There is nothing better than being able to pack up the car and drive home for Christmas. Seeing family and friends and knowing that at the end of your journey you have people you love as well as all the food is exciting – but what do you do about the dog?
Many people don’t like the idea of bringing their dog with them on a super long trip. From the risks of car sickness (yep, your pet pooch can puke because of the motion of the car) to the constant stopping for a urine break, it may not be practical for you to bring your dog along with you when you are heading home this year. Figuring out what to do with your pet doesn’t have to be too difficult, though, and in this article, we’ve got a range of options for you if you don’t want to road trip with your pet this year.
- Keep them at home. If you’re only going to the next town over, the best thing that you can do for your dog is to have a trusted neighbor pop into your house a couple of times a day to feed your pet and take them for a walk. Keeping your dog at home also adds to your home security, which can be a big deal for you and your family.
- Hire a sitter. Did you know that there are professionals out there who can look after your dog for you? As long as they have the right credentials and insurance, you can ensure that your pet is safe throughout the time you’re away. It’s a good way to get to know local pet sitters, too, in case you need one that you can trust at the last minute.
- Ask a family member or friend to take your dog for a few days. Whether they come to house sit and stay with you, or you can drop your dog off to someone they’re already familiar with, this is one of the best options. The only issue with this one is that you might be seeing all of your family for Christmas, ruling them out!
- Use the help of a kennel. Pet kennels are there to take your dog in the times you are unable to do it. All you have to do is make sure that you tour the kennel first, checking that they have the best kennel insurance to keep your pet safe no matter what happens. Kennels are equipped to look after your pet, keeping them fed, hydrated and safe. They’ll also get the chance to be sociable with other dogs while they’re there, too!
Finding somewhere for your dog while you enjoy the Christmas period doesn’t have to be hard. There are plenty of options, so explore those as much as you can before you get on the road. Comfort is key for your pet, but it’s also equally comfortable for you. You don’t want to leave your dog with just anyone.