I am leaving on vacation and have a sitter for my house and dogs. How can I make my Chihuahuas feel more comfortable about my leaving them for a week?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Since dogs are creatures of habit, their happiness and comfort level is often tied to anticipating something good -- like breakfast -- and then getting it when they expect it. Your pet sitter should try to follow your Chihuahuas’ usual daily schedule so your dogs feel better about the situation.
Before your trip, have your pet sitter come to your home and visit with your dogs. If possible, also introduce your sitter to a neighbor who will be home during your vacation, especially if the sitter will be staying in your home throughout the duration of your trip.
In a prominent spot in your home, such as on the refrigerator door, post information about each of your dogs, including their medications, favorite foods and leash locations. Other important information includes contact numbers for your veterinarian and the local pet emergency hospital, as well as instructions about operating your home’s thermostat.
Finally, anticipate any problems you have faced before. The more preparation you do ahead of time, the better off your sitter and your Chihuahuas will be while you’re enjoying the trip.