Now that the holiday period is over, we can all feel in a bit of a slump. Now is the time of year when a lot of us begin to plan our summer vacations. It’s something to cheer you up, and there are some great sales on! But when you go away, it’s not always possible to take your dog with you. Even if it is, sometimes you need a break from feeding, walking and entertaining them every day. If your pooch has to stay at home while you jet off, you’ll need someone to look after them. It’s understandably worrying when you have to leave them with someone else. Here’s how you can make it easier on both of you.
Boarding or a Dog Sitter?
The first decision you need to make is whether to board your dog or use a dog sitter. There are pros and cons to each option. Dog boarding facilities are designed to be an excellent environment for your dog. They have professional staff and all the things your dog could need. However, using them means having to remove your dog from their home, which can be stressful. If you use a dog sitter, they can come to your home to feed, walk and play with your dog. They can also do other things, such as turning the lights on, drawing the curtains and collecting your mail. If you choose this option, you have to trust someone enough to let them have a key to your home.
Whether you choose boarding or dog sitting, it’s a good idea to introduce your dog to whoever will be caring for them. Most boarding facilities will let you visit and have a look around before your dog comes to stay. You can let them see the sleeping and play areas, as well as meet some of the staff. You can have a dog sitter come over to your house to meet your dog, and perhaps go for a walk with you. Doing these things will help you put you at ease, as well as give your dog a chance to get used to new sights, sounds, and smells.
Creating the Right Conditions for Your Dog
It can be a bit upsetting for your dog when you go away. So ideally, you should try to change their routine as little as possible. Even if they go into boarding facilities, they can have the same food and use their own bed. When you’re organizing their care, make sure they’re going to get everything they usually have. Let the boarding staff or dog sitter know how many times they need to eat or go for a walk. Don’t forget to tell them if your dog needs any medication and how and when to administer it.
Preparing to Leave
Before you go, there are a few things you should do. Make sure the boarding facility or your dog sitter has all the emergency contacts they need. Ask if they can send you updates on your dog, if that’s something you want. Some boarding places will offer it as a standard service and even have a livestream of their kennels.
It can be nerve-wracking to leave your dog behind when you go away. But if you start preparing early, you can reassure both of you.