Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach ® shares tips for traveling with pets

Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach ® shares tips for traveling by car, plane with pets



HIT THE WEEKEND. AUDREY: THANK YOU, BRIAN. ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS OF PLANNING A VACATION IS FIGURING OUT WHERE YOUR PETS CAN GO. BUT, IF THEY’RE PROPERLY TRAINED, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BRING THEM WITH YOU ON YOUR FAMILY TRIP. I’D LIKE TO WELCOME MEGAN BLAKE NOW. SHE IS THE PET LIFESTYLE COACH. MEGAN, GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. MEGAN: GREAT TO HAVING ME BACK ON THE CW. AUDREY: SO NICE TO HAVE YOU LET’S TALK ABOUT CAR TRAVEL FOR DOGGIES HOW CAN WE ACCLIMATE THEM TO TRAVEL AND WHAT SHOULD OWNERS BRING TO KEEP THEM SAFE? MEGAN: FIRST OF ALL, I LOVE THE WAY YOU ASK THAT. MANY DOGS LOVE TO GO IN THE CAR BUT SOME ACTUALLY GET CAR SICK, GET REALLY, REALLY NERVOUS. BECAUSE THE ONLY PLACE WE TAKE THEM TO IS THE VET. RIGHT? SO MAKE SURE YOUR DOG LIKES TRAVEL NEGATIVE CAR. IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT JUST TAKES THE DOGGING THE VET TO THE CAR, TAKE THEM FOR SHORT LITTLE TRIPS AROUND THE BLOCK. GIVE THEM TREATS OR MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE HAPPY GOING IN THE CAR. AND THEN ALSO, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DOGS ARE SAFE. SO THINK ABOUT THIS. YOU KNOW HOW CHILDREN HAVE TO BE IN THE BACK SEAT IN THEIR SPECIAL SEATS? THAT’S BECAUSE THE AIRBAGS. THE AIRBAG DEPLOYS IF YOU’RE IN A FENDER BENDER AND THE DOGS ARE IN THE FRONT SEAT, IT COULD DO CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE YOUR DOG. I KNOW WE ALL LOVE RIDING WITH OUR DOGS IN THE FRONT SEAT. SOME PEOPLE PUT THEIR LITTLE DOGS IN THEIR LAPS BUT THAT’S A GOOD WAY TO REALLY CATAST CATASTROPHICALLY INJURE YOUR DOGS. WE DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. KEEP THEM IN THE BACK SEAT HARNESSED UP. YOU CAN BUY PET TRAVEL TETHERS, HARNESSES AND THEN YOU FASTEN IT TO THE BACK SEAT SO THE DOG. IF YOU ARE IN AN ACCIDENT OR YOU HAVE TO GET OUT, YOUR DOG IS SAFE AND TETHERED UP. THOSE ARE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TIPS. AUDREY: THOSE ARE GREAT. NOW, MEGAN, WHAT ABOUT KITTY CATS? AREN’T THEY KNOWN FOR HATING THE CAR? [LAUGHTER] MEGAN: YES, THEY ARE. CATS CAN VET VERY, VERY STRESSED. THEY CAN OFTEN HIDE IN THE TINIEST OF LITTLE PLACES THEY CAN GET UP UNDER YOUR FEET AND BEHIND THE DASHBOARDS WHICH COULD BE VERY, VERY DANGEROUS SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CAT IS TRAINED TO RIDE IN A CRATE. I HAD A CAT AND WE TRAVELED OVER 150,000 MILES TOGETHER. AND THE SECRET WAS A LITTLE TRAVEL CRATE WAS HIS SAFE CONDO. TRAIN YOUR KITTY CAT OR SMALL DOG ​​THAT THE CRATE IS A SAFE HAPPY PLACE. SO GIVE THEM TREATS. TRAIN THEM TO BE IN THERE. AND ONCE THEY ASSOCIATE THAT WITH POSITIVE THINGS, IT ACTUALLY IS PART OF THEIR NATURE TO VIEW THAT AS THEIR LITTLE CAVE, THEIR LITTLE SAFE DEN. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR CAT IS ALSO CONFINED IN A CRATE. AUDREY: OK, MEGAN. LET’S TALK ABOUT AIR TRAVEL NOW. WHAT KIND OF PETS CAN WE TAKE ALONG WITH US ON THE PLANE? MEGAN: WELL THIS HAS CHANGED INCREDIBLY. SO FIRST RECOMMENDATION IS THAT PEOPLE ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS CALL THE AIRLINE AND FIND OUT WHAT IS ALLOWED. BECAUSE THEY’RE USED TO BE ALLOWED THESE SERVICE DOGS WHO ARE STILL ALLOWED. CABIN PETS. THOSE ARE THE LITTLE PET NECESSARY CRATE THAT GO UNDER THE SEAT IN FRONT OF YOUR FEET AND THEN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS. NOW THAT WAS BIG FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE STARTED BRINGING THEIR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT MONKEY, THEIR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT GOAT AND IN THE AIRLINES REALLY CRACKED DOWN. NOW WITH ALL OF THE TRAFFIC JAMS THAT WE HAD ON AIRLINES, WE’VE ALL BEEN READ THE NEWS ABOUT HOW CROWDED EVERYTHING ILLS AND PEOPLE’S FLIGHTS ARE BEING CANCELED. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE 100% SURE WITH EACH AIRLINE WHOEVER YOU BOOK WITH, WHO THEY ALLOW ON AN EXACTLY WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NEEDED. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE USING AN EMOTIONAL ANIMAL SUPPORT AND THAT AIRLINE IS ALLOWING THEM RIGHT NOW, MAKE SURE THAT THE DOCUMENTATION COMES FROM THAT TYPE OF DOCTOR AND THE WORDING IS EXACTLY WHAT THE AIRLINE REQUIRES. THAT’S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO GET TO THE AIRPORT WITH YOUR ANIMAL AND THEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION. AND IF YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH A CABIN PET UNDER YOUR SEAT RIGHT THERE IN THE CABIN WITH YOU, WHEN YOU GET TO SECURITY, THAT PET HAS TO COME OUT OF THE CRATE WHILE THEY SCAN THE CRATE TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NOTHING DANGEROUS IN YOUR CRATE . SO IF YOU HAVE A SMALL DOG ​​OR CAT, HOLD THEM HOLDING OUT. THAT WAY YOU CAN GRAB THEM IN CASE THE SECURITY NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR HAND OR YOU NEED TO HAND SOMEONE SOMETHING. AND ONE MORE THING WITH THAT. BE SURE TO TAKE OFF YOUR BELT, YOUR SHOES, WHATEVER YOU GOT ON YOUR EXTRA JACKETS BEFORE YOU GET YOUR ANIMAL OUT OF THE CRATE OTHERWISE, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO HELP YOU. THEY’VE GOT TOO MANY PEOPLE GOING IN THE LINES TO HELP YOU. SO WE DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. AUDREY: NO, THAT WOULD BRING TOO MUCH CHAOS AT THE AIRPORT. MEGAN: THAT’S RIGHT. AUDREY: MEGAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE BEEN SO HELPFUL AND WONDERFUL TO HAVE HERE ON THE “LOCAL VIBE.” THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS THAT AT HOME, YOU CAN KNOW MORE ABOUT MEGA

Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach ® shares tips for traveling by car, plane with pets

Correction: The graphic at the end of the segment lists Megan’s title as The Pet Lifestyle Expert. It should be The Pet Lifestyle Coach ®.

Correction: The graphic at the end of the segment lists Megan’s title as The Pet Lifestyle Expert. It should be The Pet Lifestyle Coach ®.

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