Home > Travel Training > General Pet Travel Training

General Pet Travel Training

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 14 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Pet Travel Cat Dog Rabbit Kennel Cattery

From the first day your pet arrives in your home you have to start training him to get used to the big wide world.If the pet is to be transported for any reason he should be familiar with the car and being handled by strangers as soon as possible.

Short and Sweet

Most dogs enjoy a trip in the family car but sometimes it takes a little while for them to get used to the vehicle. Once their vaccinations are complete and they are allowed to go out into the big wide world ensure they are used to the speed and sound of vehicles. This is not just your own car but others as well. Think of when you travel on the motorway, cars and lorries overtaking your vehicle can be noisy and daunting. Buses also are large and frightening – humans appear from nowhere and this is very strange to any animal. Motorbikes too can frighten a human with the speed of their approach and the noise of the engines think of how a puppy feels when encountering one of these for the first time.

Walkies

When walking your puppy get him used to local traffic. Sit in bus shelters and let him observe approaching vehicles and strangers alighting from the vehicles. Walk through crowded high streets and market places. A few weeks road training will pay dividends when you become a frequent traveller with your pet.Although cats and smaller pets such as rabbits will not be road walked it is important for them to be used to being handled. Harnesses can now be purchased that enable pets to be walked in the garden and around the home. These items will prove invaluable when transporting your pets to the vet or cattery and kennels.

Kennels or Travel?

Decide early on in your pet’s life whether he will be accompanying your family when you travel. If you decide that it is not a good idea to have you pet with you investigate kennel, cattery and pet hotels in the area. Ask neighbours and colleagues if they have a favourite place they use for their pets. More importantly ensure that establishments with a bad reputation are avoided. Any decent kennel or cattery will allow you to make a visit and check their facilities before you book in your family pet.

Vet

When visiting your veterinary clinic for those first important vaccinations and health checks inform them that you intend to travel with your pet. If your travel plans incorporate overseas trips ask about the clinics course of treatments to comply with the Pet Passport Scheme. Any decent vet will be able to make the application and follow up vaccines straightforward.

Rules on Travelling

It is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that decide on the rules on overseas travel for our pets. These rules are changing and being improved at all times and it is in your interest to stay abreast of them. Check the DEFRA website when planning your trips so that you are not delayed at the airport or dock because your pet’s information is not up to date.

A Happy Pet

It may be that your pet is not happy travelling and is content to stay at home or in the kennel, cattery or pet hotel. At all times your pet’s comfort should be observed when making travel arrangements.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Mags
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    WATCH OUT! Just came across advert form Colin Frederic . Nearly fell for it . Same story as other people received - thanks for writing back and…
    26 September 2020
  • Colin frederick and
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Just nearly got scammed by these two! So glad I looked on google and this page came up. They were advertising miniature schnazeur 15 weeks…
    24 September 2020
  • Lolls
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    “Colin Frederick” is at it again this time advertising on Pets4Homes - Miniature Schnauzer £600. The ad used a bogus name of “Alison” selling…
    24 September 2020
  • gingercat
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    colin Frederick and josefina Franklin advertised a puppy in Kent suddenly in Dublin was his sisters but she has become ill and unable to look…
    11 September 2020
  • Squincy
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I am SOOOO GLAD i googled SIMON ALEXANDER DOWLING AND MICHELLE MARIA DOWLING. Thank you guys for the warning!
    9 September 2020
  • Mouse
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Watch for a Colin Frederick in London selling a bogus toy poodle suddenly the animal is in Dublin!
    8 September 2020
  • Santalou
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Simon Alexander & Michelle Maria Dowling attempted to scam me with red setter puppies, Twohig Frederick also tried with an older sprinter…
    29 August 2020
  • Omg
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I was just emailing these two today to sort out getting a puppy. However I wasn't happy at first I got loads of info and very polite then all of…
    25 August 2020
  • Joylove
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Also scanned by these people. They are scum.
    9 August 2020
  • OTTO
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    BEWARE ISLE OF MAN SELLERS OF AFGHAN HOUNDS THEY CALL THEMSELVES SIMON ALEXANDER DOWLING AND MICHELLE MARIA DOWLING...when I asked for a photo…
    29 July 2020