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    Default Puppy Travelling on the Plane!!!

    Hi everyone So Miss Molly is coming with us to Cairns next Wednesday and is booked on to fly. We are hiring a dog crate from Dogtainers but I am really worried. I am unsure how she will be in a crate for nearly 3 hours :/ Has anyone ever travelled like this? Any suggestions on what we can do to make her as comfortable as possible? She hasn't been crate trained and is a bit of a sook. She is fine being away from us with other people as my nieces/nephew take her for a walk and she doesn't even notice. Just not sure how distressed she will get by herself in a crate?!?

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    I have done it from the first week we got Zeke and he has been fine, I was a bit worried at first as obviously there wasn't enough time to crate train him in a single day but what we did do was make sure his crate way comfy and it included a old tee-shirt that we had slept with, a couple of toys one being a chew toy, the ground and air staff were great with him lol even fighting over who would take him to the plane, I never make a fuss when leaving him anywhere or with anyone as the last thing I want to be dealing with is an anxious dog. So much for my worry about noise etc and him freaking the hostie let me peek in the back of the Dash 8 we were flying in and he was asleep and snoring before the doors were closed lol, I fly with him roughly once a month sometimes more as well as with other pets...sort of like a flying circus
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdee View Post
    I have done it from the first week we got Zeke and he has been fine, I was a bit worried at first as obviously there wasn't enough time to crate train him in a single day but what we did do was make sure his crate way comfy and it included a old tee-shirt that we had slept with, a couple of toys one being a chew toy, the ground and air staff were great with him lol even fighting over who would take him to the plane, I never make a fuss when leaving him anywhere or with anyone as the last thing I want to be dealing with is an anxious dog. So much for my worry about noise etc and him freaking the hostie let me peek in the back of the Dash 8 we were flying in and he was asleep and snoring before the doors were closed lol, I fly with him roughly once a month sometimes more as well as with other pets...sort of like a flying circus
    Hi thanks for that, I don't make a fuss when I leave her in the house and she loves everyone so there will be no problems there. Just hope she doesn't kick up a stink when she goes into the crate. I will put in one of my shirts and her favourite chew toys. She is never left alone for any longer than about 4 hours at a time and its funny because when we come home I have found her lying on a jacket or shirt! Another thing she gets fed twice a day and she needs to be checked in at 7.30 am can I feed her early that morning?

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    Zeke gets fed twice a day as well when he was still little I use to skip the full feed before a flight and then feed him when I got him home or feed him a lot earlier just depends on the flight, now of course he is well and truly crate trained plus he hasn't got a little pups toilet habits at 6 months, if it is only a short flight you could do either as long as she is well hydrated before the flight, or even a small feed early and a small one when off the plane to help settle them in on new ground, I tend to do what ever fits in with the flights but we always stick to the same routine up until a couple of hours before flights.
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    Maybe you could go to the vets and see about a pet sedative to calm her nerves. With my last dog Attila, we travelled long distances posting to posting (my ex is in the military)but we would take him in the car and would give him one if he was restless.

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    We have had dogs sent to Tasmania from all over Australia. They stress, it's a scary experience but they have all come out the other end fine.
    My pup was sent at 10 weeks old and came out the crate with his tail wagging even though he had never been in a pet-pack before.
    I would just make sure you have some water in there and something soft on the bottom.
    Try and avoid blankets as they tend to get scrunched up, we use a square of something like shagpile carpet with newspaper underneath.

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    Thanks for the comments. You are not allowed to sedate your pets for a flight. I asked the vet if there is something just to calm them but she said no, it would cause more problems. I was just going to get up earlier with her and feed her that morning. I don't think she would cope not getting fed in the morning and she will be fed 5 hours before the plane takes off. I won't have a problem with her doing the toilet in the crate unless she is distressed as she has been house trained since she was about 12 weeks old

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    Basic crate training for my dog took about an hour - maybe less.

    Ie you just spend the entire time - feeding the dog yummy things in the crate, opening and closing the door, building up to leaving the room for short periods of time, leaving the door open while you stand there and feed yummy treats, and generally making sure the dog has a really good time in the crate.

    The travel thing, and the vet thing are two reasons why I think everybody should crate train their dogs even if they don't want their dogs to be in there all the time.

    I now have to up the standard for my dog and have her spend some time in the crate when I'm home - because she's fine when she doesn't know where I am but when she does, she yells her head off, even though I never ever go to the crate or let her out when she's yelling - much to the frustration of my friends at hockey and bbq because they have to put up with the yelling for a short period of time.

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