Helping Your Dog Settle Into Their New Home

Resident Vet Dr. Angus provides his top tips to help your dog adjust to your new home

This is a good news story.  The moment your dog sees you, or another family member, on arrival from their ride on the big jet plane then suddenly all will become clear as why they just did what they did. And, dogs being dogs, they’ll be so overcome with the joy of seeing you (as they always are), they’ll forget almost completely about what just happened.

Don’t get us wrong, flying isn’t generally a scary experience for dogs – I can say with confidence that after quite a few years of seeing dogs off on flights that dogs who have travelled by air before are always quite happy to do it again. Somewhere in their canine brains, among the info about where they buried all those bones and the TV remote, what time the postie comes past and how many cats to this day are still stuck up that tree, there’s a memory about going in this weird car-like thing where they couldn’t stick their head out of the window but at the end of the ride, that’s right, they were reunited with YOU!!

So all that explaining you did before the journey (where actually all they heard was “blah blah blah blah car, blah blah blah blah walk, blah blah blah blah no we are not leaving the cat behind”) now all makes sense.

Unless you happen to own a Border Collie…, they’re different and will have understood every word you said, in fact just give them this electronic device now and they’ll read this themselves.  And you know that middle-of-the-row seat you landed?  In between the yoghurt covered toddler and that bloke who just won’t stop talking about the Collingwood Football Club?  Well, your Border Collie has dipped into those frequent flyer points you were saving up to buy that smoothie juicer (mmmm, kale…) and upgraded you!  After all, they’re going business class (with the lie-flat bed and friendly good-looking Jetpets pet handlers pouring the iced waters and telling you what a good boy/girl you are) so why shouldn’t you travel business class too?  What, you didn’t know that Qantas sent their premium cabin staff to us for training?

So, to cut a long story short your dog will still think you’re no less super-awesome than you were before the big trip.  And, really, settling in is pretty much a done deal.

What you should do though is take care of few canine personal health and safety issues

1. Make sure your new home is escape-proof

If they’re one of the minority who might leave your side for more than a few seconds then it’s essential to make sure that your new home is escape-proof – so is the lock on the back gate functional, are there any holes/gaps in the fence?  If they don’t necessarily get on with other dogs then make sure any neighbours’ dogs can’t make contact with them either by getting some or all of themselves through fences.

 

2. Keep your dog on a lead

This may be obvious, but even though you and your dog might be totally free spirits, please keep them on a lead – at least for the short walk between the front door of the Jetpets Transit Lounge and your VW Kombi.  Nothing gives us the heebie-jeebies more than a loose dog in the car park with cars whizzing past.  We want you and your dog to get away safely on your surf trip, those seagulls won’t chase themselves.

 

3. Visit your local vet

Once you’ve finished unpacking all those sparkly tops, black winter coats (if you’ve moved to Melbourne), beach gear (if you haven’t moved to Melbourne) and the hairdryer (and also once you’ve unpacked your own things – but that’ll only take a couple of minutes right?) it’s a good idea to drop in at your friendly local vet.  Apart from being the smartest people on the planet, vets are also good for some more mundane practical things; they can update your dog’s microchip registration details so that if by some dark misfortune your pooch is facing ‘doing time’ down at the pound, your current address and phone number can be looked up and you can be down there in a jiffy to bail them out.  We know it’ll be an awkward conversation in the car on the way home but it’s still best the possible outcome at that point in time.

Also ask your professional superhero (the vet) about any prophylactic treatments (such as Heartworm prevention) and vaccinations that they recommend for dogs living your area.  Either there might be treatments or vaccinations that weren’t necessary where you used to live or they weren’t available.

Above all we wish you and your best friend the safest and happiest of travels.  And if they do the full body wag, or that silly run they do when they’re really happy, then that’s a bonus!

 

Dave “Hughesy” Hughes’ Rescue Dog Bubbles

Recently, we were lucky enough to take care of Dave “Hughesy” Hughes’ Rescue Dog Bubbles, as she travelled to Sydney to record a segment for Channel Ten TV Show, “Hughesy we Have a Problem.”

Bubbles is a fantastic traveller who loves spending time in her Jetpets Pet Travel Crate, but she also enjoyed the many cuddles she received from our Pet Handler Marni.

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Our Pet Handler Robyn chaperoned Bubbles on set of the show, and we were thrilled to see Bubbles rocking a Jetpets bandana throughout the segment.

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For such a sweet girl, we have no idea what Bubbles problem is! I guess we will all have tune in to Channel Ten on Sunday night at 9pm to find out.

https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/hughesy-we-have-a-problem

 

Satu the Well Travelled Tiger

Here at Jetpets most of our feline happy travellers are much loved family cats. However recently we were lucky enough to take care of the world’s largest member of the cat species – a Tiger!

Meet Satu, a 13 year old Sumatran Tiger.

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Jetpets transported Satu from Queensland, to Ballarat Wildlife Park on a Qantas Freighter Aircraft. Satu travelled overnight and arrived at his new home in the early hours of the morning.

Satu is a very confident, strong and bold 13 year old Sumatran Tiger that has moved several times in his life. He was born in Germany, and travelled to Australia to be a part of the Australiasian Breeding Program.

