Avoid Cabin Fever
Finding a dog park or even pet store can be a great social networking activity for both you and the furries! This will familiarize you with other pet owners in the community and could spark some new out of office friendships.
Endless Non-Verbal Support
Human friends are great for support, but if you’re new to the area, furry (or scaly) friends are the best support out there. Studies have even shown that pets are better at helping us reduce stress than human companions. According to Dr. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden in the Seattle Times:
“Pet owners had less stress and quicker recovery from stress when they were with their pets as compared to when they were with their spouse or friend.”
You’re Automatically a “Local”
If you’re out walking around your new neighborhood, you’re more likely to “blend in” if you have a dog with you.
As Gigi Griffis, author at Dogster, says: “Having a dog with me, I’m immediately seen as someone who belongs, a local, a contributor to the city’s culture and economy…I feel like we’re part of the story, part of the landscape – not just observers.”
This can help ease the discomfort that sometimes comes with learning the ropes in a new city. Instead of feeling like a frantic traveler, get the simple look and feel of a confident local.
On your next assignment, try taking your furry friends with you, and we don’t want to be overly confident, but this is the best way to travel, every time! What better way to spend the holidays than with a peppy and supportive travel buddy.