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    Ok, so in preparation for Bella and Charlie's first ever flight (coming up in April - going to Tassie) we bought two crates today. Got a little one for Bell and had to get Charlie the big one! He was too big for the one Bell got!

    So anyway, I've set them both up in the lounge room, doors open, blanket and a couple of toys chucked in. Also chucked in a couple of treats to start with so they would go in and have a look. Both have wandered in to the big one a couple of times but won't go near the little one yet.

    So... now what? I've never had crates before. I'm guessing I just leave the crates there for a while and let them work it out for themselves? How long before we start shutting the door?

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    I would start by getting them used to the crates for short periods first. Try giving them their treats (?) in there. Some ppl will even feed their dogs in the crate when starting out. Some ppl will gravitate to clsoing the door for short periods to get used to being locked inside the crate.

    Basically IMO if a crate is used it should be used for their bed each night. The command 'in your bed' or whatever should mean go into your crate and sleep. It's bedtime. Nighty night.

    Lots of ppl on here with crate-training experience who use them ALL the time, wheras I don't. So they should be able to help you from start to finish training Bella and Charlie to become accustomed to them in a postitive way.

    Do just make sure the crates you've purchased pass all the necessary requirements for domestic air-travel. If in doubt, those specific requirements are usually listed in good detail on the pet freight sites of the individual airlines.

    Best of luck C&B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I would start by getting them used to the crates for short periods first. Try giving them their treats (?) in there. Some ppl will even feed their dogs in the crate when starting out. Some ppl will gravitate to clsoing the door for short periods to get used to being locked inside the crate.

    Basically IMO if a crate is used it should be used for their bed each night. The command 'in your bed' or whatever should mean go into your crate and sleep. It's bedtime. Nighty night.

    Lots of ppl on here with crate-training experience who use them ALL the time, wheras I don't. So they should be able to help you from start to finish training Bella and Charlie to become accustomed to them in a postitive way.

    Do just make sure the crates you've purchased pass all the necessary requirements for domestic air-travel. If in doubt, those specific requirements are usually listed in good detail on the pet freight sites of the individual airlines.

    Best of luck C&B.
    Ta According to the lady at Pet Stock they are def. air travel approved. I don't really want to use them as their night-time beds - they sleep in a play pen (that's been folded smaller so all it fits is their 2 beds) at the moment and have done since they were about 12 weeks.

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    Oh okay, that makes sense.

    I would just leave the crates in the house in an area where you can slowly get them used to them without any fear. Throw treats in there, make them a fun place for the dogs to go IYKWIM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Oh okay, that makes sense.

    I would just leave the crates in the house in an area where you can slowly get them used to them without any fear. Throw treats in there, make them a fun place for the dogs to go IYKWIM.
    Sounds like I'm on the right track then - have got them in the lounge with doors open, so they can go check it out as they please. Charlie took himself into his for a little nap last night, so that's good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Sounds like I'm on the right track then - have got them in the lounge with doors open, so they can go check it out as they please. Charlie took himself into his for a little nap last night, so that's good!
    Yep, it certainly is good. No problem for Charlie then. Lol.

    BTW, you know hwen you get them done for hydatid tapeworm before coming to Tassie, just keep a photcopy of the Vet's letter in your handbag. There's been a few cases where the paperwork taped to the top of the crate has gone 'missing' in transit - so having a spare copy is something I always suggest to ppl. Cheers.

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    Thanks for that- - I certainly will do. Haha the lady from REX we spoke to the other day suggested that as it would be their first flight maybe we should also speak to a vet about a mild sedative for the flight when they go to get the worming treatment. I know who needs the sedative and it sure isn't Bells or Charlie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Thanks for that- - I certainly will do. Haha the lady from REX we spoke to the other day suggested that as it would be their first flight maybe we should also speak to a vet about a mild sedative for the flight when they go to get the worming treatment. I know who needs the sedative and it sure isn't Bells or Charlie!
    Lol. Poor lady. It's her job. Many ppl don't get their dogs used to the crates before a plane trip, so yeah, they can really stress with everything they have to cope with.

    One day I'd love to see someone put a little tape recorder in the crate, and when the staff check on them to see if they are okay, one little doggy pipes up in a human voice and says "hey we're fine - chill lady!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Lol. Poor lady. It's her job. Many ppl don't get their dogs used to the crates before a plane trip, so yeah, they can really stress with everything they have to cope with.

    One day I'd love to see someone put a little tape recorder in the crate, and when the staff check on them to see if they are okay, one little doggy pipes up in a human voice and says "hey we're fine - chill lady!"
    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...?

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    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).

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