So I have a 6 year old dog and he's been through quite a lot in his life. He's lived mostly in a loud environment with people fighting and screaming all the time (long story) and I moved 3 years ago. He's a very nervous dog and gets scared of silly things like when I walk him he jumps forward quickly because of the wind or maybe my foot stomps on the ground a little louder than usual and he kind of jumps. He isn't THAT bad but yeah... also he is scared of me sometimes when I call him... he will walk slowly toward me thinking he's in trouble. He always thinks I'm angry at him. I can seriously never yell (like when I'm angry about something or with someone). Other times he just casually comes to me all happy so it isn't all the time that he's like this. In general he's a happy dog, eats, drinks, plays, has a good run when I get the chance to let him off the leash at a park or whatever. But pretty much all his life he's been like a person to me and I've spoiled him crazy. He sleeps where he wants and is always inside the house. I kiss him all the time and praise him for no reason.
Now to the point, I've had unexpected things come up and I have to move back to Perth (I'm in Melbourne) in 3 weeks via Virgin because they're the cheapest to fly with including the dog on the same plane. My dog has flown ONCE 3 years ago when I came to Melbourne.. he was sent ALONE by jetpets from Perth to Melbourne without no crate training or anything. My brother just pretty much took him to the airport, dumped him in a cage, yes cage and left him with strangers to be put on a plane. I can't imagine how scared he must of been. Actually after all this he's gotten even worse with his nervous and scared problems. Maybe it was a traumatic experience for him because when I picked him up he was kinda scared and shook up but was fine after a few minutes like nothing happened. So maybe I'm over reacting, who knows.
I got a large crate today and tried training him a little. He's been in and out of it several times but runs back out after he's done eating his treat that I threw in. Though I've gotten him to stay in there for a couple of minutes by letting him eat more before coming out. He won't usually go in at all unless I throw food or repeat over and over to go inside and he doesn't like that. I closing the door on him to see if I could lift the crate up because I will have to but the whole thing was shaking and was hard to keep still. He did not like that at all.. maybe I tried it too fast. But slowly he's starting to get in there again but still doesn't like to stay. I put his sleeping blanket in there with toys as well to make it comfortable.
I am really really stressed and worried about this whole thing. I don't know what to do. No one can take us to the airport so it has to be a taxi. I am supposed to somehow manage to carry this HUGE crate with my dog in it to the taxi on the day of the flight in 3 weeks. Keep him quiet and calm for 40 mins drive. Then take him out and to the animal section of the airport or whatever. He has to watch me walk away from him and he will think I'm abandoning him probably which is the most hardest part for me. He will probably make noises as I walk off and be so scared and nervous in a crate, waiting for an hour to board the plane. Then a stranger puts him in the cargo where he has to wait for the plane to take off. Then there's the noise that will scared the crap outta him... but apparently dogs fall asleep during flight. I have no idea what he is like. I do wonder what he did on his last flight. The only good thing about this is it's only a 4 hour flight. God I am seriously so so nervous and scared. Probably more than him.