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How to prepare your dog for travel by car or plane

How to prepare your dog for travel by car or plane

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Recently, I was given a very important task: to make a resilient six-month-old mini-Doberman hybrid named Chloe and her family for their first high altitude Be prepared for adventure.

A few years ago, on an airplane, when the family’s last cub started complaining and yelled 10,000 feet in the air, the stewardess threatened to put him in the cargo hold if he couldn’t calm down. Understandably, this experience frightened Chloe’s mother. This time, she wanted to make sure that her fur baby was comfortable and worry-free.


Before traveling with a dog, whether driving or flying to the destination, you need to do some preparations, which can greatly reduce the stress of the journey.

This is the result of my cooperation with Chloe, how can it help your own dog?

Pico and Marz waited in the back of the car.

Pique (German Shepherd) and Marz (Papillon) were waiting for their people to take us on a camping trip on the coast of Oregon.

Dog handlers share stress-free dog travel tools

Stress-free travel requires two things: ways to calm dogs when they become anxious, and ways to distract them when they are bored.

Apart from pre-purchasing a small number of items, these solutions require no additional training. They just help you make your dog’s journey as pleasant as possible.

Tools to keep the dog calm

  • DAP-Dog Soothing Pheromone-Help alleviates anxiety by mimicking the same smell that a mother emits while breastfeeding. Use DAP products (for example, Adaptil’s calm travel spray And/or buy a DAP collar for your dog to wear around the neck.
  • One Ray shirt is a tightly wrapped coat that works according to the principle of acupressure, making the dog feel safer.
  • Nutritious food It has a calming effect like L-theanine and Lactium and has been approved for use in dogs. Find favorite snacks VetriScience calm Contain one or two of these ingredients or buy them at human vitamin stores or online. But be careful: never give dogs anything that contains xylitol, which is found in certain vitamins in humans. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs.
  • A lid that blocks the line of sight. If your dog is sensitive to objects flying around outside the window, try to cover its crate or use a Calm cap to Minimize their views.

Tools for distracting dogs

  • brain game. Just like Kong provides mental stimulation to your dog while driving or flying. I suggest you prepare for a long journey. If your dog is flying in the cargo hold, try hiding a few smaller educational toys and snacks in their bed.
  • Chewies Like Bully. It takes some time for the bones of pig ears and bone marrow to eat, which is distracting. Check the labels of these products carefully; check the information about safety and purchasing.

To box or not to box?

If you are going to fly, you need some kind of crate.

If your dog is as small as Chloe, a TSA-approved soft-surface travel bag will fit the seat in front of you. Look for a pattern that allows your puppies to see some mesh, but not too much, so as not to overexpose them. The back of the bag should be nice and dark so that your puppies can shrink into a ball until they feel scared.

SleepyPod is a brand whose reviews and quality standards are consistent; their AIR aircraft carrier is specifically designed for small dogs flying in the cabin.

If your dog is over 20 pounds, it will have to fly in plastic crates in the cargo hold. Choose a place large enough for your puppy to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down, and leave enough ventilation holes.

In the cabin, especially in the cargo hold, it will get cold! In addition to placing a soft cushion or other bedding on the floor of the transport or crate, place one or two warm, comfortable blankets so that your puppy can get in.

Although crates and vehicles are also the safest way to travel, they are not necessary. If your trip is imminent and you have not trained the box, consider using a dog harness and dog harness.

Look for a safety belt that has been crash-tested or at least a loop that can be attached to the safety belt, to ensure your puppies are safe. For safety, your dog should always sit in the back seat or back seat of the car.

How to train boxes for upcoming trips

If you have never had a dog before, you need some training before you travel to prevent the puppies from falling down at 10,000 feet. Some dogs can be brought into the box quickly and easily. Others need to be desensitized to accept that the space is safe.

Introducing boxes or porters

  • Place the crate (or carrier) in your kitchen, living room, or other areas of ​​the house where the family often hangs out. Put soft cushions and blankets tightly inside.
  • Feed the dog in a crate. First, open the door. When they start to get in and out of the crate easily, try to close the crate door during the meal.
  • Provide your puppy with delicious, lasting snacks in the crate, such as big sticks, pig ears, bone marrow bones or educational toys filled with snacks. First, let them enjoy the chew or toy with the door open, and then try to close the crate door when they chew happily.
  • Gradually increase the time your puppy spends in the crate. Unless flying by plane, let the dog take a break from the crate every three hours.


If you have correctly introduced the dog into the crate, but they still refuse to enter or stay for a short time, please desensitize the training. Please try the following steps and move slowly forward so that you don’t get too nervous or scare your dog.

  1. Throw food into the crate and encourage your puppy to put it in. Close the door for a second, then let them exit. Repeat five times.
  2. Increase the time in the box. Throw snacks and close the door for 5-10 seconds, then let go. Repeat at least five times. Next, try the same operation, but for 10 to 20 seconds, and so on. If your dog can complete the previous attempt without vocalizing, digging, or panicking, just add more time.
  3. It lasts for a few minutes or even longer, and gradually increases the speed as the puppy grows.

If you try to push a dog that can only stay in the crate for 10 seconds to a minute, you will make a lot of demands. However, if you try to push away a dog that can stay in the crate for 10 to 11 minutes, there won’t be much jumping. The speed at which you advance is related to the time your dog has reached the crate.

With these tips, you and your dog can embark on a journey with ease.

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