Do Dogs Know When We're Going on Holiday?

Do Dogs Know When You're Going on Vacation?

From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, dogs are some of the most affectionate creatures that we have the pleasure of sharing our lives with. Their love for us is unconditional, and they stick with us no matter what happens.

But how about when we leave them for sometimes weeks at a time? A dog plays a big part in the family, and going on vacation without them can be hard for both human and pet. Do they know that we are leaving them behind (temporarily) when we are going on holiday without them?

Signs that they know we are leaving

No matter how frequently we leave the house, our dogs still find it challenging to get used to being left alone. They pick up signs that tell them we're about to leave, such as seeing the luggage, putting our shoes on, even when we get the keys. That is not surprising because dogs are really smart! They can recognise specific objects like their favourite toy, the shoes that we always wear, and other things that are based on their sense of smell and sight.

The dog knows when we're going on holiday

Given that dogs can read the cues, then yes, they most likely know when we are going on a holiday. Saying goodbye to your pet will always be a little heartbreaking for both parties (especially when they respond to you with a whimper!) but there are things that we can do to make it a little easier for your pooch.

Read our other helpful article: Tips for leaving your dog behind

Leaving your dog behind 

Creating a positive association with dogs

We can help ease our dog’s anxiety from seeing us leave through positive reinforcement. Give your dog time to associate the objects related to your departure and other cues that you are leaving with something good -- like treats!

For example, you can reward them when they stay put while you’re packing. You can also let them smell the luggage, and then toss them a biscuit afterward so they can associate your luggage with something happy.

If you’re leaving your dog with someone, like a pet sitter, instruct them to be affectionate with your dog, and be specific about it likes -- does Fido like belly rubs or back scratches?

You can also leave comforting items such as your dog's usual food and treats, one of your shirts, a pair of your socks, or a special blanket. It's not going to be the same as you, but it's something they can recognise. It's also recommended to leave them a lot of toys to keep our dogs occupied while we are away.

Take him out for a walk before leaving

Another way to lower our dog's stress levels is to take them out for a walk before we pack. Play fetch and get them moving. Just like humans, exercising can help our dogs feel more relaxed through the changes. This way, it can also keep the dog's brain healthy, in the same way, we feel enlivened after a good workout.

Let our dogs have a vacation as well

While we are away, why not give our dogs an enjoyable holiday as well? Board them in a place that provides a caring home away from home for your dog. Dog boarding kennels are often the cheapest yet the best option. Different offerings are available for every type of dog at every price point.

Since there are lots of kennels out there, it's essential to do your research first before deciding. A family-owned and operated pet boarding facility is always a good choice, just like Alida's pet resort. Testimonials and reviews from other people will help you in deciding which is the right facility to choose for your dog.

Standard kennels make use of individual cages or rooms, but well-socialised dogs will be allowed out for playtime. You don't have to worry about the health of our dogs because most of the pet boarding facilities provide plenty of exercise for them.

Dog on holiday

Board Your Dogs at Alida’s Pet Resort

We can't always take our dog with us on every holiday and sadly, they do know when we’re going away. Thankfully there are solutions such as the ones mentioned above that can help ease the separation anxiety of our dogs. We can now enjoy our vacation without worrying too much.

Have look at some of our happy dog guests we've had the pleasure to host in the past.

If you live on the Gold Coast or Brisbane, the best place to board your dogs when going on holiday is Alida’s Pet Resort, a family-owned pet boarding facility in Alberton. We are one of the biggest dog kennels in Queensland, with ample space for your pets to exercise and socialise.

At Alida’s Pet Resort we’ll provide a home to your dogs and make them safe, comfortable, and happy while you’re taking a well-deserved break.

Call us on 07 5546 2275 to book your reservations or enquire about our services. You can also make online bookings for your convenience!