Almost every dog owner knows the feeling all too well. You look back in your rearview mirror at the forlorn furry face peering after you, running to the edge of your chosen dog sitter’s driveway trying to get a last look of the family car as you speed off towards the airport. You try to look away, but then you hear the familiar “Arf!” and turn back, just in time to round the corner and find that your pooch is out of sight.
Sigh. Leaving your best friend behind is never easy, whether you are headed off to a sunny family vacation or a densely packed international business trip. However, there are a few things that you can pack with your pooch to make the time away from you, and home, a little bit easier for her and for you.
Firstly, remember that dogs, like people, are creatures of habit and like to have the things that matter to them around both at home and when they are staycationing with their favorite Seattle dog sitter. At the top of the list is, and I’m sure your pooch would agree, food and treats. While many well-meaning pet sitters and dog boarding facilities will offer to provide meals and snacks for your dog, we strongly recommend that you bring an abundant supply with you. When things taste like home.. well, you’re just that much closer to home! Secondly, remember that your dog’s personal items – their bowl, bed, toys and towels – are just that: personal items. In the same way that you like to bring your own clothes and toiletries on vacation, make sure that you extend that same courtesy to your pup. Finally, try to leave something behind that has your scent, like a favorite hat or a recently worn t-shirt. Like a text message or an email from a loved-one, a good whiff of your familiar scent will remind your pooch that you will be back in no time.