You may have a beloved counter-cruiser in your home, one of those dogs that is so big that they can easily snatch food off your counter with a quick twist of their head. They might even weigh well over 100 pounds and be bigger than your son. You and your family have doubtlessly grown used to their big paws and sprawled bodies on your couch, and you have probably even trained them to be well-mannered members of society (otherwise known as “no pulling on the leash when they go for walks”). Now, however, the day is coming when you must ship them via plane or ground transport to your new home, and this complicates a dog that otherwise fits perfectly in your life. How do you, exactly, relocate a canine buddy that can give you a sloppy kiss without standing on its hind paws?
First, Be Aware That You May Need to Order or Make a Customized Crate.
Blue Collar Pet Transport has relocated many large dog breeds in its history, so it has recommendations for how to transport your Great Dane or Siberian Husky. Some of the larger crates are 48 inches long, which is equivalent to the length of a dog from nose to tail, plus a few inches extra. Most Rottweilers, for example, can easily fit inside these crates. If, though, you find it’s too close for comfort, there are extension kits you can buy that will help you add on the extra space you need.
For those who need to make a crate, we recommend talking to Blue Collar Pet Transport so that you get off the right track. Our advice can save you some time and money and help you to build a secure, comfortable crate for your buddy.
Second, Consider Private Flying for Your Dog.
No animal should ever be put in the cargo hold of a plane, and with Blue Collar Pet Transport’s Private Pet Transport option, large pets can ride with experienced handlers and avoid being part of the luggage on commercial aircraft. We also offer both private and shared ride ground transport, so there are plenty of great options when it comes time to send your gentle giant to their new home.
Third, Your Big Friend Will Need Additional Care during Their Journey.
A large dog, as you have already found out, has the same needs as a smaller canine but on a much bigger scale. Before they leave on their trip, be sure to completely tire them out. Consider going for a long bike ride and letting your dog run next to you for three or four miles (assuming they are already used to such a distance). Even better, put on some rollerblades and let yourself be taken for a ride. Whatever form of exercise you choose, make sure that when your fur friend walks into their crate, they’re ready for a long sleep.
Hydration will be an issue, too. Large dogs simply need more water than smaller animals, so it might be wise to attach a water dish to the inside of the crate for the flight. Blue Collar Pet Transport recommends letting a dog drink out of the dish for a few days before the trip so that they become accustomed to it.
Blue Collar Pet Transport Can Make Relocating a Large Dog Simple.
As with everything, preparation is the key to a successful pet relocation. With some foresight and a little ingenuity, your big dog will do very well on its journey with Blue Collar Pet Transport, who is available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have about animal relocation.