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Trauma-Free Travel: What to Do When You Can’t Take Fido With You

For many of us, summer is a time of activities, adventures, and fun travel with our furry friends. With great resources like Dog-Friendly Establishments, we can find so many places to take our canine companions. The truth is, though, sometimes our dogs just can’t travel with us, no matter how much we may want them to. Here are some tips from Animal Communicator Faye Pietrokowsky on how to make things easier on both you and your poochie pal when you just can’t take them with you.

As an animal communicator, I hear both views – the humans’ and the dogs’. Here are some suggestions to help you and your dogs when you travel.

The first thing to remember is that it is very difficult to fool your furry friends. Because they are so dependent upon us for their survival and well-being, they often know us better than we know them! They study us; they read our minds. Most of the time, they pay closer attention to us than we do to them. Some of you might find this difficult to believe, but others, I’m sure, will know it’s true.

The following are some things that you can do to make your travels less stressful and worrisome, both for you and your furry friend. They are suggestions that have been given to me telepathically by the animals I’ve communicated with, and humans who live with and love animals have found them useful. These may help you and your dog be more at peace when you have to travel without them.

  • Tell your dog that you are going away before your bring your suitcases out to pack.
  • If you often take your dog places with you, explain to your furry friend why he or she is not traveling with you this time.
  • Tell your dog when you will be returning.
  • Every day you are away from your dog, send him or her a warm and loving thought. I call these “mental emails,” and I encourage people to send them to their beloved friends as often as possible when they are away.
  • When your dog cannot travel with you, most prefer to stay in their own home with someone they know. The next best thing is to go to a home that they have been to before and stay with someone they know well.
  • If your dog is a rescue animal, leaving him or her in a kennel where they are locked up may trigger unpleasant memories. If you can’t have a dog-sitter come to your house or leave your dog with someone you know, look for a kennel that doesn’t have cages or anything resembling bars.
  • Promise to take your dog for a car ride, an extra-long walk, or to bring it a special treat upon your return, and keep your promise.
  • Above all else, know that your dog KNOWS that you will return.

Faye Pietrokowsky is the owner of Inner Design–Applying Intuition. She is a people and an animal intuitive/communicator. She is a teacher and a consultant. For more information about Faye, visit her website, send her an email, or call her at (503) 221-2123.

Martha Smith

Dog mom to two silly rescue mutts, Martha Smith is general manager of i Love Dogs, Inc. When she's not talking about, learning about or playing with pooches, she spends her days trying to convince the universe to shower her with cupcakes.

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