Preparing to travel - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Puppy Area * Do not advertise dogs for sale here*

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
SherryTeach's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Tempe, AZ
Posts: 14
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Preparing to travel

Eight- month-old Abby is traveling with me by air to spend a week in San Francisco. To say that she is not fully house trained is an understatement. She is also full of puppy enthusiasm at seeing new people, though she minds pretty well on her leash when asked to calm down. I am looking forward to having her with me as we walk the city and enjoy our vacation. However, I have several concerns.

On the plane, she will be in her portable crate which will fit under the seat in front of me. I'm really hoping she doesn't decide to have major barking fit resulting in the other passengers opening the emergency door and tossing us both out at 30,000 feet. I'm sending her to puppy school the day of travel so she will get really tired playing with the other dogs all day. And we are traveling at night when she is usually sleeping. I have also been using this crate in the car so she will be accustomed to it.

At our destination is a second floor apartment and two cats. I am taking her pop up pen; it fits in my suitcase. I am unsure how the pottying issue is going to go. It is not going to be as easy to take her out as often as I do here at home or keep her easily contained to safe areas by my doggie door. And I'm really hoping she and my grand kitties settle into a quiet relationship!

Any tips for travel or for handling your puppy when away from home? This will be Abby's first Christmas!
SherryTeach is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 08:42 AM
Senior Member
lanabanana's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Windsor, VT
Posts: 241
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Oh, I can't wait to hear about how your trip goes, especially the flying! It sounds like you have a good idea of making sure that Abby is good and tired when she is put in the travel crate and you've gotten her used to being in it. Does she have a favorite chewy you can give her if she begins to raise a ruckus on the plane?

While at your grandkitties house, just make sure she is never allowed free rein. She should either be tethered to you or in her crate or enclosure to prevent potty accidents. My 7 and 9 month old pups go easily 6 hrs between potty breaks now. This may be the turning point for her.

Good luck to you and Merry Christmas!!! Make sure you get some good pics!
lanabanana is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 09:10 AM
Gucci's mom
Thumper's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 9,378
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 11 Posts
I've travelled a LOT with my girl, planes and automobiles, and you must pack some towels, napkins or baby wipes to clean up any messes (you can even grab some paper towels from the airport bathroom to have just in case!)

I always take a pee pad and we go in the handicap or family bathroom and try to make her go before we leave, or on layovers, but usually she is fine if she goes right outside the airport before we check in. I limit her water intake to the bare minimum while traveling and food, try to hold off feeding of feed earlier if you know its a factor on when they need to go #2.

Also, take a small blanket, baby blanket or big bulky coat and you may be able to hide her on your lap when you get up to a safe/ flying range. They have to be under the seat for take off and landing, some flight attendants are cool about letting them sleep in your lap, others are kinda bitchy about it, but you don't find out til' you get and I have only gotten caught a few times out of the many I've taken her, I usually just pull the blanket over her when they walk by and watch my iPad or read a book.

Take off and landing are the scariest to them because of the noise and air pressure changes, but she should be fine unless someone in the seat in front of you has ordered fried chicken and the smell of it is making them go berserk!! *sigh* lol

Have a nice trip! If you use bells on the door for potty, bring them, they will figure out how to use them at new places quickly. I don't bring ours anymore because Gucci has figured out to go stand at the door of whatever hotel room or house we are at. We just got back from a 2 night stay in Blacksburg, VA for my DD's graduation, she's happy to be home, but she loves traveling with us! and we love taking her

Thumper is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
SherryTeach's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Tempe, AZ
Posts: 14
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
I am planning to take potty pads for the airport and to put in the bathroom where I will have her when I need to go out without her once we are in the apartment. I'm going to sleep with her blankie this week so it is full of my smell. And she will have a full supply of her favorite busy bones. I will definitely have her either tethered to me or in her pop up pen at my daughter's home. We don't use a bell since she has a doggie door at home, but I'll just have to confine her and then take her out frequently. It just occurred to me that maybe I'll pour some Nature's Miracle into a small bottle and take that too. Best be prepared.

I do hope we have flexible flight attendants. I know she would be fine sleeping in my lap.

I am also getting a new Sherpa pet bag for taking her around town and into places she might not be welcome on foot. Like the nine story Macy's, with the biggest shoe department I've ever seen!

I will definitely post pics of our adventures!
SherryTeach is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 06:34 PM
Senior Member
Becky Chittenden's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: POWELL, TN
Posts: 1,056
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 6 Times in 6 Posts
Have a great trip and a very Merry Christmas!

Becky C
Becky Chittenden is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome