Top 10 Tips for AirBnB Hosting as a Dog Owner

AirBnB hosting as a dog owner comes with its on unique challenges, but can also be a feature that draws guests to your AirBnB home.  Following these top 10 tips for AirBnB host dog owners will improve your guest experience and get you those 5 stars reviews your need to be an AirBnB Superhost!

When I first started my AirBnB hosting business, I did not have any pets.  I was able to get a good handle on how to run my AirBnB home and how to manage guests.  When I decided to get a dog, I was concerned that being a dog owner as an AirBnB host would deter guests from booking my AirBnB listing.

Even with this concern, I took the plunge and adopted the sweetest border collie on the planet.  Brodie’s first experience as my AirBnB co-host was not the smoothest, but  both him and myself have worked out all the kinks and the popularity of my AirBnB has gone through the roof!

Top 10 Tips for AirBnB Hosting as a Dog Owner

My co-host, Brodie. He thinks every day is Christmas!

By following some simple tips and tricks, you can avoid the mistakes that Brodie and I made and


Top 10 Tips for AirBnB Hosting as a Dog Owner

  1. Make sure you note you have a dog on your AirBnB listing! – I was careful to make sure I did this from day one.  This is a key part of making sure your AirBnB listing is perfectly accurate.  The check box for this is under the “Amenities” tab on your AirBnB listing.
  2. Mention your dog prior to arrival in an AirBnB message – Even though you have noted your have a dog in your amenities, many guests may have skimmed over that point or have forgotten.  I like to mention that I have a dog in my AirBnB pre-arrival message as a kind reminder and to ensure my AirBnB guests will not be startled when they meet Brodie.
  3. Keep your dog away when welcoming guests – I have found that even the sweetest dogs can put AirBnB guests a little on edge as they walk in the door.  By keeping your dog away from guests as they enter your AirBnB home for the first time, you can avoid this awkward moment.
  4. Introduce your dog to your AirBnB guests – Once you’ve greeted your guests, politely ask if they’d like to meet your dog.  This will prepare your guests to be welcomed by your best friend and keep the atmosphere in your house happy and fun!
  5. Sequester your dog (if needed) – Depending on your dog’s personality, you may find it best to keep him or her in a different room while you are away.  If you don’t mind having your pup walk around the house during the day, make sure your guests are aware of this and also ok with it!  Some guests may not be comfortable around dogs, or not want to see them at all.  If that’s the case, I keep my dog out of sight during the time the guests are around.
  6. Keep treats available! – More often than not, your guests will want to interact with your dog.  Have some treats available so your AirBnB guests and your dog will enjoy Pet Botanics Training Reward Treats Bacon Flavor - Top 10 Tips for AirBnB Hosting as a Dog Ownertheir time together.  I find that Brodie really like the bacon flavor Pet Botanics Training Reward Treats and also the  Mini Milkbones.  He really enjoys having a little nibble as a reward for being such a good boy!
  7. Clean Clean Clean! – If you have a dog, you have to clean even more than before!  Make this a part of your AirBnB cleaning routine.  Most guests will not have a huge problem if they see a dog hair in your house, but that’s not an excuse to let it get out of control.  I vacuum the common areas of my house every other day (at a minimum!) to ensure that my guests are not wading through dog hair.
  8. Brush your dog – If you have a dog that sheds, proactive brushing can keep your house from filling up with dog hair as fast.  Not only that, your dog will be looking suave and impress your guests!  I use a very simple and inexpensive dog brush to keep Brodie looking great!
  9. Bathe your dog regularly – Nobody wants to stay in a house that smells bad.  Regularly bathing your dog will definitely make your guests enjoy their stay much more.  I like to use an oatmeal dog shampoo and a shower brush for Brodie.  He really enjoys his bath time with the shower brush because it feels great and he loves the attention!
  10. Include your dog in your thank you message – After your guests have checked out, send a thank you note to your guests mentioning that both you and your dog enjoyed meeting them.  This keeps the AirBnB experience personal and welcoming.  It’s a sure fire way to get your guests to submit an awesome positive review for you as well!

There you have it, the top 10 tips for AirBnB hosting as a dog owner!


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