How to Prepare Your Dog for Air Travel

If you are thinking about transporting your dog to its new destination via an airplane, you may be worried about how they will do. Dogs are creatures of habit, so any new environment will be exciting at best and stressful at worst. While an airplane is definitely a new environment, your canine buddy can do well in it despite all the unfamiliar sounds and smells they will encounter. It all depends on how well you prepare them for their adventure, and Blue Collar Pet Transport would like to offer some advice based on their own experience with flying dogs across the country. 

Get Started Early.

Depending on how well-trained your dog is or their personality, you’re going to need at least a month of solid training to help your buddy adjust to their plane ride. There are so many steps to take that waiting until the week before the trip to acclimate your dog will probably not be as effective.

Make Sure Your Dog is Crate-Trained.

Blue Collar Pet Transport recommends getting your dog comfortable with being in a crate for five or six hours. Start slowly, however – start with fifteen minutes at a time and gradually increase the length of time so that your dog is not overwhelmed or frustrated by the experience. Your dog should be able to stand and turn around comfortably. Remember to make going into the crate a fun experience (never a punishment) and to include treats as a reward for behaving well while in it. Be sure there is comfortable bedding and some toys to play with so that your furry friend won’t get bored, which can cause behavioral issues. Doing this before the trip means that by the time your pal gets on the plane, they will be fine with being in a crate.

Work On Eliminating Separation Anxiety.

Because they are pack animals, many dogs get anxious when they are not with their humans. You can gradually conquer this by keeping all hellos and goodbyes calm so that the dog understands that being alone or reunited with you is not anything to get excited over. Exercise is also important – a tired dog will behave much better while you are away. Lastly, gradually increase the time you are away until it matches the length of your trip.

Help Your Dog Become Desensitized to Noise.

Blue Collar Pet Transport suggests that you think about the sounds that your dog will hear on the day of their trip: crowds of people, voices over intercoms, and the rumbling of engines, among other things. If you have speakers, you can, for example, go onto YouTube and find some videos of planes landing and taking off. Play that video over the speakers for your dog a little at a time, which will introduce them to the sounds. They may be startled at first, but they will gradually grow accustomed to it. Remember to always reward them when they remain calm. 

Exercise Your Dog on the Day of the Flight.

Get your dog as tired as possible right before you leave for the airport, and make sure they have plenty of opportunity to relieve themselves. The ideal scenario is that your dog sleeps right through the flight, and getting rid of any excess energy is a great way to do that. 

Make the Inside of the Crate a Mini-Home Away from Home.

Your pooch will appreciate having its usual bedding in the crate since this will be both comfortable and familiar to them. Blue Collar Transport recommends a few toys to alleviate boredom but nothing that could be a choking hazard. Lastly, consider adding one of your shirts so that your pal will have your scent with him as he flies without you.

Blue Collar Pet Transport: Experts in Flying Dogs Safely and Comfortably

There is a lot that goes into a safe flight for any pet, and Blue Collar Pet Transport understands the anxiety and stress many dog-parents feel at the thought of flying their buddies without them. That is why you can rest easy with your choice of Blue Collar Pet Transport: as passionate dog lovers, they will give your friend the same care they would want for their own as they fly them to their new home.

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