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Tips to Help Your Pet Travel with Less Stress

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Pet owners get very anxious and often face a myriad of challenges when it comes to shipping their beloved four-paw family members. When relocating to a new place, ensuring the safety and comfort of your pet during travel is crucial. For over 30 years, Transcontrol Group has been helping owners ship pets worldwide. We know that the most effective way to prepare your pet for a smooth, less stressful journey is through kennel training. Here are some important facts on the importance of kennel training and tips on how to help your animal adjust to its crate.

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Why should you kennel train?

Familiarity and Comfort

Kennel training helps your pet become comfortable with their travel crate or carrier, turning it into a familiar and safe haven. This familiarity reduces stress and anxiety during travel, as your pet will have a sense of security in their designated space.

Safety and Security

A well-trained pet that is comfortable in his/her crate or carrier is less likely to attempt to escape during travel. This ensures their safety and prevents any potential accidents or injuries that could occur if they were loose in a vehicle or airplane cabin.

What kennel should you use?

Most kennels sold in Brazil are not in compliance with current international Regulation (LAR – Live Animal Regulation of IATA). Buy only from your pet shipper or ask where to go before spending money. and comfort, as well as accurate and up-to-date information, are very important when it comes to boarding pets on trips.

5 Ways to Help Your Pet Adapt to its Kennel

1. Start Early

Begin the kennel training process well in advance of your pet travel date. That helps to minimize anxiety and allows for a gradual acclimatization process.

2. Gradual Introduction

Introduce the crate or carrier gradually, making it a positive and enticing space for your pet. Place treats, toys, or familiar bedding inside to encourage them to explore and enter voluntarily. Gradually increase the duration your pet spends inside, rewarding them with praise or treats for calm behavior.

3. Familiar Scents and Sounds

Introduce scents and sounds associated with travel to help your pet become accustomed to the sensory experience. For example, play recordings of airplane cabin noises or place an item with your scent inside the crate to provide comfort and familiarity.

4. Gradual Enclosures

Once your pet is comfortable spending time inside the crate or carrier, begin closing the door for short durations while you remain nearby. Gradually increase the time spent with the door closed, ensuring your pet remains calm and relaxed throughout the process.

5. Short Practice Trips

Take your pet on short trips in the crate or carrier to simulate the travel experience. Start with brief car rides and gradually increase the duration. This helps your pet associate the crate or carrier with positive experiences and prepares them for longer journeys.

Dog on a leash sitting at a table with a drink

Remember, each pet is unique, and the time required for kennel training may vary. Patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement are key to successful training. If you encounter any difficulties, consult with your pet shipper, a professional dog trainer or veterinarian who can provide additional guidance and support.

Since 1987, Transcontrol Group has been helping owners ship pets worldwide. We know that safety and comfort, as well as accurate and up-to-date information, are very important when it comes to boarding pets on trips. Our team unites experience and innovation, to ensure your pet arrives safely at their end destination.

Reach out to us at +55 (11) 5096-3726 (São Paulo) or +55 (21) 2438-4040 to find out more information about our services, or visit our website.


Banner photo by Karsten Winegaert on Unsplash. Photography provided by Peter Walvis. For more info, visit his website or Instagram account.

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