FARMINGTON -- Davis hotel owners have rolled out the plastic mat this week for their canine friends, which are competing in the German Shepherd Dog Club of America 2010 National Speciality Show at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington.
And, there appears to be a scent of gold in offering each Rover a place to put their paws up after a long hard day of tail-wagging.
To accommodate between 500 to 600 German shepherds competing in the contest, and their "best friend" handlers, about 1,400 hotel room stays will be generated, according to Barbara Riddle, Davis Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau CEO and president.
That gives the week-long event an overall economic impact of $318,380 to the county, she said.
"What really drives room nights is the number of days," Riddle said, explaining the value in the county hosting the Oct. 12-16 event and the willingness of many local hoteliers to open up their rooms to allow for dogs.
One of those local hoteliers collaring the dog business is the TownPlace Suites in Layton.
"We're an extended stay hotel. We never turn away people's family, whether they be human or animal," said Gabe Garn, general manager for the Layton hotel.
Garn said his hotel is always open to pets, with the owners of those German shepherds competing in the contest taking tremendous care of their animals.
"We have many of them staying with us," said Garn, who considers the group of annimals to be well-trained. "We haven't had a single issue with them."
But not every hotel puts a bone out for pets.
"Some hotels say our brand doesn't do dogs," Riddle said.
But then there are the hoteliers who love dogs and, because the American Kennel Club regulations provide information on overnight accommodations for them, are willing to take them in.
AKC regulations include placing plastic sheeting made available by the hotel at check-in under every dog crate in the rooms; requiring dogs be crated when the owner is out of the room; and dogs being kept on leashes when in the hotel, lobby or hotel grounds and owners picking up after them at all times.
No dog may be bathed in the hotel, with no more than two dog per room.
The regulations were created by the AKC to keep a good name with hotels as its members travel with their dogs to compete in different contests, Legacy Events Center director Dave Hansen said.
"So, the kennel club, to make their name good, is to abide by these rules," he said.
Thousands and thousands of dollars have been invested in these dogs, Hansen said, and the owners do not want to lose their chance to compete as a result of not adhering to AKC lodging regulations.
The AKC regulations protect the hotels, but also gives the AKC "a strong reputation" of being able to find hotels for their dogs, Riddle said.
Although, it is up to each individual hotel whether to allow dogs or to apply its own set of dog guidelines, Hansen said.
In addition to dogs being afforded the convenience to stay in local hotels as a result of the German shepherd show, Hansen said, there are about 30 recreational vehicles, belonging to AKC members with competing dogs, that are staying overnight in the Legacy Events Center parking lot.
Hansen said this is the first time the county has hosted the German shepherd dog show, but not the first time the county has hosted a dog show.
It works well for Davis County to have the dog show in the fall, a slower period of time when it comes to hotel occupancy, Hansen said.
It is the role of the DCVB anytime there is a large event hosted in the county, to gather information, and make the information available to the hoteliers in ensuring customer's request are being met, Riddle said.
"We basically tell the hotels what the customer is looking for," she said.