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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

Four Tips For Leaving Your Dog While On Vacation

It’s hard leaving your best furry friend behind when you go on vacation. But if you follow these tips Fido will be well prepared.

You might be wondering if your dog will be OK when you leave them behind to go on vacation. With some advance planning you can travel without worrying about your furry friend.

1. Minimize separation anxiety

Leave something behind for your dog that smells like you. A t-shirt or a blanket are good choices. This will give your pooch a comforting feeling that reminds them of you. Leave some chew toys and treats to distract them, too.

Prepare them for your absence. Try leaving them for a few minutes at first. Gradually add more time until they see that being away from you is all right.

2. Choose a good sitter or boarding facility

If your dog already knows the sitter you’ve chosen, it will be an easier adjustment. Think of trusted friends, family, or a neighbor to pet sit.

If you have to hire a sitter, choose a reputable pet sitter and set up short interviews for you and your dog to meet them. Be sure to check their references.

Check out the website for the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. for a sitter. Take along your dog’s necessities to the pet sitter. Include: treats, toys, dog bowls, beds, blankets, and medications. Be sure to leave detailed instructions and your contact information.

If you prefer a dog kennel for your pet check out the bunkhouses, suites, and cottages available for your dog at our Thousand Hills Pet Resort.

3. Update ID

Make sure your pet’s ID tag and microchip are up-to-date. It is a safety precaution that will save you a lot of worry should your dog go missing. Include any medical conditions on the microchip.

4. Don’t make your goodbye dramatic

Treat your departure as you would when you’re just heading off for work or a short errand. If you get emotional when leaving your dog will pick up on that. It can add to his anxiety. Keep it short and sweet.

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