Tips for Traveling Without Your Dog
Traveling is a fun way to spend time with your dog. But sometimes, bringing your pup along isn’t an option. While we at Barkworthies would love to see owners take their pets on vacation all the time, we know it isn’t always possible. If you’re planning on leaving your loved one at home while on vacation, we’ve put together a handy list of tips and strategies to make sure your dog will have a good time even while you’re away.
Most owners have two options when leaving their pet at home while away — getting a pet-sitter or taking their dog to the kennel. Each choice has advantages but much of it comes down to personal preference. Nobody knows a dog better than their owner so use your discretion when leaving town and make sure your dog has everything he or she needs in your absence.
Here are some quick tips and ideas to consider if you do choose to leave Fido behind this go-round:
Personality - Every dog is different, if your dog isn’t good with other dogs it might be a better idea to get a pet sitter instead take them to a kennel or boarding facility.
Happiness - The biggest detriment to your dog’s happiness while you’re away will be your absence. While there’s nothing you can really do to help that, you can still ensure your dog is well taken care of.
Safety First - Before you leave make sure you pet-proof your house. Thisincludes storing away any food on countertops, cosmetic supplies, general choking hazards, or items your dog may choose to tear up in their frustration of you being gone.
Organize - Put together a list of items your pet will need while you’re gone and put them in one easy to remember location for your pet-sitter. This should at the very least include a leash, food, toys and veterinary contact information. Don’t forget the bully sticks!
Make it Snappy - Don’t over romanticize your departure. A quick and normal goodbye as if you’re heading out for some errands will due. If you make a fuss about leaving, your dog will sense things and become more uncomfortable from the get-go.
Leaving your dog at home with a pet sitter has many advantages. Not only is it cheaper than a kennel, by staying at home your dog will be more comfortable having full access to his/her normal dwellings. Individual attention is also a huge plus. If your pet sitter visits frequently in your absence, your dog will get some great personal attention. Most importantly, dogs are just like people and they enjoy their routine. A new place, with new people topped off by a new schedule can wreak havoc on your dog’s comfort.
If possible, Barkworthies suggests getting a pet-sitter who is both comfortable with and a familiar face to your dog. The temporary sadness caused by your absence can be made up tenfold by simply coming home. If you’ve never left your dog home for an extended period you’ll be surprised at how excited your dog will be! Dogs never forget their owners — after all, loyalty is their most valuable trait.With the right amount of attention and exercise your dog will be just fine!