Manny and Toby

Manny and Toby

Sometimes it is impossible to take your pet away on your long-awaited and hard-earned holiday.  So what can you do to make their separation from you as kind as possible.  Whether you ask a family member or friend to care for your beloved pet, or whether you seek the professional help of a boarding kennel or pet-sitter,  your pet may become stressed when you are away.

The DAP (Dog Appeasment Pheromone) spray or plug in diffuser is excellent for calming unsettled or stressed dogs.  It releases pheromones into the room, and although odourless to you, will have an amazing effect on calming your dog at times of stress.

Toby

Toby

A more extreme case is Toby who suffers from Separation Anxiety when my sister Janet is not with him.  He whines constantly and works up to a howl if his behaviour not addressed.  Whilst Toby has to accept that Janet cannot be his constant companion, we try to make his times of separation as pleasant as possible. Distraction techniques when Janet leaves, eg being taken into the back garden or given his favourite chew, do help, but he waits for her to return, looking out of the window from his vantage point on the back of the settee.

Holiday times need the DAP spray.

A few sprays onto his bedding in the morning will calm him down and his whining does not escalate.  Night-times are a different matter.  He would whine all night if he was not allowed in the bedroom, where he soon settles at the foot of the bed.  I do not advocate dogs sleeping with humans as a general rule, but in this case, believe me, it is the only way to get some sleep!

…  Anne