Swimming pool, water, ladder, skimming tool, dog floats
Extra towels for pets (colored towels)
Waterproof blanket for sofa or beds
Vacuum and enzyme cleaner for pet hair and stains.
First aid kit
Cat scratch thingy/cat toys?
Dog-friendly restaurants and shops
Emergency Vet and groomer recommendations, doggy daycare,
Info about nearby trails, beaches, and parks
Guest Communication and Rules
Be clear about pet rules. If they can’t get on the sofa, where can they hang out - pet beds? Blankets? If they sleep on the bed, they are going to sleep on the bed… you can’t stop them, so make it easier.
Where do they dispose of dog poop? Do you have bags? A specific trash can?
Pet fees - consider both options - does it cost you more money to allow pets? Does it cost you more to allow 2? Why not big dogs? Consider extra cleaning fees if there is a problem (deposit)
Pet communication - a letter to the dogs about rules and where they can go. (from your pet to theirs?)
Add a section to your guest guide and send an email out before the stay reminding them of where they can take their pet - trails, beaches, times, restaurants, parks, etc.
Marketing your dog-friendly vacation rental
Website and listing sites:
Optimize your listing. Use those terms pet-friendly, dog-friendly, love dogs, pets welcome, we love our dogs and we will love yours, Do keyword research.
Pet-friendly filter on your website. (cottage stays )
Add a full paragraph about your pet-friendly features to your listing description
Lots of photos of dogs enjoying your home and the amenities you provide. Stayed at a place because of a photo of a dog in the pool.
Blog posts about dog-friendly things to do. Articles about dog-friendly restaurants, hiking trails, etc.
Share engaging content featuring pets enjoying your property,
post helpful tips for traveling with pets, and
engage with pet-related communities
Consider pet travel influencers.
Use pet-related hashtags on Instagram (show notes) #dogfriendlyairbnb huge, but think of smaller more specific hashtags like “#dogfriendlyaustin
Consider sharing photos and reels of your own pets to increase your following.
This can help you reach a wider audience of pet owners.
Ask guests to send photos and videos of their pets playing and make this a reel or highlight series.
Collect specific reviews from dog parents and display those on social media
Dog-friendly travel groups on Facebook
Share your love of pets with your audience.
lead magnet - dog-friendly things to do.
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