Leo’s Sixth Sense
No matter how well we try to make it seem that everything is normal, Leo always knows when we’re about to go on a trip. Either he can understand us when we’re talking about it or he can just feel it in the air.
Even though Leo has a great time with Oscar or with the other pups at daycare, being away from home and away from us is stressful for him. So the past couple of trips we’ve taken we’ve tried to change up our packing routines so Leo doesn’t catch on and start stressing out earlier than necessary.
After the first couple of trips we took, we decided to switch up the luggage, thinking Leo recognized the old bags as the catalyst for a trip. We then tried to book Leo’s boarding a day earlier so he didn’t see any packing at all. We’ve tried packing the morning of and this past trip, we’ve tried just laying out all the luggage and clothes 2 weeks ahead of time to make Leo get used to the suitcases being there. Well, that didn’t work either. He was totally fine the 2 weeks leading up to the trip but a couple days before he started getting anxious like he normally does when we’re going on a trip.
One day Leo will trust that we aren’t actually abandoning him, and will hopefully look forward to his little vacations. Even though I know he has fun while we are away, I miss him dearly and always look forward to coming back home to him.
Do your pets realize you’re about to travel? Let me know in the comments below!