Entertainment while you’re away helps dogs destress—and avoid turning to other temptations. Take a “sniff walk.” Help your dog burn energy with a walk at her own pace before you leave. Shaking, severe drooling, and extreme destruction in the home while you’re away are signs that your dog may need medication for anxiety. Intestinal blockages in adventurous eaters are a common reason dogs need surgeries. Document your dog’s training and medical history and solicit recommendations from pet sitters or your veterinarian.