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  1. #1

    Traveling with pets

    I will be traveling with my wife and K9 for the first time. Any
    suggestions for flying with and minimizing any trauma to the dog. I
    plan on flying at 11,000 for 1 leg of the trip and I will limit time
    in the aircraft to less than 3 hours on each leg.

    Larry S. N5974S






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    Traveling with pets

    First and foremost, I'd do a short trip to get your dog adjusted. The
    time to find out your dog doesn't like it is when you're committed to
    the trip.

    I'd take my dogs flying VFR where I had solid control over rate of
    decent through the whole arrival process. IFR could present some
    problems if you're doing non-precision approaches and "Dive and Drive"
    for them. Keeping rate of decent under control is important.

    When you're ready for your decent, have your passenger put a small
    amount of peanut butter on a bone and give it to your dog...assuming
    your dog isn't afflicted by some weird peanut allergy or something. The
    intent is keep your dog licking at it through the entire decent. That
    will help him keep the Eustachian tube clear. Just a bone may not work
    because your dog may be more interested in the stimulus of flying.

    My dogs ate like Scooby Doo, so a whole jar of peanut butter and a bag
    of bones would have to be part of the pre-flight.


    After that, it's going to be all about sound. There is a company in
    Winchester VA that makes "Mutt Muffs." They are at
    http://www.safeandsoundpets.com/index.html.


    Please let me know how it turns out. I'm interested!


    regards,


    RJF




    On Fri, 2006-08-18 at 19:02 +0000, hamlej1 wrote:
    > I will be traveling with my wife and K9 for the first time. Any
    > suggestions for flying with and minimizing any trauma to the dog. I
    > plan on flying at 11,000 for 1 leg of the trip and I will limit time
    > in the aircraft to less than 3 hours on each leg.
    >
    > Larry S. N5974S
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >



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    Traveling with pets

    Flew my parents and their pint sized poodle to Vancouver, WA, from Stockton, CA. Poor dog shook like a leaf, and didn't like the cotton balls stuffed in the ears. Thanks for the info about mutt muffs. On the return trip he finally settled down and was snoozing through the turbulence, nested on the baggage. That was my first trip in my supermouse, loved it, 3 people, 40 gallons, and 200 lbs left over for baggage, take that Skyhawk!

    Joe
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  4. #4

    Traveling with pets

    Just a word of caution. Pets that become agitated when flying can be a
    definite distraction. It is best to keep your pet in a cage or tethered
    to a seatbelt in the back seat. One of the speculations about the recent
    Sierra crash in Norfolk, VA involving a pilot, his wife and two dogs is
    that when the door opened the resultant noise upset the dogs, which
    distracted the pilot. All onboard perished so we'll never know the whole
    story.



    David Snodgrass
    BAC East Central Regional Director
    Beech Be23 N6083N
    Roanoke, IN



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    First and foremost, I'd do a short trip to get your dog adjusted. The
    time to find out your dog doesn't like it is when you're committed to
    the trip.

    I'd take my dogs flying VFR where I had solid control over rate of
    decent through the whole arrival process. IFR could present some
    problems if you're doing non-precision approaches and "Dive and Drive"
    for them. Keeping rate of decent under control is important.

    When you're ready for your decent, have your passenger put a small
    amount of peanut butter on a bone and give it to your dog...assuming
    your dog isn't afflicted by some weird peanut allergy or something. The
    intent is keep your dog licking at it through the entire decent. That
    will help him keep the Eustachian tube clear. Just a bone may not work
    because your dog may be more interested in the stimulus of flying.

    My dogs ate like Scooby Doo, so a whole jar of peanut butter and a bag
    of bones would have to be part of the pre-flight.

    After that, it's going to be all about sound. There is a company in
    Winchester VA that makes "Mutt Muffs." They are at
    http://www.safeandsoundpets.com/index.html.
    <http://www.safeandsoundpets.com/index.html.>

    Please let me know how it turns out. I'm interested!

    regards,

    RJF

    On Fri, 2006-08-18 at 19:02 +0000, hamlej1 wrote:
    > I will be traveling with my wife and K9 for the first time. Any
    > suggestions for flying with and minimizing any trauma to the dog. I
    > plan on flying at 11,000 for 1 leg of the trip and I will limit time
    > in the aircraft to less than 3 hours on each leg.
    >
    > Larry S. N5974S
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >





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  5. #5

    Traveling with pets

    Thanks for all the advice, I purchased the Mutt Muffs along with a
    harness that attachés to the seatbelt. I decided on a trial flight
    just to make sure that my little buddy could cope with the new
    environment. He loves to travel in the car, but does not do well with
    any type of change. To my amazement, he enjoyed every minute of the
    hour that I had him in the air. He sat up in the seat during the
    takeoff roll and did not sit back down until I was back on the ground
    taxing to the hangar, his nose was glued to the window. Now, I think I
    was more stressed about this than he was. We will be flying from
    Phoenix to Houston, leaving on the fourth of September to visit family
    than make a couple of sight seeing stops on the way home. I will post
    the results of the family outing when I return.

    Larry Stetz
    N8974S






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    Traveling with pets

    I would probably only let him try a couple visual
    approaches no actual instruments until he gets used to
    barking back atc clearances.

    --- hamlej1 <hamlej@cox.net> wrote:

    > Thanks for all the advice, I purchased the Mutt
    > Muffs along with a
    > harness that attachés to the seatbelt. I decided on
    > a trial flight
    > just to make sure that my little buddy could cope
    > with the new
    > environment. He loves to travel in the car, but does
    > not do well with
    > any type of change. To my amazement, he enjoyed
    > every minute of the
    > hour that I had him in the air. He sat up in the
    > seat during the
    > takeoff roll and did not sit back down until I was
    > back on the ground
    > taxing to the hangar, his nose was glued to the
    > window. Now, I think I
    > was more stressed about this than he was. We will be
    > flying from
    > Phoenix to Houston, leaving on the fourth of
    > September to visit family
    > than make a couple of sight seeing stops on the way
    > home. I will post
    > the results of the family outing when I return.
    >
    > Larry Stetz
    > N8974S
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >


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