How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Time Away
We have all witnessed the sad eyes, and all the other tell tale signs our dogs exhibit right before leaving to go away on a trip. Dogs can usually sense early on a change is about to happen – it might be the act of packing your bags, or they may be picking up on your own stress and anxiety you may be exhibiting.
You can’t change your travel plans, but you do have options, tools and methods you can use to ease the stress for both you and your pet. Here are some of those methods:
1. Visit Your Sitter Ahead of Time
- Begin your search for a boarding location or sitter as soon as possible in order to have time to check references and feel comfortable with your decision.
- Before leaving your pet with a boarder, kennel or sitter bring your pet to visit the location and people in order to acclimate your pet to the sights, smells and sounds of what will be there temporary home. This will give your pet a sense of security so when you drop them off for their stay they will feel more secure having been there before.
2. Avoid Long Goodbyes
- Don’t make a huge production or shower your dog with an abnormal amount of attention right before you leave. The more you act like it’s “business as usual” the less anxious your dog will become.
3. Exercise is Key
- Exercising your dog and expending some of his/her energy will do wonders for your his/her overall stress level. Try to take a walk, play fetch – anything to get your dog moving before you pack up. A tired dog does not have the energy to be stressed.
4. Calming Tools
- Consider trying some of the dog calming products on the market. Some dogs respond well to items such as a Thundershirt, or taking calming supplements. Always consult with your vet before giving your pet any new supplements.
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