Many dog owners worry that when they go away for a holiday and leave their dog either in home boarding or kennels, their dog will forget them.
A greater worry for some owners is that if the dog has been boarded in a family setting it will not want to come home at the end of its stay.
There are those who say that dogs have no memory but all owners of dogs will know that this is absolutely not true.
Dogs have long enough memories to not forget their owners even after quite long absences. This will be demonstrated when you return from your time away.
I am sure that this knowledge will not do anything to reassure an anxious dog owner, so the best that can be done would be to recommend certain measures to make being forgotten less likely.
Here are some suggestions:
- Send the dog on it's holidays with an old recently worn jumper of yours
- Provide the carer or kennels with toys from home
- Ask the carer to use the animals own feeding bowls
- Send the dog's bed and bedding
Dogs have a remarkable sense of smell; some 100,000 times more acute than that of humans. He will recognise your smell and the smells of home.
101 Friends will always recommend that you take the above measures when you bring your dog to stay with one of our carers; as much for your peace of mind as the well-being of the dog.