Table of contents
- What is pet friendly accommodation?
- What should I expect from pet friendly accommodation?
- 6 ways to make travelling with your pet a fulfilling experience
- What are the benefits of pet-friendly travel?
- Creating the comfort of home when you’re travelling with your pet
Pets today are a much-loved member of the family…. each with their own individual personalities, attitudes, and playfulness! These beloved creatures have become an extension of our families, spoilt in every way, with many ruling the roost!
Seeking companionship, it’s no surprise that there are over 28.7 million pets across 6.9 million homes across Australia1. That’s more pets than people!
Travelling away from home can be a rollercoaster of emotions for pet owners. You may feel excited for the adventure, but also worried about how your pet will handle your absence. To ease these concerns and stay connected with your furry friend, the best option is to bring them along on your travels!
In this article, we explain pet-friendly accommodation, and what you can expect when travelling with your pets. We suggest six ways to make your pet-friendly travel a fulfilling experience, and how Corporate Living Accommodation Abbotsford has purr-fected the art of ensuring both you and your furry companion feel at home during your stay with us.
What is pet-friendly accommodation?
Pet-friendly accommodation is, as the name suggests, accommodation that welcomes your furry friends while you’re travelling away from home.
The recent popularity of pet-friendly accommodations worldwide has seen many providers invite pets to stay with their owners, providing special amenities and spaces to make pets feel right at home. From hotels to camping sites, finding accommodation that allows pets to join the journey has never been easier.
The idea behind these pet-friendly places is to create a friendly atmosphere for travellers and their pets. It’s all about making it convenient for pet owners to bring their furry pals on their trips without compromising anyone’s comfort or safety.
Travelling with your pet provides comfort and companionship for you and reduces the stress and worry of leaving them behind. Their presence brings a sense of home to your travels, fostering a unique feeling of belonging, comfort, and familiarity.
It’s important to keep in mind that not all accommodation providers are pet-friendly, though, with building regulations and body corporate rules preventing some properties from welcoming pets. This excludes service animals.
What should I expect from pet-friendly accommodation?
When choosing pet-friendly accommodation, the focus should be on ensuring a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for you and your furry companion. Checking for specific pet amenities, understanding accommodation policies, and considering the surroundings and convenience will help you find the perfect place for a delightful stay with your pet.
Some accommodation providers will welcome you and your pets, bringing everything they need on your travels. Other providers will supply the essentials, with pet-friendly features like beds, food and water bowls, and designated areas for playtime.
Each provider will have their own rules about the type, size, and number of pets allowed, along with guidelines on how pets should behave in shared spaces. Some accommodation might have additional charges for pets, with these fees covering the cost of deep cleaning following your stay. This ensures that the next pet and their owners easily settle into the accommodation.
Accommodation providers should share information about extra fees or deposit requirements before booking.
6 ways to make travelling with your pet a fulfilling experience
There are a few things you can do to make travelling with your pet a paws-itive experience:
- Be prepared: Bring along familiar items such as their bedding, favourite toys, and food to maintain a sense of home and comfort. If that’s not possible, ensure your accommodation provider is pet friendly and can help you prepare your accommodation for your arrival.
- Stick to routines: Try to maintain your pet’s daily schedule as closely as possible. Familiar routines help them feel secure in an unfamiliar environment.
- Explore pet-friendly places: Find pet-friendly parks, walking trails, or nearby pet-friendly facilities to keep them engaged and happy. Your accommodation provider can connect you with pet-friendly places.
- Utilise pet-friendly amenities: Take advantage of accommodations that provide pet-specific amenities, such as designated play areas and pet beds, ensuring your pet feels at ease.
- Creating a calm environment: Pets often pick up on their owner’s emotions. Maintain a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere to keep them stress-free. Ask your accommodation provider what they can do to help your pet feel at home during your stay.
- Offer extra love and attention: During travel, pets might need more reassurance, attention, and affection. Being in a new environment, they might initially feel anxious, but some extra cuddles should help reduce that! Leaving a piece of your clothing or a favourite toy can help create a sense of calm.
What are the benefits of pet-friendly travel?
The list of benefits when it comes to pet-friendly travel is longer than a retractable leash! Many studies have shown that the human-animal bond is so powerful that in as little as 10 minutes, you can alleviate tension, elevate your mood, and minimise stress levels.
We know that for many pet owners, your animals are much more than pets; they’re cherished family members. Having them accompany you on your travels provides comfort and companionship. It also reduces feelings of loneliness and anxiety, especially in unfamiliar environments. These are common feelings among extended-stay travellers.
Travelling with your pet isn’t just about meeting their physical needs; it’s also about nurturing their emotional well-being. Pets experience emotions like separation anxiety, just as humans do when apart from their loved ones. Bringing them along on your travels helps reduce this anxiety and fosters a sense of security and comfort. Plus, it provides a unique opportunity to bond with your pet, sharing new experiences together during your travels.
Creating the comfort of home when you’re travelling with your pet
We understand that your pet is an integral part of your family. That’s why our Abbotsford residences are designed to cater to their needs as much as yours; we strive to ensure your pet feels at home.
At Corporate Living Accommodation (CLA) Abbotsford, we believe in creating a haven that encapsulates elements of home for your pet. We don’t pretend we know what you and your pet need during your travels. We work with you to tailor your accommodation to suit both you and your furry companion. We invite you to bring along your pet’s favourite items, like a bed, toys, and bowls. If that’s not logistically possible, we will learn what matters most to you and your pet. Then we tailor your residence specifically to you, whether that’s a pheromone diffuser, a scratching post, a snuggly bed, or a packet of tennis balls!
We aim to provide a seamless transition and ensure your pet feels as settled as you do.
Corporate Living Accommodation’s pet-friendly Melbourne serviced apartments are conveniently located in Abbotsford, near dog parks and walking trails. This makes it a breeze to explore our beautiful city with your furry friend by your side. Our friendly team is always happy to share their local knowledge and personal tips on pet-friendly cafes, doggy daycare providers, pet stores, and groomers.
Our commitment doesn’t stop at providing a pet-friendly space; we’re dedicated to welcoming every member of your family, ensuring that your stay is filled with cherished moments and comfort for all.
Pet-friendly travel provides many advantages. It fosters a deeper connection between humans and their pets. And, ensures a stress-free and comfortable experience for you and your furry friend. It allows for shared adventures, comfort in familiarity, and the joy of exploring new places together. This makes the journey more memorable for everyone involved.
Our pet-friendly accommodation in Melbourne is more than just a place to stay—it’s a sanctuary where you and your beloved pet can create lasting, heartwarming memories together.
Explore our pet-friendly accommodation at Corporate Living Accommodation Abbotsford.
Contact our team to learn how we can support you with pet-friendly accommodation.
1Animal Medicines Australia Pty Ltd, Pets in Australia: A national survey of pets and people, 2022