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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Hmm.. now there's an idea LOL. That's certainly keep me amused and my mind of the scary flying lol. But how would you make the tape recorder go off at the right time...?
    No idea how to make that work - but hey, it's a fun fantasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    You're on the right track with the crates, maybe next time one of them goes in for a snooze shut the door, keep an eye for when they wake up, then go open it if they don't make a fuss. They'll be fine!

    Re the sedative, I personally don't like to use them, I have put quite a few dogs on planes, and only sedated one who was extremely highly strung to begin with. I have been told by a number of staff at the depot they prefer dogs not to be sedated, as when they check on dogs, it makes it harder to tell if the dog is just sleepy or if there is actually problem. When you drop them off for the flight don't make a fuss, just ignore or walk away (once my back is to them is when I start crying lol).
    Yes, TBH I don't think they'll have a problem with the actual flight itself, after all it's only an hour long! I don't think they need sedatives. The problem shall be meeeeee, who is a nervous wreck in airports and will most likely cause the dogs to be nervous through my nervousness. So therefore I have 2 months to get over it A workmate came up with a good suggestion the other day - when there's turbulance or something, pretend the pilot is hitting the "turbulance button" to mess with the passengers for fun!

    Bella won't go near her crate at the moment, but she'll go in Charlie's bigger one. I'll have to try encouraging her with treats soon but it's hard when greedy guts Charlie tries to push her out of the way to get them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    No idea how to make that work - but hey, it's a fun fantasy.
    Lol well we've got 2 months to think of something....

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    Just wanted to give an update on how our training is going, as I'm super excited at the moment!

    Charlie has no probs. he's happy to go in either crate.

    Miss Bella wouldn't go near them. I tried feeding her in there, giving her chicken wings in there, enticing her in with treats, toys, etct etc etc. She hated it and wouldn't go near it.

    So I decided to try another tactic. I put her blanket on the floor and have been teaching her to go sit on it, using the command "in your crate". Then I started putting the crate on the edge of the blanket with the door open, but ignored the actual crate and just kept telling her to sit on the blanket. We've just been working on it - and she actually went in the crate!!!!!!!! She won't stay in there at the moment, but she went in it and that's all that matters at the moment!

    I've currently got the crate at my feet, with the blanket half in it, half on the floor. Guess who's currently curled up on the blanket right up against the door of the crate happily chewing on her Nylabone.....


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