That clarifying moment was the first of many reminders that for new dog owners traveling with their pets, trip planning and time away from home needs to be approached with a completely new perspective. After determining a hotel does allow furry friends, read its pet policy’s fine print. There may be a fee, vaccinations and name tags might be required, certain areas of the hotel may be out of bounds, and other stipulations may apply. It is likely that dog owners will need to sign a release of liability, and potentially a waiver stipulating you understand the house rules and agree to abide by them. On a brighter note, the hotel might have special perks for pets, such as an on-site dog park, complimentary treats or in-room amenities.