Leaving Your Dog for the First Time on Holiday

As a dog parent, one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make is how to leave your pup behind when you travel. You’ll want to make sure they’re safe and comfortable while you’re gone, so it’s a good idea to plan for your travels well in advance.

Whether you’re going to the cottage for the weekend or planning a month-long southern holiday, this article will help you ensure your dog is well taken care of while you’re away. 

Decide Where Your Dog Will Stay

Just like you, your dog is affected by the environment they’re in and the people who’re around them. Therefore, a large part of how well your dog tolerates being separated from you will depend on where your pet stays

Make sure to research all your options carefully. Here are some common places to board your dog while you’re away: 

At Home with a Sitter

If you have someone who you trust to be alone in your home, hiring them to come to visit your dog daily while you’re away is a great option. 

An at-home sitter means your pup’s routine won’t change very much, and they won’t be traumatized by being in a foreign environment. 

Board at a Kennel

Kennels usually host multiple dogs, so each dog has their cage or room. However, the dogs are generally let out to play, and they get regular exercise. However, every kennel is different, so make sure you do your research to ensure your pup gets the best experience. 

Leave Your Dog at a Sitter’s Home

Many dog sitters offer their home as a hotel for dogs. A home environment is ideal because it’s something your dog is familiar with. It will also allow your puppy to maintain some sense of normalcy which will reduce their anxiety. 

Provide Your Sitter with Your Dog’s Schedule

If you go with a kennel, they will likely have their schedule, but the routine is more flexible if you use a sitter. So, if you’re using a sitter, you should let them know your dog’s schedule. For instance, what time do they wake, when they usually take bathroom breaks, eat their meals, go for walks, etc. If your sitter can stick to your dog’s routine, it will help your dog feel better. 

What to Pack for your Dog

No matter where you’re boarding your pup, you’ll need to back them a few things. Here are a few suggestions for what to pack:

  • Water and food bowls.
  • Their leash.
  • Their bed.
  • A record of their vaccinations.
  • Essential phone numbers like your cell number, a close emergency contact, and your dog’s vet.
  • Their favourite bones and toys.
  • Their favourite treats.
  • Brush and nail clippers for grooming.
  • Medications, if any, plus instructions.
  • Poop bags. 

Don’t Draw Out The Goodbye

Dogs can sense people’s emotions. So, if you’re anxious or upset, your dog will also be worried and upset. For this reason, you need to leave with confidence. Scratch your pet behind the ears, and then head out. 

Try Not to Worry

It would be best to remember that dogs don’t have the same sense of time as humans. Whether you’re away for an hour or a week, your pup will greet you happily when you return. So, don’t spend too much time fretting over whether your puppy is missing you. For dogs, they care more about when you come back than when you’ve left. 

Final Thoughts

Your pup is more adaptable than you think. While they’ll miss you, they may also enjoy the chance of peace. So don’t fret too much. Research a good place for them to stay, pack what they need, and leave with confidence.