Kennel Training for Flying into the Friendly Skies!
We are getting ready for Chobani’s first plane ride! When we adopted Chobani he was about 6 months of age and had severe separation anxiety. He was attached to Wayne’s left ankle. I was chopped liver and Wayne was his world. We learned quickly that this little boy was not kennel trained. We opted not to train him due to wanting to focus on his separation anxiety. 6 months later, he was able to be left home alone. Since he was house trained and did not destroy anything in our absence, we have not needed to kennel train him. That is, until now.
We have since purchased a soft travel kennel approved by the airlines to fit under the seat in front of me. It is big enough that he can get up and turn around. Now the challenge is to teach Chobani to be happy in there for about 4 hours. We started by feeding him in the kennel, putting all his toys in there and getting him comfortable without locking him in. Now we can lock him in the kennel and have started carrying him around inside stores and having him travel in the car inside the kennel. We are now working up to the four hours he will need to be in his kennel.
Looking back, it may have been beneficial to have trained him to be kenneled earlier; but, as many of you know, separation anxiety takes a tremendous amount of time and energy. If you have a small dog who has separation anxiety/distress, crate training your pup so you can carry your dog around in the small, soft kennel with you may be helpful. Having Chobani with us has not been a problem in any stores thus far. This could be a great option for those of you working on separation anxiety/distress and are not able to leave your small dog home as of now.
We are excited about our trip and that we don’t have to leave Chobani home. We will of course miss Sammy and Nallah (our cat), but they will be well cared for.