Prepare a Dachshund’s Crate For A Flight
When you fill out the forms and hand over your dog to the Pet Cargo department, he begins a journey without you to monitor him, similar to your luggage.
Luggage not arriving is an inconvenience; you file a complaint and let off a bit of steam at the lost luggage office, buy a new set of underwear and a toothbrush and hope that it magically appears at your hotel before the end of your vacation.
Your dog not arriving is unforgivable and stressful to say the least.
When he transferred between the warehouse, cargo, and plane, you want everyone to remember his crate. The more it stands out from the other crates the better.
Tips on how to get your Dachshunds crate ready for a flight.
Sticky tape in various colors is perfect. Buy fluorescent and bright colors and have fun. Important: Make sure you do not block any air holes or the airlines will ask you to remove it.
Reflectors: Put these on each side so the cage reflects light making it easier to see.
Ribbon in bright colors’ or twine tied to the handle of the cage – just as you would do to your luggage.
Label your crate with a picture of your dog. We have a Dachshund; he is small and wanted the handlers to know that.
Include on the label: flight information, your name, dogs name, and contact phone numbers. Print 4 and tape them to each corner of the crate.
Label your dog. Write contact numbers, your dogs name and flight details on a piece of tape and stick it onto his collar.
Tape a ziplock bag of dry food to the top of the crate.
Food bowls: These have to be airline approved (order with cage) and attached inside on the door of the crate.
Secure crate: When checking your Dachshund into the cargo PETS department double check that the cage is secure. As well as the bolts that come with the cage, also use zip ties as a double precaution. Zip tie the cage door closed so that it is less likely to be opened by a staff member unless in an emergency.
Include a pillow and blanket for your dog. Dachshund especially are often more comfortable if they can burrow under a blanket.
Please be sure to check the following links:
How To Measure A Dachshund For A Travel Crate
Oh man, I will be praying that Kilo finds a new home soon. I fear I may be in the same sotiatuin soon. I have a 4-month old daughter and a paralyzed dachshund (do you remember Allie?) I am afraid that once my daughter is older and mobile, Allie may get aggressive towards her, and since Allie is paralyzed, it will be difficult to find a new home for her. I pray every day that that doesn’t happen. If anyone is thinking about adopting Kilo but is nervous about taking care of a special needs dog, please know that yes, it is extra work, but it is so worth it! I wouldn’t trade Allie for any other dog. She was my first baby