It wont be long until the summer holidays are upon us so to make sure that everyone is organised and informed we will cover holiday care options with guest bloggers describing their experience of each option.
The main options available are house sitters, boarding kennels, family or friends or of course take your doggy with you.
Today we will hear what our behaviorist Vanessa Lee – Jones has to say:
“Get your pet ready for its holiday”
Your cats or dogs are no fools. They know when something is going on!. Here’s a few tips to keep your favourite pet from stressing too much near the holidays!
First of all, don’t leave your suitcase lying around the house days before your departure: best case scenario they’ll sleep in it, or worst they’ll destroy it! Whether your pet comes with you or not, the suitcase is a visual reminder something is about to change and that’s stressful.
If you call a pet sitter at home (friend or professional) try to insure they will respect in the maximum of their capabilities your dog or cat’s habits: feeding hours, walking times etc…and it’s highly recommended for your pet and it’s sitter to already be acquainted before their “roomy” experience begins!
If your four legged pal is going to stay at someone’s home (friend/family) or in professional kennels; it’s important to visit their future “holiday home” with them so they can see and smell it out, it will allow them to relate to the place as a safe and friendly environment. Do not forget to prepare their travel bag too: bed, favourite toys, even a t-shirt of your own for your sent, when you will drop them off on D day, they should be more relaxed and less frustrated.
One last thing : your animal picks up YOUR stress ! In theory you trust the person you leave your beloved cat or dog with so DON’T be worried and DON’T feel guilty…you are allowed a pet free vacation and they are allowed an owner free time out too !!
Thank you Vanessa. Tomorrow we will hear from Milena about her experience with house – sitters!