If you wish to take your pets with you on a long journey, you will need an airline approved crate and it is most likely that you will need to crate-train your pet beforehand.
By: Dr. Eytan Kreiner, head veterinarian at Terminal4Pets
In order to fly with pets safely and legaly you will need an airline approved crate that fits your pets' measurements so that the pet can easily stand tall, turn around and stretch throughout the long flight. The crate training process can take days or even weeks that all depends on the pets' breed, age, temperament and that depends on your determination as well.
When crate training pets there are two key rules that should be taken into account: 1.The crate should be associated with a pleasant experience. 2. The crate training process should be preformed step by step in order to give your pet room to adjust to the new conditions.
The first step in crate training your pet is introducing the crate to your pet. We strongly advice you to crate train your pet indoors. Place the crate in a center area where the family members spend a lot of time. Open the crate and place a soft blanket or a towel inside the crate making sure that the crate is worm and comfortable.
Encourage your pet to come over and enter the crate without forcing or threatening him. Use a friendly tone and cheer him as he approaches the crate.
Make sure the crate door is opened securely so the pet won't get heart by any chance.
The next step will be encouraging your pet to enter the crate and for that you will probably need "to bribe" him by offering treats or toys (sometimes even a blanket which the pet is used to can get the job dune). If he refuses to enter the crate at once that's OK. Just place the treats next to the crate and after a few days place the treats at the crate entrance. The pet will eventually understand that entering the crate is worthwhile.
Once your pet enters the crate and starts spending time inside start providing him his water and meals. Once your pet stands comfortably in the crate while eating his meal, you can close the door. As time goes by, try leaving him inside the crate for longer periods of time. Start leaving him inside his crate when you leave (for work etc.). When you return home be extra kind to him so he'll understand that you are very happy with this kind of behavior. Remember - final goal is to live the pet in his crate for the whole night knowing that he is comfortable and relaxed. That way you'll be calm at the date of the flight knowing that you've dune your up-most to provide your pet with the best flight conditions possible.