Imagine a 2-year old child who has only ever slept in your room, or perhaps in your bed, When you go on vacation you drop them off to not only sleep by themselves but in an unfamiliar place. The emotional capabilities of a dog are similar to a 2-year old child, so if you think that would be very hard on the animal, you are right.
At the Resort we try to ease a well-adjusted, emotionally-ready Dog into a calm and drowsy mindset before bed. Conversely, for a dog not emotionally adjusted to being alone at night, there will be no solace or easement. Once they realize they must sleep alone, in a strange place, without you, it will be traumatizing, confusing, and an exhausting night. Over several days stay with us, your dog may become depressed regardless of the many stimulating activities, human companionship, and top quality care we provide. A dog not emotionally prepared to be away from you, may also result in an onset of separation anxiety that takes many months to overcome with professional support. If the dog already has separation anxiety when you check-in to the Resort, the dog is likely to dissolve into an emotional mess and possibly even hurt itself during the hours between bedtime and dawn.
What can you do in advance of your vacation to help manage a dog’s emotions while you are away? Here is a month-by-month transition plan for your Dog to ensure emotional stability and happiness in its home-away-from-home:
Please contact me with any questions you may have at Sparky@executivepetservices.ca
'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.