Lifestyle Pets What to Do When You Are Planning a Vacation and You Have to Leave Your Dog at Home Rover.com recommends leaving behind an old shirt in your dog's bed or crate, so they can be comforted by your scent while you're gone By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 14, 2019 04:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email With summer nearly here, it is already time to start making travel plans. But for the 60 million households around the country with pets, planning a vacation doesn’t just include finding hotels and flights, but making sure their furry family members are going to be taken care of too. Did you know: More than half the pet parents in the U.S. (56%) choose to alter travel plans specifically because they are worried about their pet’s care when they are away from home (and the cost associated)?Or, that even for those who do decide to travel this summer, 82% will still worry about their pets? To help ease these worries and to help offer your pet their own retreat while your away, we talked to the experts at Rover.com about what to do when you’re going on vacation and your pet can’t come with you. What to Do If Your Dog Hates Your Partner Here are a few things Rover.com recommends you do to make sure your pet and pet sitter are set up for success: When leaving your pet with a new pet sitter, make sure you can do a meet-and-greet, doing so allows you to ask any questions and make sure the sitter will be the right fit. The top things you should ask include:How often will you be visiting and for how long?Are you comfortable putting on my dog’s harness?Have you ever sat for a dog that’s the same size and breed as mine?Are you familiar with my neighborhood?Leave behind an old shirt with your scent on top of your dog’s crate or near its bed. Your pup will be comforted by your scent while you’re away! Dogs noses are incredible and having something with your scent is really helpful to some dogs. If your pet has a favorite bed you can leave that as well.You can ask your sitter to leave the radio on, or play some soothing music during the day if your dog is used to the noises of an active household. Some nice jazz is always relaxing!