On Saturday Basil and I are flying to Montreal. He didn't even react to the children's gravol the vet told me to try with him so he was prescribed a sedative which worked well when I tried it last weekend.
I'm really nervous to fly with him. He doesn't really like his soft sided kennel that he'll be flying in. I've fed him in there, put all his favourite toys in there and high value treats. I also leave it open in my room where we spend most of our time when we're inside. Sometimes he'll go in there and lay down or look for food but as soon as I zipper it closed he will start digging and pushing up on the top of it. He doesn't whine though, just acts like he's trying to escape. I've put him in it for a few minutes at a time at home and wait until he calms down which he does within a few minutes. We've also gone for a few car rides with him in it. The longest was to my sister's which is about 30 minutes away. I'm a little worried though because during two car rides he threw up a little flem in the carrier but hasn't thrown up ever in any other carrier or outside the carrier. Is this from stress? How come he's done this in this carrier and not others? I've also tried putting a puppy pad in the bottom so that he's used to that when he has to fly but all he does is dig and bunch it up in one corner… any advice as to how I can keep him from doing this? The carrier is water proof (I had to hose it out after he threw up and the water didn't even wet the bottom side of the carrier).
I'm also really worried about security at the airport. I think I heard somewhere that you have to take the dog out when you're going through security. Is this true? I'm worried because he gets really excited if he sees people and will try to jump out of my arms or will sometimes bite me if he can't get to them... hopefully the sedative will take care of that though. Does anyone know exactly what they do with someone who has a dog at security? will they ever take him from me to inspect him? I'm worried he'll get scared or something. I'm sure everything will work out fine, I just like to be prepared. I know we'll have lots of fun there... I've already planned lots of trips to different parks and recreation areas. There's also a lot of doggie cafes there too :)