Max is coming away with me for the whole summer, to a different state. It's only about two hours away by plane, sometimes three. Seeing as he will be in a small crate beneath my seat, do you think it is a good idea for me to start leaving him in a small sized crate like that for an hour a day or something to get him used to it. He will probably bark and bark, which is why I want him used to it now.. Thoughts and opinions please :)
if he is not used to a crate then yes i would get him used to one. he is probably going to be nervous with the flying so having him used to the crate before he goes with you will be a good idea.
start out with very short periods of time in the crate and build up to longer periods as he gets more and more comfortable in it. also put some of his favorite toys and bones in there so he feels comfy.
Thanks scout. He lives in a large crate at night, although we have divided it in half but it's still pretty roomy heightwise. So I'll do a gradual build up, hopefully they may let me take him out after take off. After all, it is a small plane. It only seats around 30 people. And will he require any shots, or just a visit to the vet?
I can pretty much guarantee you that you're not going to be able to take him out of the crate on the plane. Its just too much of a liability to the airlines. And try to resist the urge to reassure him when he's in his crate (even on the plane).
You might want to talk to your vet about getting your pup a mild sedative if you think he might flip out in the crate under your seat. I was on a flight once where someone was asked to get off the plane, before everyone was even finished boarding, because her dog would not settle down.
I don't know if I would give my dog a sedative, but it might be something to consider if you really want to make sure you dog gets to go with you.
My dog is too big, he can't even stand up straight under the dining room table, so I could never take him on the plane, so I really wouldn't even have to consider your circumstances for myself. I do, however, agree with the other posters in regard to getting your pup familiar with the crate, if you do, it will soon become a safe refuge for him, and he might not even bark or whine at all on the plane. good luck to you! :)
Also, when you are trying to build up the amount of time that Max is spending in the smaller crate, leave the crate open during the day where Max is able to go in & out of the crate as he pleases. Put his toys & maybe some treats so that he gets a positive experience during the day also. Maybe even bring the crate outside with you & Max when he is playing in his area. Just try to expose Max to the crate as much as possible... you could even take the partition down in your normal crate & place the smaller crate inside the larger one. Just some suggestions.
Scout: Ok, thanks he will go to the vet for a check up but his vaccines are up to date for now.
Minniyar: I love to spoil him so I really will try and leave him alone on the flight and kind of hope he doesn't notice, lol I do understand what you're saying.
Valdeere: Thanks for the advice, I'll look into sedatives but I worry because he is a small dog. I'll ask our vet though we may not have to resort to those measures if he shuts up for the flight lol.
Blackqueen8: Lol it's okay, I'm going to Wisconsin, which is where my uncle lives. I am going to have a job there, and he has two wonderful collies I will also be looking after. They used to be show dogs, and he insisted on me bringing Max lol.
Myweim: Thanks, I'll definitely make sure he sees the crate everywhere so he knows its not a punishment but a mere means of travelling.
Myshadow: Wow, thanks I'll look into dramamine. And I'm keeping that link in mind.
Barligirl: Well my uncle is paying for the flight, and the reason I am going there is to work for his surgery. I got a job at easter when I went there, and they want me to start in the summer. So that's where the money will go... to his surgery and his surgery only. He means the world to me, and if I can earn enough there I will definitely use it for his surgery if/when he needs it. I am also doing a garage sale this saturday selling a lot of stuff, just to help financially. Trust me, I'd give my life for this dog
***Edited By: siennalovesmax on 6/11/2006 9:04:55 PM*** Reason: Add
Many, many years ago when I got married I took my doxie on our honeymoon with us. I know some of you are probably laughing at that! But anyways, we sat in the back of the plane and when it started up the runway it was VERY loud underneath of us. Samantha started barking her brains out and refused to stop. I had to sit hunched over for 20 minutes so that I could shove my fingers into her crate to soothe her. You might want to ask for a seat away from the engines! She did finally settle down. Luckily on our connecting flight they let me take her out and hold her in my lap since she was a little dog. But my dad (He's a pilot) said that rarely happens. I would not give a true sedative like acepromazine, but maybe just some benadryl. Ask you vet for dosage.