Choosing the Right Travel Kennel for Your Dog
How large should my dog kennel be?
Your dog’s kennel should allow him or her to sit, stand, lie down and turn around. If your dog is pug-nosed, go ahead and buy one size larger than normal. These breeds need the extra space for breathing, especially if traveling by air.
What kennel materials should I look for?
Kennels for travel should be constructed from a rigid, sturdy material like wood, plastic, or metal. If your dog is traveling in the cabin of an airplane or in a car, you may be able to use a soft-top kennel. These types of kennels, however, are not appropriate for shipping your dog in the cargo bay of an airplane.
What kennel features do I need?
Your dog’s kennel should have:
- No wheels, or removable wheels
- A handle or other way to move the crate without touching the dog
- A secure latch, but no lock
How to I prepare my dog’s kennel for travel?
Before you transport your dog, make sure to properly prepare the kennel for transport. This will keep your dog safe and help anyone that comes in contact with your dog during travel.
To prepare your dog’s kennel for transport:
- Label the kennel with “LIVE ANIMAL” tags, “THIS SIDE UP” arrows, and your contact information.
- Tape a picture of your dog along with their name to the side of the kennel.
- Add comfortable bedding to the bottom of the crate. Something that smells like home will make your dog more comfortable.
- Place a food and water dish with ice cubes (or a frozen water bottle) and regular dog food inside the crate. Make sure airline employees or your pet transporter can feed and water your dog without opening the kennel door.
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