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I'm bringing Lola, who will have just turned seven months, to Dallas with me for the Thanksgiving holiday to meet family and play with kids and her maltipoo cousin. I've never travelled with a dog before. I'm lucky enough to get a first class direct flight for a freakishly decent price, but I'm really nervous Lola will make a scene. I bought a sleepypod air, based on recommendations, but she hates it. She's a wiggle monster on good days, has also just found her voice, and likes using it a lot. I'm looking for tips to keep her calm for a three-hour flight, plus the normal waiting around in the airport time. Any help will be appreciated.

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I'm bringing Lola, who will have just turned seven months, to Dallas with me for the Thanksgiving holiday to meet family and play with kids and her maltipoo cousin. I've never travelled with a dog before. I'm lucky enough to get a first class direct flight for a freakishly decent price, but I'm really nervous Lola will make a scene. I bought a sleepypod air, based on recommendations, but she hates it. She's a wiggle monster on good days, has also just found her voice, and likes using it a lot. I'm looking for tips to keep her calm for a three-hour flight, plus the normal waiting around in the airport time. Any help will be appreciated.
Well, for starters, you need to start NOW making the carrier the best place it could possibly be. I'd be feeding her every meal in it, and probably putting her to bed in it at night too.

As far as the flight itself is concerned, mine have both fallen RIGHT asleep as soon as they were inside the plane and heard the rumble of the engines. Never made a peep through the entire flight. You can always talk to the vet about something that will sedate her if you're REALLY concerned, but most dogs travel just fine in planes!


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We flew home from Ottawa Canada to San Francisco with Scout when he was 10 weeks old. Unfortunately we missed our flight and had to wait two hours and fly to New Jersey. Then we had to wait two more hours until we could get a flight to San Francisco. It was a very long day for Scout tucked under a seat for hours. We were exhausted, but he did just great. Not one little whimper. I brought a little dish and gave him bottled water. He also had a bully stick to chew on. I am pretty sure that Lola will probably take a nap.

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First off try to relax they can read you're stress. Totally agree with Karen and get her to like the carrier. Can you tie a bully stick so she has to stay inside to eat it instead of going in and taking it out? Depending on when you leave you might want to think about skipping that meal. There is A TON of stuff going on in the terminal she will be totally entertained. You will have to put her Sleepypod through the xray and carry her through the walk through xray. They will swab your hands and her feet while you are holding her. Plane engines are drown out much more noise then you think especially if it's coming from under the seat. You might want to take a bully stick they might keep Lola occupied during the flight and might help with cabin pressure. I get tryptophan tablets from my vet. I'm not sure they really help but it makes me feel like I'm at least trying something plus it's totally natural. Try to get out for a brisk walk before you leave that helps too. The worst thing that can happen is a poop or pee in the Sleepy Pod. Put down a pee pad under the Sleepy Pod bedding just in case and don't put in a huge blanket it will get stuffed in the corner and take up valuable space.

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Thanks, guys. I will do all of the above, including asking my vet about the tryptophan. Last night, my neighbor also suggested I use the sleepypod for transport in the car for the next week or so to help her get used to it. When I bought it a month ago, she was smaller and it seemed like an excellent choice. Although she can stand and lie down in it, it's seriously cramped quarters compared to her crate, which I think is her objection. She likes her crate just fine. I have a soft, larger carrying bag/crate I use for my jumbo cat for trips to the vet. Maybe I'll check with the airline to see if it's approved just in case.

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