Category Archives: Pet Travel Tips

Dog Air Travel

The 5 Steps to Preparing Your Dog for Air Travel

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Dog Air Travel Tips!

Planning on traveling across Europe? Moving across the globe? Or going on a quick cross-country jaunt to see the family for the holidays? How about making it even better and bringing your dog along for the ride?!

But, where do you start? Sure, booking air travel is getting easier and easier for us humans – but for our little furry companions, it’s mind boggling. Or is it?

In fact, prepping your dog for air travel, booking him in, and making sure he’s comfortable on the flight is as easy as following these six steps.

Then, pretty soon you’ll be holding up a “Welcome Fido” banner at arrivals, waiting to scoop him into your arms! Just kidding, dogs can’t read, silly.

1. Clean Bill of Health

For all small pets departing the US to travel internationally, they require an “Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals.”

Whereas, if you’re departing from Europe, small pets will likely require a “Pet Passport” issued by a national governing body, and stamped with up to date vaccination records from your veterinarian.

This is to prove that they are of no risk to the animal population in the destination country.

Contact your local veterinarian to ask whether they can provide you with the necessary documentation, or point you in the direction of someone who can!

2. When To Travel

We all prefer to fly direct, but it can be ever so tempting to book that flight with three stop overs and save 50% of the ticket cost. When traveling with pets, it’s never worth the saved money.

Flying is a stressful experience for us, and at least we know how long we’re going to be in the air, and that the destination is worth it!

For our pooches, as much as we try to prep in advance, flying is a stressful experience, and as loving owners, we owe it to them to make this as quick as possible.

Booking flight during off peak times, for example during the week, or first thing in the morning can also be a good option to make it aboard a quieter plane hopefully.

3. Crate Training

When you fly your pet, you have the option of using your own crate or renting one from the airline. I always suggest using your own. Having a little nest that smells like home will help to minimize your dog’s stress.

It’s essential to crate train your dog well before the date of departure. You want to create happy experiences so that in your dog’s mind – the crate is great!

Different airlines have different rules when it comes to the size allowed. Based on the size of your dog, you can check the exact dimensions when making your booking.

BONUS TIP

Playing airplane sounds, such as takeoff and landing. And gradually increasing the volume of these can help to desensitize your dog to the potentially scary sounds and prep him for a calm day of travel!

4. On The Day

On the day of travel, your dog should already be well accustomed to being in the crate, and the noise of air travel. Now all you need to do is keep your own energy calm. Taking deep breaths and avoiding caffeine on the day of the journey – at least until your fluffball in onboard.

BONUS TIP

Feed your dog four hours before travel; this will give him time to relieve himself before going into the crate and make for a more comfortable journey.

5. PREPPING FOR CABIN TRAVEL

  1. Clean your dog’s water resistant carrier but not so much that it loses the smell of home
  2. Put a good quality potty pad into the base of the bag and bring extras
  3. Bring a roll of diaper bags, and baby wipes so that you can quickly and discreetly change out potty pads if need be – your pup and row buddies will thank you!
  4. Bring a no spill water/food bowl combo
  5. Take along plenty of treats to help distract and calm your dog if he becomes nervous
  6. Be sure that you have all of your complete health certificates OR passport
  7. Have a collar tag with your contact info – accidents happen, and dogs do get loose
  8. Arrive at the airport an hour earlier than you would without your dog
  9. Bring along some doggy travel sickness tablets just in case
  10. Introduce yourself to your seat neighbors!

BONUS TIP

Don’t forget about doggie travel insurance!

No Excuse Now

Air travel with your dog is probably easier than you thought! There’s a whole world out there to discover. So hop to it! Still not sold on the idea? I understand. Traveling your pet is a significant, and expensive decision. And one that only you can make. Hearing from other people that have already gone through it is a great way to make your mind up. Hop on to a dog forum and ask for experienced travelers opinions!

 

Dog moving tips

Dog Moving Tips from Pet Jets!

Dog Moving Tips

Moving from your house can be incredibly stressful, especially on the day when the removal men arrive and the house is put into utter chaos. Well if you think this is stressful, imagine what it’s like for your dog! Random men bowling through the house, moving all of your things without your permission and having to get out of their way all of the time. What a nightmare!
So here at here at FLEXiSPACE.com, we’ve come up with a guide to make this day far more enjoyable for your canine pal.
It covers what you should do before, during and after the move, and provides some fun games you can play to keep them entertained, as well as travel advice and some products that can chill out a dog that’s getting hot under the collar.
Enjoy! For information about using private jet charter to relocate with your pets, visit PetJets.com!
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by FLEXiSPACE.

Traveling with dogs

Ultimate Road Trip Guide For Traveling With Dogs

Few things in life are as fun or rewarding as going on a long road trip with your dog in tow – however, there’s a lot of things to consider before going on a long trip with your dog. The bigger and greater the numbers of dogs you’re taking with you, the more difficult it become! We’ve taken our 140+ lbs of dogs on long multi-day road trips across the US and Canada, so we wanted to share what we have learned to make your road trips easier.

Let’s start out with this infographic we put together of our top tips to make your road trip as stress-free as possible. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the products we use that make our road trips much easier.

Stress-Free Road Trip With Your Dog Infographic

We compiled our best tips for reducing the stress of your trip into one helpful infographic! Take a look and feel free to share!

Stress-Free Road Trips With Your Dog

Stress-Free Road Trips With Your Dog, courtesy of Woof & Whiskers

dog travel

Dog Travel Tips with Pet Jets – Can Our Dog Eat That?

Dog Travel Tips! Can our dogs eat that? This is a great article, especially for pet owners when traveling with Pet Jets and are on the go!

For most people feeding your dog is simply a matter of grabbing the dry kibble, putting some water in the bowl and hope that your pup loves it.

There is, however, a new movement of feeding dogs a raw diet or supplementing their diets with fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. Of course, dogs evolved from wolves, and therefore they enjoy a diet high in protein, specifically meat based products.

For many of us, knowing what human food to feed a dog can be a challenge. A diet that’s high in fat, sugar, and fillers is bad for dogs and us so what should we feed them unhealthy food? Luckily Pet Gear Lab has produced a super handy chart which you can download, print out and stick on your fridge. It lists all the common foods which you can freely feed your pup and those which you should feed moderately, or avoid altogether. It’s handy for kids or elderly parents to refer to when they feel like giving your pets tit bits.

This is what it looks like:

Can dogs eat oatmeal, lobster or apples

Head on over to Pet Gear Lab to grab the download and let us know how you’re getting on with introducing human food into your dog’s diet.