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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Pet Care - Executive Leadership Articles

Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Pet Care

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Pet Care

Leaving family behind when traveling on business can be stressful, but leaving a pet behind can be downright traumatic, not only for the pet, but for you. At least children and spouses can understand the necessity of the trip and can accept its duration. As far as the pet knows, any number of horrible things could be happening, and the feeling of leaving behind a sad, uncomprehending pet can break any pet-lover’s heart.

The least disruptive option for your pet is to have someone familiar stay at your place full time, sticking as close to the pet’s own routine as possible. There may be some adjustments (late walks instead of early walks, for example) depending on the sitter’s availability, but once your pet understands that life is mostly going to be the same, it will at least be comfortable in that semblance of normalcy. If you can’t find a friend who already knows the pet, make sure the friend comes over a few times in advance of the trip. Other advantages to the stay-over buddy include someone to bring in the mail, someone to take care of the plants, and someone to call in an emergency, like when you realize you forgot to program the DVR for that night’s shows.

Another option, especially if your pet travels well, is to take your pet to a familiar friend’s house, where it can bless another household with the joys of pet ownership. This is less disruptive for the friend, usually, and lots of people who can’t have pets for one reason or another love the idea of having a full-time pet on a limited engagement. You will do your friendship a lot of good if you will agree ahead of time to compensate your friends for potential wear-and-tear on personal property. Again, prepare your pet early by letting it get to know the house and its occupants a few times in advance of your trip.

If a pet-sitter is unavailable, there’s always boarding. Boarders come in all flavors and locales, so talk to people you know who’ve boarded their pets. Websites like Yelp can give you a good lead, but they’re simply not enough; you’ll want to speak to someone who will answer your questions about his or her experience. Pet-lovers don’t mess around when it comes to the care of their pets, so you can usually count on honest, meaningful responses when you speak with them directly. As a pet-lover yourself, you don’t need to be told that if it comes down to convenience vs. quality of facilities, you should stick with the latter if at all possible.

A choice that more business travelers are making is bringing their pets along on their trips. This can actually save money, depending on the duration of your trip, because boarding costs add up very quickly. It also makes you feel better because you have your loved one with you, and if you keep your pet’s needs in mind while in transit, your pet can enjoy it too. If driving, make sure you plan your route so that you can stop every few hours to let your pet get out and run around (if it’s a dog). If you’re traveling by plane, ask the airlines for any accommodations they make for pets. A growing number of hotels is allowing guests to bring pets, a service so in demand that a website has popped up (bringfido.com), listing pet-friendly accommodations in a large number of American cities and towns.

If you travel for business enough, it won’t be long before you’ve found the groove that works best for you and your pet; then taking care of your pet’s needs becomes as routine for you both as packing a toiletries kit and carry-on. And don’t forget that there are others in your position: if someone you know is about to travel, reach out and ask if you can offer help in taking care of his or her pets, too.

 

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