van.

The cat had to fend for himself for the week.
post #16 of 25
Barf!

Can someone post a list of hotels and motels that offer this service...so I know which places to avoid!

I think it would be disgusting to rent a hotel room and find out that someone had been staying there with their pets. Who wants to come home after a day a skiing to a room that smells like wet dog? That's gross.

I think I would rather stay in a smoking room than a kenel room.

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a carpet that a dog has spent a week pissing on.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by goriders
Barf!

Can someone post a list of hotels and motels that offer this service...so I know which places to avoid!
Most hotel rooms that allow dogs are also smoking rooms. You will never smell the dogs over the smell of the cigarettes.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by goriders
Barf!

Can someone post a list of hotels and motels that offer this service...so I know which places to avoid!

I think it would be disgusting to rent a hotel room and find out that someone had been staying there with their pets. Who wants to come home after a day a skiing to a room that smells like wet dog? That's gross.

I think I would rather stay in a smoking room than a kenel room.

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a carpet that a dog has spent a week pissing on.
I can't even guess at your lifestyle if your so well-acquainted with the smell of a week's worth of dog urine, but I can kind of guess that most of the people on this forum don't mistreated their dogs so badly that the dogs are constantly urinating indoors.

BTW - there's no such thing as a "kennel room" - it's a hotel room. And chances are good you've stayed in one a dog has stayed in...I hope you can handle the trauma.

I think the best solution is that you post a list of hotels you stay at and all of us and our dogs will avoid you.
...Or you could get to know dogs a little bit - maybe they'd help you lighten up a little.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by MWskier
Most hotel rooms that allow dogs are also smoking rooms. You will never smell the dogs over the smell of the cigarettes.
This is sounding more and more attractive all the time...
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
I think the best solution is that you post a list of hotels you stay at and all of us and our dogs will avoid you.
My list includes hotels and motels who's names don't include the word kennel.
post #20 of 25
1. bought a house in VT so my dogs would have a safe place during the day
2. have a boyfriend who doesn't ski and keeps 'em when i go west.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by goriders

My list includes hotels and motels who's names don't include the word kennel.
Huh?

Anyway, if you want to stay in hotels that have never had a dog as a guest you'll have to skip most of the best hotels in the world.

They'll miss your custom, I'm sure.
post #22 of 25
In my experience, small children are a lot more likely to urinate unpredictably than dogs are.
post #23 of 25
For many years we rented a place for the season near the ski area, but it was still 7 miles away. We would just spend weekends there. We would bring our dog with us and leave him in the car with food, water, and the windows open a bit. It was an SUV and we'd leave the back seats down so that he had room to stretch out. My wife would let him out once or twice during the day and let him play in the woods with one of his friends that also stayed in his owner's car.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Anyway, if you want to stay in hotels that have never had a dog as a guest you'll have to skip most of the best hotels in the world.

They'll miss your custom, I'm sure.
1. I have never seen anyone in a hotel lobby checking in with a dog in tow.

2. I have no issue with dogs in hotels - I just think that hotels need to alert people to that fact.

Rooms that are open to pet use should be flagged as such. Some people don't want to stay in a room that may have been the lucky recipient of some dog's accident...or fleas, etc. etc.

I have issues with people who aren't responsible for the actions (intentional or otherwise) of their pets.

Here's a scenario: say your dog stays in a hotel room and has an "accident" on the floor. Do you:

1. Give the hotel manager a copy of your Visa so they can rip up and replace the carpet and carpet underlay that is now soaked in your dog's urine. It may be several hundred dollars to fix this issue but hey, it was my dog that took a dump in the corner afterall. Why should I subject anyone else to this inconvenience?

2. Quick token mop up and leave - hey, what are maids for anyways? A little air freshener and off we go! People who are offended by the smell of dog urine, or don't want to sleep on a mattress that may now have my dog's fleas need to...

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Originally Posted by OldSchool
get to know dogs a little bit - maybe they'd help you lighten up a little.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by goriders
1. I have never seen anyone in a hotel lobby checking in with a dog in tow.
Well, color me surprised. Some hotels do not allow dogs, but so many do that I am *shocked* you've never seen a dog at check-in. In some cases dogs don't come through the lobby because the designated *doggie rooms* have outside access for potty breaks, and people just bring their pets in through the sliding glass door.

As noted by a pp, many of the best hotels in the world offer a warm welcome to dogs. The Four Seasons in Jackson Hole, for instance. If you bring your dog to stay, they set out china water and food dishes (complete with bottled water), dog treats, and a little doggie bed. Certain rooms are designated dog rooms, and there are usually policies around leaving your pet in the room alone (for instance that a walker need come by at certain intervals or that if there are any noise complaints the dog won't be left again). Our dog was, unfortunately, over their self-imposed weight limit when we last stayed there (she is 60lbs of Humane Society love), so the concierge arranged a stay for her at a local kennel with lots of walks and a play yard.

Dogs are also very welcome at the Little Nell in Aspen. I haven't stayed there, but we were once having a quick drink in the lobby bar and a waitress overheard me asking my husband to check on our dog in the car. She told us to bring the puppy in, and then showered her with pats and treats, while the dog lolled in front of the fire. Lots of other dogs marched through the lobby that night, both with owners and with staffers (walking the dogs for their owners, I presume).

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Originally Posted by goriders
Rooms that are open to pet use should be flagged as such. Some people don't want to stay in a room that may have been the lucky recipient of some dog's accident...or fleas, etc. etc.

I have issues with people who aren't responsible for the actions (intentional or otherwise) of their pets.
As for this and your subsequent scenario, every hotel where we've ever stayed with our dog has required a doggie deposit at check-in, as well as a credit card imprint. I can only imagine that if our dog were to make a terrible mess that we would be appropriately charged for fumigation/cleaning or even soft goods replacement.

The simple fact of the matter, though, is that I have rarely met anyone who travels with a dog that ill-trained. Very few people would want to regularly share a car or hotel room with a dog that was making messes all the time or shredding upholstery. Or, for that matter, with a dog with fleas. Our dog is so well mannered that if she has a stomach ailment she will find the nearest hard-surface floor to vomit, rather than do it on the carpet. Dog vomit, like child vomit or drunken-bachelor-party vomit, is easily cleaned up from a tile floor.

Accidents (and nasty little beasties) do happen, though, which is why hotels do usually try to reserve certain rooms for pet use. And since they often are, as a pp mentioned, the smoking rooms, I get to hate my surroundings. You may be offended by even the smallest whiff of ten-year-old dog urine, but I am horribly offended by drapes that have soaked up 20 years of tar. : Finally, I'd rather stay in a room that was previously occupied by a dog than one that had hosted a big bachelor soiree the night before. Let's just say that I have experienced the second of those two scenarios, and there were more than a few *souvenirs* waiting for us at check-in. Strange and unfortunate things happen in hotel rooms all the time. . . and dogs aren't the cause of all (or even most) of them!
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