Traveling has become an essential part of our lives – many of us have to travel quite frequently due to work commitments, while almost every single one of us would like to enjoy some time on a vacation once in a while. Regardless of the goals of our traveling, however, it is always tough to incorporate our loved pets into our traveling plans, as there are still plenty of places to which our pets simply cannot go for one reason or another. Thankfully, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean that our dogs would have to be worse off when we’re away. In this article, I am going to suggest the main options of ensuring your dog’s well-being even when you are away.
Neighbors and Friends
The very best option is to leave your dog with your neighbors or friends, especially if they have experience with pet-care. Two things need to be considered here – your expectations and their expectations. It is of the utmost importance for you to tell them what exactly you expect from them – do you expect them to play and spend free time with your dog, or do you just want them to keep an eye on your pet? If you can arrange these things beforehand, there will be no – often unfortunate – arguments and disputes later on.
Secondly, it is important to realize that you will be expected to provide something in return, so take the proactive approach and offer something on your own. For example, let your friends know that you are willing to return the favor by taking care of their pets when they are away. A small gift might also be in order.
Leave It to the Specialists!
Friends and neighbors, however, might not always be available. In that case, it might be a good idea to look around your area for a specialist to take care of your dog during your travels. In this time and age, pet hotels seem to be all the rage – and there is no doubt that most of them do indeed know what they are doing. Just make sure that you are going to give them all the crucial information, including medical details, and that you will sign your pets up for some extras as well – they surely deserve it!
Unfortunately, pet hotels can be quite costly, although there might be a fairly cheap alternatives available in the form of pet charities like the RSPCA nearby – some of them do offer care-taking services, sometimes even for very small fees (although you should consider helping the charity in one way or another if you decide to use its services).
When Nothing Can Be Found
But what if there are no friends and pet hotels around? What if you simply have to leave your dog alone back home? Well, even that can be done. However, there are some very important questions that you will have to consider before doing that – and this option is obviously recommended only for short trips.
Think about how much space your dog will need and customize the space accordingly to accommodate all possible needs – water dispensation, food dispensation, etc. Try to make everything as comfortable as possible and don’t forget about removing all the dangerous items from the area. It will need a lot of work before you leave, but it is quite possible to do it and it can easily serve as the last resort option.
It Can Be Done!
The bottom line is that there are plenty of options that you can consider when leaving your dog back home without having any second thoughts about it. Even if you don’t have any friends or neighbors that could help you, there should be a specialized agency nearby. And, well, there is always the option of leaving your dog at home – although that one certainly needs plenty of thought beforehand.