Traveling should also be included in your list of Chihuahua training. Traveling with dog is not unusual nowadays. People just can’t seem to leave their beloved Chihuahuas behind. They can not imagine their Chihuahuas spending time alone in their crate with only toys to keep them entertained, while they themselves are enjoying the travel miles away.
However, traveling with your dog, especially when traveling by air, may not be as easy as it seems to be, there are a lot of things to consider. It is important that you are well prepared before taking that flight or before booking that flight. Before you book, contact the airline to check if they allow pets or if they have guidelines with regards to traveling with pet.
Dogs can travel in two types, either in cabin, also called carry-on or in the cargo hold. Dogs in kennels more than nine to ten inches in height should be placed in the cargo hold while those less than nine to ten inches are allowed in the cabin. Keeping your pet inside the kennel at all times for the duration of the flight is another requirement of airlines when traveling.
There are also weather restrictions when your pet is traveling with you. Example is when your plane will be hovering over a freezing point temperature, pets will not be permitted to travel especially if this temperature will cause discomfort to your pet. But if you will really insist on taking your pet with you despite the weather restriction, the airline will have you sign a waiver releasing them any responsibility. That is if you want to risk your pet’s health.
Remember also to check your travel destination. Some countries require quarantine for pets to keep their country free of diseases. So it helps if you’ll undergo a background check before flying. Airlines also require full physical examination and tests for various diseases before they will be allowed to fly. The certification of this physical examination should be dated within a certain amount of time before the date of the flight. Meaning the examination done years ago will not be accepted if you plan to take the flight in the next couple of days.
With all these preparations, don’t forget to think of your pet’s comfort. Toys, as well as food and water for longer flights are necessary to ensure that your dog is comfortable all through out the travel period. Once you are set, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy every moment of your travel with your adorable Chihuahua.