Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hotel Weirdness

Riley handled the agility trial venue like a pro, but she had issues with the hotel. The Knights Inn is not quite as nice as the Westin that Travis and I stayed in when we traveled to California for the Agility Invitational, but he and Katie stayed in a lot of cheap hotels. We have seen broken out car windows, a drug bust, prostitutes, and tons of feral cats! Comparatively, this Knights Inn was pretty nice.

About when Riley should have settled in, she became hyper alert with her nose and ears. She seems really offended by certain smells. At times she was shaking. I thought sleeping on the bed would be a special treat. I am not sure if she liked it or would have preferred a crate. I took her for a nice walk Saturday night and it took a long time for her to calm down and just be a dog. She is a strange little greyhound. Thankfully, it never interfered with our agility trial.

Dealing with fear and phobias is definitely something I wish to avoid. I was truly spoiled with Travis and Katie. I could take them anywhere. I never gave it a second thought and didn't have to. They traveled great. They shared hotel rooms well with others. They had no separation anxiety about being left in a hotel room. I always appreciated that about Katie and Travis, but now more than ever.


greytblackdog said...

Maybe it isn't fear, it is excitement of the new place, new smells, new sounds. Even Seka - who is always relaxed - is a bit on alert in a hotel room. It's almost like it is too much for her nose. Did she eventually settle down?

houndstooth said...

Ours have never been great in hotel rooms. They do alright, but I think it's just too much strangeness for them. There's just too much excitement for them to really unwind, I think!

BrittBeah said...

LOL, maybe she just thinks mom should spend a little extra and get an upgrade on the room. I bet being a smell oriented dog, being at a hotel with more lax rules about having pets there really are a lot of things to kick you in the nose.

whygreyhounds said...

Wow, hotels that take dogs too! That is a rare and expensive thing to find in Oz. We have a mobile home & caravan as accommodation that allows dogs is extremely hard to find.

I know what you mean by laid back, I am lucky with my Grey as he is but have had dogs with phobias/fears in the past and it can be hard going. You are doing a great job :-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Its definitely an issues as we just had our third experience with it. It is definitely a fear... even a phobic like response. She gets worse each day. Continued exposure makes her worse. Its truly the strangest thing.