RED CARPET TRAVEL!
Here are some photos that show the process of shipping your pup!
PUP SAFETY & QUARTERS DURING TRAVEL
In recent years, specialized pet travel has become more customary and safety has become a key factor in dog travel. I have been breeding dogs for 54 years and believe me, these changes are well received!
First of all, your puppy is shipped in a sturdy crate according to airline specifications. This involves a new crate which is clean and secure. We are not allowed to put certain things in the crate, again, for safety reasons. So your pup has padding with a blanket and bowls for food and water and a special mesh screen covering the door creating a den like experience for the puppy.
The crate is marked clearly with your information on it with a tag attached to the handle. A Royal Frenchel bag with dog food to make your way easier the first few days and help the pup transition well will be attached to the crate. It will also include a special file on your dog with your contract, pictures of mom and dad, birthdate, all necessary info regarding your purchase. Vaccination records will be in the file as well.
We only use what is known as Pet Safe Programs for our dogs travel itineraries. This means your dog is in a temperature controlled and pressurized cabin just like we would be. There is air conditioning and heating as necessary. Also, your pup is boarded last and removed at the destination first and is kept at the Pet Safe Program desk with specialized personnel for explicit dog and animal care. This is a really important part of travel for your dog securing it’s comfort and good health.
Also, once at the airport and ready to board, the airline secures the crate so that it is virtually impossible to open unless the airline personnel needs to during a lay over or complications in the flight that might arise. These are rare instances, however, Pet Safe programs give the dogs very good care with an attendant who is present and a special cabin where the dogs make their flight. So, all is secure and well even if your dog has a special need of drinking water or eating during an extended period of time.
We are very attentive to the dog during this process of transferring at the airport. We are fortunate that our long history with the airlines allows us to know people that more often then not, allow us to stay with your dog up until the very last minute before departure. This helps reduce stress and get the dog used to airline noises before we leave him or her for their journey.
Itinerary and Arrangements for your dogs travel are handled with care. You are invoiced separately for this preparation as we reserve the flight to ensure Pet Safe programs, veterinary clearance for health, kennel staff courier for airport departure and crate to airline standards.
WHAT DETERMINES PUPPY READINESS FOR FLIGHT
What’s most important is the health and maturity of the pup. Of course in the purchase process we discuss this fully regarding the puppy you are interested in. But for the sake of understanding the process of saying a pup is ready, these are some of the things we consider: has the pup moved out of it’s original pack to play showing confidence with older dogs and people, does the pup return to mom swiftly given rough pack play or loud noises etc., does the eat well after situations like that. Quite frankly, there is a look in the pups eyes that reveals a certain awareness and excitement of the world around it beyond it’s original pack. I guess after being a breeder for so long, all of these factors gather together allowing me to either feel confident or not in shipping your puppy.
That said, Royal Frenchels are the easiest dogs in the world to travel and transition to new homes because they are so companion oriented and they love other people and other animals so well, the fear of the journey seems to be coupled with excitement and a tad of joy at being in the limelight with their new family.
Generally speaking, pups can make a journey by air anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks whenever this maturity strikes! I’m happy to discuss it with you as you choose your pup.
SPECIAL PREPARATION BEFORE FLIGHT
I’m going to be frank here, even at the risk of sounding fruity. The bottom line is, dogs and people operate hugely by intuited communication. So one of the things I do in preparing a dog to go to it’s new home is I sit with the dog and I visit it with a deep sense of connection and share with it that it is going to a new home, sharing images, names, numbers of people in the family and any other info I may have.
Now you may think this doesn’t do much in preparing a dog for a flight, again, after 54 years of breeding, I can tell you, it does! The truth is if we give any living thing a space and attention to anticipate a transition, they pick up the details that are important to them, just like any of us.
Ok now for some logistics that ensure a good blood sugar level and hydration level. A day prior to travel and up to 6 to 8 hours before leaving, your puppy is given special food and fluids with a blend of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. This is really important as the dog is relaxed and in it’s first home, so it eats and enjoys the special soup and liquid it gets, filling up to a nice round belly. This ensures the dog has a really good nutritional foundation for it’s trip. However it will be important to get your dog fluids when it arrives.
These 2 aspects of readiness for travel are equally important.