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Q: Moving with a high anxiety dog?

January 3, 2009 | By Jessica P. | 6 answers | Expired: 2071 days ago

Jessica P.

Okay, so I am asking this question WAY in advance of a possible move (6months). I am considering moving from Hawai'i to Virginia, but my current dog MUST come with me. We would be flying from HI to CA, then driving cross country. My question is what do you think are some things I can do to help prepare Fresco for the trip/s? He is crate trained (extremely well, not worried about that). But he still very scared of people, can display fear-based terrotorial defensiveness, he doesn't like loud sounds (but ONLY when they happen when he is doing something "bad" like barking), he knows basic commands and is semi boundary trained (still working to proof this). I have travelled with dogs (with various issues) for 12+hours at a time. But figured I would see if anyone on here could me ideas for training, preparing or the actual trip that I hadn't thought of. Anything is appreciated.

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Courtney H.
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Jan 05, 2009

I travel quite a bit with my dogs air and land. I am lucky enough to have 2 small dogs that can travel in a carrier under my seat.
Flying Portion- Talk to your vet .. mine gave me the dosage for benedryl to use if needed. I have used it when I fly. It seems to calm them down without really sedating them.
Also get your dog used to drinking from a water bottle with drip (like used for rabbits and small critters). It will give you a way to make sure your dog has water in it's crate without spilling it.

Car portion of trip- I don't feed my dogs meals the day of a long trip. They get lots of fun yummy things to keep them busy while I drive. They LOVE car trips. We travel long distance about 4 times a year and they are troopers. Stuffed Kongs, Bully Sticks and Bones are Great. Also bring a long-line with you to be able to give your dog a few moments of play at a rest stop. I also got my dogs used to the car harness& seat belt. I switch from the crate to the seat belt during a long trip to give them a break from the crate.

Happy & Safe traveling and Kudos for taking your dog with you and thinking ahead.

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Niki D.
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Jan 03, 2009

Although many people are hesitant to try drugs, an anti-anxiety medication is the easiest and least stressful option. Talk to your vet about it.

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PetAirways
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Jan 05, 2009

Definitely get your pup used to the crate and i would even put some blankets or things that have familiar smells with him during his travels. I would say do not sedate your dog but something that might calm him down would be suggested. I would also look into Pet Airways to get your dog from CA to Washington DC. Flights wont start until Summer, but we make sure we have a pet attendant to help keep your dog calm and he will fly in the main cabin, not in the dark, loud, cargo area. Find more out at <a href="http://www.PetAirways.com">www.PetAirways.com</a>

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