Are you going to travel with friends and family? Are you worried that the lack of manners of your puppy or cat may land you in the kennel? Follow these tips and your visit will be a pleasure for everyone!
Being a guest at another person’s home can cause tension in anyone. But add your dog or cat to the mixture and the situation can become straight hairy! Don’t worry – being an attentive guest with pets is not as difficult as you imagine.
Be an attentive guest with pets
As with most pet-friendly adventures, preparation leads to success! If you are planning to travel with your pet, now is the time to start preparing.
1. Make sure your pet is welcome.
Bringing your pet as a surprise for your host is never a good idea. Your friends and relatives may not feel comfortable having your pet in their home or may be allergic to your furry companion. So, confirm in advance that your pet is welcome to join you, and discuss all the restricted areas and rules related to pets for your stay.
2. Exhaust obedience.
Traveling with your pets means introducing them to new places, scents and people. Your job is to help them determine which behaviors are appropriate in the new environment.
When preparing for your trip, take some time to refresh your dog’s basic obedience skills so that he can show his manners and impress your hosts. Simple commands such as “Down”, “Stay” and “Leave” can limit overly enthusiastic greetings, prevent the dog from closing the door or prevent him from eating something harmful.
3. Give your pet a comfortable retreat.
Pets can easily be overwhelmed by large groups, so provide them with a retreat away from the activity. Place a bed or crate in a quiet place to give them a place to relax.
4. Follow your pet’s usual schedule.
As simple as it may seem, feeding and exercising your pets on their usual schedule will help reduce their anxiety. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you of your pet’s feeding time and don’t miss his daily walks. This is the perfect one-on-one opportunity!
5. Avoid digestive accidents.
It’s tempting to spoil your pets with food and treats while you’re on vacation – and your dog will probably enjoy everything! But many foods are dangerous for pets. And even eating healthy foods you’re not used to can put your pet in gastrointestinal distress.
It is best to stick to his regular diet while traveling. So, let your hosts and other guests know that anyone offering unapproved treats can clean up later!
6. Attentive guest with pets leaves no trace.
The best way to make sure that you and your pet will be invited again is to leave your host’s home as you found it. Bring a spare sheet to cover the bed linen if you know that your pet will insist on sleeping with you. Wrap your moss roll and remove any fur that your puppy may leave on the couch. And don’t forget to pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the yard.
7. Keep cool.
Remember that your pet will perceive your feelings, and excitement, anxiety and stress are common emotions when we travel. Pay special attention to how you feel, because these are the vibrations you send to your puppy. If you feel tense, take a breath, relax, stay calm and have fun!
Will the hotel work better for you?
Honesty is important when choosing the best accommodation for you and your pet. Being a pet with pets requires patience and understanding. If you have a violent puppy or just prefer to have your own space to relax and unwind, consider buying a hotel room.
The retreat that you and your pet can enjoy together can be the highlight of your trip!
We hope these tips help you and your pet impress your hosts and make them look forward to your next visit!