Going on a trip is fun, but the idea of leaving your pet behind can be scary. It’s difficult to rest and enjoy when you’re far away from the house and are thinking about you dogs missing you, not being fed properly, and worst thoughts of them getting lost or stolen keeps you in a panic mode. (Is it only me, or everyone else worries about this?)
I’ve flown with my dog Ira boarded, at times when I’ve had no other options, but mostly, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a gathering of close friends who agree to stay at home and look after the pets if any of us have to leave the town. I know boarding is the ideal scenario for many people, and there are many fine kennels that will take the best care of your pet, but for me, I’ve felt more comfortable if Ira is at home, a place that is his turf, and where he is the most comfortable.
Either way, whether you decide to have a close friend or neighbour look after your pet or you end up dog boarding, the following useful tips for pet handling when you’re away on holiday will keep your mind at ease while you enjoy your vacation, and return to a delighted pet.
1. Make certain that your pets have the latest pet ID tags.
If in the worst case scenario your pet runs away from the house, you better have the updated pet ID tags on them with your contact numbers on it. This can help others to call you if they spot the pets wandering and lost on the streets and alleys.
2. Execute Virtual Leash.
Say you forget your phone charger back at home or your phone battery is weak, or you accidentally damage your phone during the trip. All these incidents are possible. With a Virtual Leash, all of your pet’s important information gets exported in their online profile, which is printed using unique identifying tags. Anyone who locates your pet can reach the Virtual Leach and get all the details on the pet. They can find your emergency contact numbers, reach you on social media, and even recommend you the best place for your pet to stay while you’re away.
3. Provide Precise Instructions.
Whether you take your pet or have someone who can look after them at home, you need to leave precise details, so there’s no misunderstanding or guessing required. Make specific notes and mentioned the food details, any medicines your pet need, and a list of things to avoid. Make sure you say any allergies your pet has and his comfortable routine. You can have your pet sitter make some advance sitting in your presence so you can check how the pet sitter is dealing with your pet and you can walk them through your daily activities with your pet. It also helps the pet to get familiarized with a new face and do not panic when the pet sitter shows up in your absence.
4. Important Personal Information.
I once handled a friend’s dog, but they failed to tell me that the dog attacks are moving van and delivery trucks, and Rosie almost ran away on our first road walk when she went after a van speeding away.
You must point out your pet’s detail to the pet sitter so they can take care of your pet and know well in advance the nature of your pet. Small details like how your pet interact with other pets on the street or how they deal with outsiders like milkman and mail carrier can help the pet sitter to look after your pet properly.
5. Leave some comfort items.
In your absence, your dog will be feeling sad and irritated. Leave some items like an old t-shirt or socks with your pet as they can relax when your scent is around. If your dog is going away for some time, leave him a treat like a toy, some favourite food, or a safe bone to keep your pet at peace. Make sure your sitter knows about all these comfort items and knows where to find them. If your pet regularly hears some noise in the house, you can ask the sitter to play some soft music to keep the house active for the pet.
6. Keep the farewell quick and soothing.
Don’t stretch your farewell or your pet will get confused and anxious. Try to treat your departure as a usual moving out from your home or as if you are taking your pet to groomers. It’s not easy to pretend, but this approach will keep your pet relaxed. It is probably more difficult for you to bid farewell to your pet as you are leaving the pet behind. However, your pet sitter will distract your pet later, and it can cope up with your absence with some care and planning on your part. You can look forward to a happy reunion when you come back home.
Effective communication is important! Leave as many details as you can with your sitter, as well as all contact numbers they’ll need. Your sitter must have your cell number, your email, the complete address where you will be staying during your vacations, and the contact numbers of your immediate relatives and friends if you cannot be reached. You should give all the details of the vet as well for when your pet needs some medical care during your absence.
These are a few tips that can keep you relaxed while your pet is at ease during your absence. If you have some ideas, we would love to hear from you so we can all benefit and take care of our pets.