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Old 12-16-2012, 07:09 PM
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Hi everyone!

I'm bringing Frida with me home for Christmas to my parents' house, and we'll be flying Southwest. I have the small Sherpa carrier for her to fit the regulations for size, but I'm a little worried on one point. They say that the dog must be able to stand and move around in the carrier. Frida can definitely change position, and crouch, but she can't fully stand up in it (she's a bigger chi at 8 lbs., but I think even the smaller ones would still be crouching a bit- it's only 8 inches tall!) Will this be a problem? I know I'm a little paranoid about it, my partner thinks they won't be looking that closely.

I was also wondering about food/water and potty breaks. It's about 8 hours total travel time, two flights and a short layover. I know that Frida can hold it that long, she frequently does, but I want to make it easy on her just the same. I don't like the idea of withholding food or water though because she is so small and because airplanes are dehydrating. She also vomits if she goes too long without eating. I've heard mentions of Nutrical being used for this purposE? I definitely plan to give her a little water during our layover.

In terms of behavior, has anyone seen any strong changes? She travels just fine and quietly in the same carrier on the subway, which I feel should be similar (loud noises, people everywhere, vibrations/moving, even pressure changes in one of the deep tunnels!) but I don't know if I should try a calming collar or something in addition. Thoughts?

Thanks so much, sorry for the novel!
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:29 PM
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I flew S.W. from Chicago to New Hampshire. They did fine. I fed them in the AM, walked and then put them in the carrier. They were in S.W's carrier that I bought, just to be sure. They laid down, but could stand up, with their heads down. They were in the carrier from 10AM to 5:30 pm. I did walk them when I picked up the rental car, but they were not interested in using the grass. They waited til I got to the hotel/motel and used the pee pads there.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:07 PM
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I have always wondered how a dog would do in cabin. I've only ever been on one flight where I've seen a dog on board and it was a pug. Are you allowed to let them out of the carrier in the airport during your layover?
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:26 AM
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I fly often with my 6lb chi and my cat. We use the delta sherpa LARGE carrier, which is plenty of room for them to be comfortable. Can you get the bigger one? 8 hours is a long time to be cramped and not be able to stand, IMO. Although neither of them use the bathroom, during layovers, I do have a pee pad and we go to the family restroom and I let them walk around. Like I said, they don't ever use it tho. I keep a pee pad in the carrier because if they have to go bad enough, they will.. I personally take them out of the carrier in the airport. As long as she's on a lead and within reach..I've never had an issue. We try to find an abandoned corner or something, where there aren't many people and especially no kids. I have a portable water bottle and bowl which collapse easily. You can find them at any petstore just about. I don't withhold food or water. For 8 hours, your pup could eat before the flight, and maybe take a few treats to have during the flight or on the layover..even a little ziplock of her food would be good if you think she'd eat it. I'd always offer water. No behavioral changes at all. Keep calm, don't be stressed because she will pick up on it, be cool One last piece of advice, I'd take her carrier out now, if you haven't already, just to let her get comfy with it and hopefully she'll use it as her own little secure space. I took Miya's out a month before our big flight to Japan and she napped in it every day, so come time for the big flight, I know she was comfortable.
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My mom and sister came to visit and Rocky flew in the cabin with them. With layover it was a 12 hour affair. He peed on a pee pad in the bathroom during the layover. He did great. He is an anxious dog and the vet recommended he take a minor sedative. It helped him immensely.

I will be flying to Florida on Saturday to see my family for the holidays. Toby will be flying with me. I have a direct flight, but I am still worried. Especially since it is a packed plane so close to Christmas. I'm sure we will be okay.


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I had a lady fly here to pick up a puppy a few years ago. She had a lay over in Chicago I think. She went in the bathroom and cornered off a corner with baggage and laid out her potty pad and the puppy used it.

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Gotta ask...what would you guys suggest for a dog who isn't pee pad trained?

I'm probably flying with my chi this year and I don't know what to do about potty time.
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That's tough, because you aren't able to find an outside area usually. I would either start working with the dog to use pads on occasion, and take spare pee pads in the carrier. Like I said, if the dog has to go bad enough, he or she is going to go anywhere.
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