Vacation Preparation for our Pets

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Vacation Preparation for our Pets

During this season of family vacations, following is a reminder partially taken from a post last summer on how to prepare our pets for our time away:

Generally speaking, a vacation is an exciting time for humans. This is not always the case for the animals of the family, however. For some pets, their human being away for any length of time is a sad, lonely, perhaps anxiety-ridden experience.

Each animal reacts differently to time away from their primary human guardians, and their reaction can vary depending on the arrangements made for their care. Preparing for a vacation means preparing our animals as well.

For some, the “you have fun, but behave yourself” talk is appropriate, along with your reassurance that you will return soon.

Some animals will benefit from a gentle explanation that you’ll be gone for a few days, then a detailed explanation of how they will be cared for.

Some animals are not concerned with their own arrangements as much as knowing that YOU will be safe and that you will return happily and refreshed, and they will likely want to know all about your adventure when you return.

For all animals, I believe it is helpful to explain that we love being home with them, but that it is important for humans to get away from home occasionally.

No matter which of the above scenarios best fits your animal companions, always finish your conversation with your beloved pets by envisioning a wonderful, joy-filled homecoming with snuggles, praise, and perhaps a small treat.

When the suitcases come out, your animals know that something is about to change in their world. Most will respond more positively when they are brought into the experience so take the time to communicate with them and do so positively and with joy. And most of all, remember that your pets pick up on your energy so remain calm and confident that your time away from them will be pleasant for all concerned.

Vacations are exciting, and don’t have to be feared by our animals. Help them by communicating your intentions, and they will be joyfully waiting for you when you return!

I look forward to working with your beloved animals for a variety of relevant topics. Schedule your animal communication consultation now for a deeper understanding of behaviors, symptoms, and quality of life.


  1. Katie says:

    Thanks very much, that is helpful. We will be leaving Kaiya for the first time for 3 nights so I want to prepare her for it.
    I’m interested in the class – I’ll look into it!

  2. Katie says:

    This might be a silly question, but do you suggest actually talking to your pet, or thinking about the words while looking them in the eye and maybe concentrating on the feelings you want to convey? Or does it just depend on your pet’s personality?

    • Thanks for the question, Katie, and an opportunity to explain. All three methods work well, and generally you’ll be using a combination. Animals can pick up on our communications in any of these forms, so the method really depends more on the human than your pet’s personality. If you are most comfortable talking with your pet eyeball to eyeball, that’s great. Just be purposeful in your communication, and as simple in the phrasing as possible. I think you will find that by saying the words in a very short sentence or phrase, you will notice that you can’t help but bring a picture of those words to your mind. If you are comfortable and skilled at creating mental images in your mind and bringing forward emotions without verbally expressing your intent, then by all means communicate with your pet in that way. The key to any of these – saying words outloud, bring mental images to your mind, or bringing forward appropriate feelings and emotions – is to be sincere and clear in your communications, be clear that the communication is intended for your particular pet (look him in the eye or bring a mental picture of him to your mind) and convey your communication with love and respect. Have fun practicing!

      • P.S. I do offer a tele-class “Basic Animal Communication for Daily Living” which explores exactly what you ask, Katie. We talk about the various scenarios in which it is helpful and appropriate to convey information to our animals, guidelines on how to create communications for the best possible outcome, and there is opportunity to develop your own real-time communication with your pet. If this sounds like fun, maybe I’ll see you in class!

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