How to ship Big dogs?

Almost all dog owners take care of their dogs as they look after their own children. According to a recent Harris Poll report, more than 90% of dog owners love to be accompanied by their pets even for very short periods of outing too. Traveling with as well as transporting big dogs is really a nerve-wracking affair. Transferring small puppies is comparatively easier than shipping big canines.

Being a proud owner of a big doggo, any dog owner’s prior concern is to ensure a smooth and safe journey while shipping it to another place.

Therefore, advanced planning and proper precautions are mandated for transporting big dogs. Moreover, every dog owner wants the fastest convenient shipping method to transport big dogs as they feel very uncomfortable to be confined for long periods.

So, in this article, we will focus on certain tips to ship big canine fellows to different places. 

Let’s take a look,

  • Get an IATA affiliated travel crate for your big fondle. As large dogs need more space, it is better to take an exact measurement for your dog before buying a travel crate for it. Make sure that the carrier is spacious enough and its roof won’t touch the dog’s head when it stands up inside the crate. Moreover, the crate should meet the customs’ regulations, otherwise, in case of air shipment, your dog may not be allowed to carry onto the plane.
  • It is inevitable to meet your vet before making the final shipping settlement. Your dog should be checked up by a licensed vet and also necessary vaccinations must be provided to the dog. Ask the vet if there any necessity of giving preventive medicine or any kind of immunization to your dog. Additionally, inquire about how to deal with the dog’s motion sickness or stress diarrhea during transportation.
  • Gather adequate knowledge about breed restrictions for different places. Whether it can be regional shipment or it might be cross country relocation, different locations have distinctive import requirements for specific breeds of canines. Such as Pit bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, or their hybrids are not allowed to travel to a few countries. So, better to research before starting the transportation process, otherwise, your pet may have to face quarantines or travel barring.
  • Choose a pet-friendly accommodation if heading to a recreation trip with your doggo, as there are too many hotels or resorts that won’t allow pets inside the living place of the hotel. Therefore, carry an extensive pet place that can help you if you don’t want your pet to be in isolation.
  • Make sure that you have arranged all the essential pet transport-related road permits and endorsements as well before making the big move. Also, the entire medical certificates and vaccination records must be signed by an accredited veterinarian. This process should not be older than 10 days from the scheduled travel date. Moreover, you must know about the certain region or country’s amenities related to pet allowance to specific public places.
  • Attach a proper travel tag with your dog’s collar as you need to take it out from the crate for customs clearance if you are traveling by plane with your pet. Dogs can get restless because of crowds and rush in the airport, so use a leash to restrain them. The travel tag must contain your name, address, contact number along with emergency contact information. Similarly, the pet crate should be labeled properly with the owner’s address and contact information.
  • If you are planning to transport your big fondle by driving yourself and also don’t want to cage it, it would be good to keep the dog in the backseat of your car. Use an extended harness and tie it down with the car’s seat belt. Keep the car windows closed on the backside of your vehicle, as the pet might become freaky to jump outside of the running car. Moreover, you can use the trunk part of your car to keep the dog and secure the portion with a pet barrier, so that the dog won’t be able to come to the passenger or driver’s seat and create a distraction for the driver.
  • If you are traveling by plane, book the tickets in advance and reservation should be done before 15 days from the journey date. However, the airline can cancel your pet’s ride because of bad weather, improper carriage, unhealthy pet or pet’s aggressive behavior, etc. So, try to make the match according to travel regulations. Additionally, when you transport your big buddy as a cargo hold, never forget to label its a carrier as “Live Animal” and navigate the exit and upper portion of the crate with arrow signs.