Travelling Phase

Take-Off

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Many travellers have not seen a dog on board before and may see it as a novelty.

Travelling phase

These are the steps of the Travelling Phase:

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  • Give your dog three or four of their normal kibble on take-off and landing to balance their ears if they are looking unsettled
  • Avoid salty food throughout the journey as this makes them thirsty and increases their need to urinate
  • If your dog stands up at any stage, encourage them to lie - be firm but nice (pandering to their anxiety, only reinforces it)

Further Tips

  • Peanut butter is great for balancing your dog’s ears if they like it, as it makes them constantly lick
  • If your dog is anxious, you could try distracting them with a game that involves incentives for them!
  • For long haul flights, give your dog ice cubes rather than water to hydrate them (decreases their chance of needing to toilet when compared to water)