Pet Behaviour – Part and parcel of a good trip!
Why Pet Behaviour is so important whilst on holiday!
Labradors love the outdoors and they love visiting new places. A holiday for them means new smells, lots of walkies and lots of love!
It also means that they get to meet new dogs and new people.
Pet behaviour is an important part of going away on holiday. You want your labrador to be on his best behaviour just as you would want your kids to.
Many people are not as fond of dogs as we are, possibly because of a bad experience or just because they feel uncomfortable around them. We have to understand this even though our labrador is most likely to shy away from confrontation rather than stand there ground!
Many people who do not ‘know’ dogs tend to be afraid of them and this is where you show your class by showing those around you how well behaved your lab is.
With so many more hotels now allowing pets to stay it is important that you do not allow your labrador to run loose inside the hotel or anywhere else where he can cause damage! Keep a close eye on your lab and many hotels will ask you to use a leash at all times. Take a look at our leash training page!
By using a leash everyone around you will feel much more comfortable. Pet Etiquette is all about showing those around you how your labrador responds to your commands and how he knows how to behave around others. A new smell could have any lab wandering around for ages, as could the sound of other animals and new people. By using a leash you can control your lab until you feel you are in an outdoor area where he can be released and can roam freely.
Whilst away on holiday ‘pet behaviour’ is also concerned with keeping a routine so that your pet does not begin to stray from his usual habits. Be sure to continue using the usual eat and walk times and also keep an eye out for areas that are designated ‘dog’ areas. You may have to leave to hotel grounds to go for a walk with your labrador.
You will find that dogs are not allowed into certain areas of a hotel. The dining area is a great example as dogs and all other pets are usually not allowed in for hygiene reasons. Some hotels also frown upon pets in certain public areas. Once again ask the hotel where you can and cant go!
So, pet etiquette and pet behaviour are both interlinked and are both very important when you go away. When you are booking your hotel remember to ask about pet accommodations. You may even find a hotel that specialises in looking after pets! Whatever you decide to do make sure you do the research first!