Dog Hotels have large, light ROOMS or SUITES mimicking the home environment and:
- Size: over 8ft x 8ft (2.4m x 2.4m) for both sleep and exercise areas.
- Full-height walls (to the ceiling): Solid-built walls (brick/block/stone) at full height to the ceiling provide privacy, a quieter, safe/secure feeling, and a reduction in noise/smells/transmission between rooms.
- Human height doors into sleep and run: Full/part glass doors into the sleep area and into the outer area, meaning staff can interact with the dog in both sleep and run areas, turning it into a play area especially on wet/cold days. The doors need to be human height as you can’t play or move with a dog into both areas when there is only a dog hatch to crawl through).Even more luxurious rooms will also have windows (providing much more light and a connection to the outside world).
This creates a quiet, calm, balanced environment, feels secure, is spacious, and lets in lots of natural light.
Rooms: have one sleep area room + 1 exercise area room.
Suites: have at least 1 sleep area room + 1 exercise area room + 1 external exercise area.
Dog hotels are likely to have fewer dogs (perhaps just 5 – 15 rooms), and therefore providing a more tailored and personal service.
If a dog hotel has 15 or less rooms, you will have the benefits of more tailored and personal services, special requests and even quirks can be catered for. The lower number of dogs means much more one-to-one attention that your dog will receive (both inside and outside, perhaps with other dogs if your dog is sociable) and the atmosphere will be calm and quiet.
Larger rooms mean more personal comforting items can be brought from home to help your dog settle in quickly and feel much more at home.
Rooms can also be called Suites, when they have more than two ‘sleep’ areas plus an ‘exercise’ (toileting) area. These are usually in the largest, most spacious accommodation,where the main building roof extends over the attached exercise area to insulate, protect and enclose it as another room (rather than an open run without a roof covering).
Rooms/Suites are the closest to a home environment.