visitor 1Summertime means more travel and hopefully traveling with your pet or service dog to see family or friends. Remembering to be a good house guest makes for a more peaceful and relaxing visit for everyone and increases the likelihood that you will be more than welcome for a future visit.

Keep in mind that the rules might not be the same at your host’s home as at yours and err on the cautious side when allowing your pooch rein of the home.

Here are some tips to help make the visit more enjoyable for everyone involved:



Talk openly with your host about their expectations, about allergy concerns, and about any special rules or requests they might have.

Bathe and brush your dog, making sure your dog is clean and fresh smelling before arrival.

Pack extra towels for cleaning muddy or wet feet, an extra leash, poop bags, a portable crate, dog bed, food bowls, food, appropriate chew toys, license or vet information, and any other necessary supplies.

visitor 2Make sure your dog is crate trained to lie quietly with a toy, without barking or whining in a crate for at least a few hours at a time.


Take the dog frequently to the designated potty spot.

Diligently pick up poop in the yard and dispose of poop bags outside, not inside.

Take your dog on long walks, whenever possible, to release extra energy. A tired dog is generally an easier house guest.

Exercise good manners such as not allowing the dog to jump on screen or slider doors, or on furniture.

Supervise the dog when outside at all times to prevent digging, chewing, or other destructive behaviors usually caused from boredom.

Wipe muddy or wet paws anytime your dog comes inside.


Vacuum up any visible dog hair or debris left from your pooch and mop or clean any muddy prints on floors.

Wipe nose or paw prints left on windows or slider doors.

Double check for any “presents” left in the front or back yard and pick them up accordingly.

Hopefully with a little extra planning and good manners you and your pooch will be invited back for many more traveling adventures.

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of, an online travel magazine. Carmel’s been on local talk radio for 17 years and now co-hosts THE GOOD LIFE with Mike the Wine Guy on KMYC 1410AM. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: You can follow her on Twitter: @CarmelLeeMooney or Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs.