If you’re going away for a business trip or vacation, you’ll need to make sure your pets have appropriate supervision. Just like you, they’ll need a safe place to stay, but that’s not all. Simply sitting in a kennel or at home all day is not conducive to a healthy environment. Your pets need interaction and activity to give them the kind of stimuli that keeps them healthy and happy. In fact, research has shown that the more interaction and activity they receive, the happier and healthier they are, especially when you are away.
What Happens to Pets who are Inactive?
A cheap and inadequate boarding or pet sitting environment may lead to extended periods of inactivity for your pet. What does this mean? It means, like humans, they’ll get bored. When dogs and cats get bored, they find other, negative ways to get their energy out. According to the ASPCA, a lack of activity during lodging or pet sitting can lead to:
- Chewing, scratching, or digging
- Investigating off-limit items like garbage cans
- Hyperactivity and excitability
- Unruliness that leads to destructive habits
- Rough play and other antisocial behavior
- Barking, whining, or meowing for attention
How Do Pets Benefit from Activities?
At Cascade Pet Camp, we understand the importance activities have on an animal’s life, whether they are with us short or long term. Keeping animals active with play, toys, and socialization can:
- Reduce the destructive behaviors listed above
- Help keep them healthy
- Reduce digestive problems due to anxiety
- Help build confidence
- Improve their ability to sleep at night
- Keep weight under control
How Do Pets Benefit from Interaction?
Having plenty of space to run and play and toys to chew on are only part of the activity experience at Cascade Pet Camp. When dogs stay at our Hood River lodging facility, they have the opportunity to:
- Interact with camp counselors multiple times every day
- Interact with other dogs in a supervised manner (if appropriate for your dog)
- Participate in camp activities
- Take potty breaks
- Get yummy treats to chew on
- Receive lots of love and attention
These loving and playful interactions help pets to develop and maintain their positive social behavior, so that when you return from your trip, they are ready to pick up right where they left off. In some cases, if you choose, they can even receive additional training so they have a trick or two to show you when you welcome them back home again.
For more information on the importance of interaction and activity during lodging, check out this great resource from the ASPCA: