Read on for a guest post from Michelle Schenker, a pet owner and the COO of Cover Story Media.
Our pets notice everything -- even the slightest change. They know when something is up, and they want to make sure they are included in whatever exciting activity you have planned.
Every vacation season brings its own share of activities, and all the new people, sights, and smells can turn your normally calm and collected pet into a frustrated, frazzled, and maybe even mischievous dog. With a little help from you, though, this can be a fun time for everyone.
How To Minimize Your Pup's Stress Level
There are things that you can do as a loving pet parent to minimize your pet's stress level and make life easier for the whole family:
-Keep your dog on a regular schedule.
-Limit the amount of travel that you do with your pet, and make sure you have a good pet sitter if you do travel without them.
-Limit the number of guests that come over to your house (and only bring over the nice ones who give belly rubs and treats).
-Don't leave things lying around for your pet to "dig around in" just because you are away from home.
-As much as your dog may beg, table scraps are not good for pets so please do not tempt them.
-Keep introductions of new friends (pets or people) to a minimum so as not to over-stimulate them.
-Take a walk around the vacation location where your pet might explore to make sure there is nothing they could get into, eat, or hurt themselves with in the vicinity. There may even be snakes or other local animals that could harm your pet.
-Don't let grilling get too casual - if you drop food on the ground (or your guests do), your dog is likely to find it and try it out, which could lead to digestive issues down the road.
Most Importantly, Take Your Pup For Regular Walks And Consider A Crate
The easiest way to create a stress-free escape for your pet is to take them for regular walks and runs to reduce stress. Be sure to keep them close to you with a nice strong collar and leash, and consider taking a crate along to give your pet a safe and comfortable place to be when you're away from home.
Michelle is the COO of Cover Story Media. Michelle holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and marketing, and has career experience in finance, marketing and strategy. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs Bella and Lily (that's their photo above), yoga, hiking, indie films and watching bad reality TV.
To read more tips, news and reviews for your pets, be sure to check out CanineJournal.com, Cover Story Media's site for animal lovers.