If you’re heading away on vacation this summer, you might want to leave your dog with someone else for a few days or even weeks. There’s nothing quite like the anxiety of having another person care for your pet. When you hand over your pup, you might find it hard to say goodbye. Having some time away is 100% essential, though, and so you need to get used to leaving your pet in someone else’s care. Here are five tips that should help you along the way.
1. Give clear and concise instructions
If it’s the first time that you’ve left your dog with this person, you need to make sure that you leave instructions for the caregiver. The ways in which you care for your dog may seem obvious to you, but this person can’t read your mind. You need to make notes on everything from what times you feed your dog to how you discipline them. Doing so will mean that there are no grey areas.
2. Leave behind something that smells of you
There’s no way around it — your pup will miss you! Your dog loves you and wants you to be around. That’s why many pet dogs feel stressed when their owners go away for a day or two. So, what should you do about it? Well, you could leave something that smells like you to remind your dog of you. Sniffing one of your scarves or the like will help relax them.
3. Don’t forget the emergency contacts
Of course, most of the time, things will go without a hitch. However, you want to be ready for any given situation. So, you need to make sure that the caregiver has emergency contact numbers if anything goes wrong. Be certain to give them your cell number, the vet’s number, and at least one other contact. That way, they will always be able to get through to someone when they need to the most.
4. Hand over the vet’s records
In the same way that they need the vet’s number, they may also need the vet’s records. If your dog gets sick while you are away, the vet may need to see the records so that they can treat your animal. What’s more, it’s very useful for the caregiver to have these records for their own peace of mind. Print out a copy of them and put them somewhere safe ahead of time.
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5. Don’t spend too long saying goodbye
Of course, it’s never all that easy leaving a pet behind. So, with that in mind, you might want to take along time over the goodbye. Don’t do it. Not only will this make it harder for you to leave, but it may also cause your pet anxiety. Yikes. Instead, keep the goodbye short and sweet. You won’t regret it.