How to Leave Your Dog Behind When You Travel

In an ideal world, we would take our pets with us everywhere we went. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t always let us do what we want. For example, if we’re traveling for business, it’s not possible to take our pup with us.

As a dog parent, it can be frightening to leave your pup behind, especially when you’re leaving for a long while.

These tips can make it slightly easier to leave your dog behind when you travel.

1.     Find Someone You Can Trust

This is probably your safest bet when you’re going out of town for a long period of time. This is also the option that’s likely to make you feel most secure.

Everyone has friends or family who are willing to help in times of need. Or sometimes, you know people who love pets and would be willing to help regardless.

So, at least a few weeks before you travel, make sure you start reaching out to people who you know would be interested and who you know you can trust.

It could be a close relative, or a neighbor or a friend, or anyone who would be happy to help out.

You can even spread the word among your close circle that you are looking for someone to look after your pet while you’re out of town.

You can even use social media to reach out to people or to post an ad for a temporary dog home.

Whoever you end up giving the responsibility of your pet to, just make sure that you leave your pet in a home that you know is safe and secure.

Knowing that your pet is safe and sound and being cared for while you’re away is certainly going to give you a little bit of peace of mind during your travels.

2.     Swap With Your Neighbors

This is actually a tactic that can you can apply each time you or your neighbors travel anywhere and can’t take their pets with.

Make it a habit to swap pets each time you or your neighbors are going out of town.

For example, if you cared for your neighbor’s dog while they went away on vacation, now is the time for them to return the favor!

Leaving your pet with a neighbor always ends up being one of the most convenient things you can do with your pets when you’re leaving town.

This is because your neighbor’s house is right near yours, it’s one your pet will certainly have visited at least once before, and so even your pup is most likely going to be comfortable.

A neighbor’s house is also preferable to leaving your pup with a complete stranger. Your pet is going to be uncomfortable the whole time if he is left in a strange place.

You can even make a Facebook group with your neighbors where all of you can decide your traveling dates and who has to take care of whose pet.

3.     Opting For a Pet Sitter

If you really don’t want your pet to be out of the house while you are, there are ways to let him be there even when you’re not.

All you have to do is hire a pet sitter who can come check up on your pet once every day while you’re away.

The sitter can make sure your pup gets his food at mealtimes, that he gets enough water, that he is clean, and that he gets his daily walks.

The advantage of hiring a sitter instead of leaving your dog at someone’s house is that your dog is still going to be home. He is still going to comfortable because he will be in familiar surroundings.

Make sure you select your pet sitter carefully, though.  There will be ads all over the internet promoting dog sitters for hire. However, not all of these are reliable.

All you have to do is call up some of those numbers listed online and find your dog a sitter that meets your requirements.

It can be useful to call the sitter to your house a few times even before you leave for your travels. This way, your pup can get acquainted with the sitter and vice versa. So you have a lot less to worry about when you leave.

4.     Opt For A Pet Hotel

While a lot of people might be too afraid to opt for a pet hotel or a shared boarding kennel, you might just want to consider this option.

There are so many pet hotels you can choose from now. All you have to do is make sure that the one you opt for is a reliable and trustworthy option.

Do keep in mind that this option might be more expensive than any of the other options, like leaving your pet with a family member or friend, or even hiring a pet sitter.

At the end of the day, it all depends on what you’re most comfortable with. Anything that makes you feel at peace when leaving your pet is the option that you should go for.

Another thing to keep in mind when considering a pet hotel is that pet hotels often allow diseases to spread because of all the pets in such close proximity to each other.

So do keep in mind these factors when making your decision.

It can’t be easy for any dog parent to leave their pet behind for too long. These tips will, however, make it easier for you to leave your dog behind when you travel.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

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  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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