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Survey Shows 70% Dog Owners Avoid Going on Holiday

05 July 2016

UK - It might be the holiday season, but almost 70 per cent of dog owners (68.5%) have avoided going on holiday because they can’t find someone to look after their dog, according to a survey and, 62 per cent were nervous that their dog would lack affection and attention in their absence.

Royvon Dog Training and Boarding, who carried out the survey also found that owners were worried that their dog would miss the family and their home (62%) whilst they were away.

The research highlights the fact that dog owners do not trust anyone else to look after the family pet, with over half (56%) saying they feared the dog escaping and worried that they would not be safe. A further 43 per cent were concerned that their dog would not get enough exercise.

But according to Royvon Dog Training, who pioneered residential training for dogs, leaving the family pet whilst away could be a positive experience for most dogs, allowing them to socialise and helping them deal with separation.

Darren James, managing director of Royvon Dog Training commented on the results: “These worries are completely understandable. For an owner, the dog is a family member and so all the worries associated with leaving a child or elderly parent can be similar. There will always be a fear that the dog will suffer separation anxiety but this is actually very rare. Look on it as a holiday for the dog too, a chance for them to explore different surroundings, with a new carer.”

Almost 70 per cent (66.9%) of people surveyed also said they found it difficult to find someone to look after their family pet despite there being more dog sitters and boarding hotels available today than ever. As well as worries about lack of safety and exercise over a quarter (29.7%) of respondents were concerned their dog would not be fed properly too.

With these results Royvon say it’s not surprising owners are staying at home and offer the following advice:

  1. Find a carer that you and your dog know, look out for recommended boarding kennels, or speak to existing customers.
  2. If your dog needs lots of exercise, ensure you are leaving them with someone that is able to take them for long walks.
  3. Visit the carer or kennel with your dog, and introduce them before you go away so they are familiar with their surroundings.
  4. Create a checklist with all the details of what they need to know about your pet including favourite foods and treats, toys, games and routines, along with their vet’s details.
  5. If your dog needs training, your time away might be an ideal to sign up your dog for behavioural training – and you’ll come back to a happier and well behaved dog.
  6. If you have access to email, or even skype, arrange for regular updates it will put your mind at rest.
  7. Relax, the majority of dogs adapt well, will learn to cope without you and, will still love you when you get home!

For further information about Royvon Dog Boarding visit or call 0208 819 7374.

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