How do I prepare to leave my dog when taking a trip?
Planning a holiday?
Read Part 2 of our top tips - this time it's about how to prepare to leave your dog when taking a trip.
It's time to plan your next trip! On occasions when your furry friends cannot join you on holiday, it can be difficult to decide the best care for them while you are away.
To help, we have included some top tips and advice on how to ensure you’re leaving your furry friends in the safest possible care. Here are some options you can consider:
Leave your dog with a friend or relative
If you have family or friends who you trust and are willing to look after your pet, this can be a great option. You can take your dog to their temporary home along with all their belongings (food bowls, bedding, food, toys etc.) to make them feel comfortable and at home.
It is a good idea to let them stay at your friend or relative’s house for a night or two before you go away so they can adjust to the new environment. It is also important to write down your dog’s routine and needs to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Take your pooch to a kennel
There are kennels that take in dogs whose owners are going to be away on a trip or for work. Here, they are well looked after with carers, company, food and water, a playroom and walks. It is advisable to bring your dog a few days beforehand so that they can familiarise him/herself with the place and the people. You can also see the setting and the treatment of the guests to decide if it suits you and your furry friend. This is a popular option, however costs can vary so ensure you do your research.
Every kennel must have an Animal Boarding Licence issued by the local council so be sure to look for this. To find out more on what to consider when choosing a suitable kennel, visit the RSPCA.
Try Pet Boarding
These are individuals who make their home and their care available to owners who need it. Your pet will spend a few days in the home of the carer of your choice. The details of individuals who can take care of your friend are available through various organisations (such as Trusted House Sitters) so that you can get to know them better, find out what days they are available, what facilities they have available and how often they can take dogs for a walk. The prices vary depending on each carer and the services they offer; some are veterinarians or trainers as well. One example is Trusted House Sitters, who will match your pooch with a verified and reviewed sitter who will keep your pets’ company and give them the attention they need.
Now you have chosen who will look after your dog and where they will stay, here are a few top tips to ensure your dog stays calm in your absence:
- Be sure to walk your dog daily. Your dog needs exercise both physically and mentally. If you also include a daily play session before you go away, your dog will be much more balanced and this will help him/her stay calmer when you leave.
- Don't make a big fuss when you leave or arrive home. His welcome is always amazing, but by encouraging him you are only encouraging his anxiety when you’re not there.
- Dogs love our scent. A great idea is to leave your dog something that reminds him/her of you. It can be an old t-shirt, scarf or blanket of yours. Your scent will provide reassurance and a feeling of security.