“Satu just takes it in his stride. His journey from Queensland to Ballarat Wildlife Park was organised with Jetpets. We can not thank Jetpets enough for achieving everything we asked for to make Satu’s journey safe. The staff were amazing and supportive to our every need,”said Ballarat Wildlife Park chief tiger keeper Robbie Doyle.

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Whilst living in Queensland for four years Satu fathered one litter with a female Sumatran Tiger named Maneki.

Satu and Maneki were then recommended to move to Ballarat Wildlife Park to live and be part of Greg Parker’s new dream, the new Conservation Precinct Area. These two beautiful and majestic Sumatran Tigers are now great ambassadors for their wild cousins and now help the staff at the Ballarat Wildlife Park educate thousands of guests about the plight of the Tigers.  They are also great motivators to help raise much needed funds to save their wild cousins, with only 300-500 hundred wild Sumatran Tigers known to still live in their natural habitat.

Since arriving at Ballarat Wildlife Park, Satu has settled in with ease, cruising around all the enclosures marking his territory, chuffing at the female tiger Maneki and getting to know his new keepers.

His appetite for food is great, he has gained 1 kilogram in weight since arriving over one week ago at the wildlife park and his keepers are spending a lot of down time chilling around Satu as well as bonding via training.

Adopting Digger – A PetRescue Success Story

Through our partnership with PetRescue we often promote pets who are up for adoption on our social media channels, which is exactly what we did with Digger (because who could resist those gorgeous puppy dog eyes).

It wasn’t long at all before Digger was adopted, and we were very excited and proud to hear that he was going to be much loved by one of our very own Pet Travel Consultants, Kelsey.

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Digger came from a Herd 2 Homes Foster carer in Queensland. Digger travelled with Jetpets from Brisbane to Melbourne where he met Kelsey for the first time at our Jetpets Transit Lounge.

Kelsey said “we weren’t actively looking for a dog but when we saw Digger appear on Jetpets Facebook page, my partner Alex spotted him and asked me to apply to adopt him.”

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I think it is fair to say it was love at first sight when Kelsey met Digger at our Jetpets Transit Lounge, and he absolutely loved all the cuddles and attention he received at Jetpets HQ in the afternoon.

Digger has now been with Kelsey for a week, and he has settled in very quickly. He is a calm, friendly pup who has not had any issues meeting other fur friends and people.

“Digger is a nervous/timid boy, but we are working on reducing the nerves and building confidence through socialisations and different stages of training, mainly for car rides and new/ public environments,” said Kelsey.

“He is already getting the hang of “sit” & “down” commands. We are working on “off” commands since he loves to jump up to tables and bench tops (especially if food is there). Typical puppy traits, but he is not so crazy compared to most puppies, since he is nearly 5 months too.”

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Digger is already so spoilt, and his favourite part of the day is cuddles with his humans in bed each morning. He is also getting along very well with the Golden Retrievers, Jaydee & Sunny.

We love hearing stories like this, and through the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards we encourage you to share your happy ‘tail’ with the nation and show Australia how pet adoption changes lives for the better!

To find out more about Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards, please visit https://rescueawards.com.au/submit-an-entry/advocate-peoples-rescue-story/

Why we love our dogs so much

We were feeling the love here at Jetpets HQ this month as we celebrated Valentines Day, not just with our human partners and children, but with our furry friends as well.

We know we love our dogs because they are adorable, they greet us with excitement, they give wonderful cuddles and they are extremely loyal. But we wanted to find out if there was a scientific reason behind why we love our dogs SO MUCH… we did a bit of further investigation and found out why.

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There really is no other love like the way we love our dogs. It truly is unwavering and as we found out, it is mutual, our dogs love us just as much in return.

Researchers found that the same hormone, oxytocin, spikes in both human and canine brains when a dog is gazing at its owner.

Oxytocin is known to play a strong role in triggering feelings of unconditional love and protection when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace.

So the findings suggest that we love our pets in the same way as we love family members, and our dogs return their devoted affection.

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Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Duke University in the US believe that oxytocin has been strengthening the bond between a man and his best friend for millennia, suggesting it evolved during the domestication period of dogs which began around 34,000 years ago. This research was published in the journal Science.

So it is no wonder our feelings for our pets are so strong!

Here at Jetpets, we understand that pets are part of the family unit, and one of the best parts of our job is reuniting families with their pets at their destination. No doubt it is at this part of the travel journey that the oxytocin levels are at an all time high for both owners and their dogs, and we can tell because the smiles and tail wagging say it all!

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Proud to Support RSPCA Victoria

RSPCA Victoria has had an enormous influx of cats and kittens throughout kitten season and has over 1,500 cats in care at the moment.

This large number of cats and kittens needing care meant RSPCA Victoria was at capacity, increasing the pressure on staff and resources.

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We were contacted by RSPCA Victoria to help with transporting dozens of these kittens to Canberra where there were better opportunities to find them loving forever homes through RSPCA ACT.

RSPCA Victoria’s Head of Operations, Tegan McPherson said, “This is a really valuable opportunity to work with our interstate colleagues and with Jetpets, and the collaboration has had a positive impact on the welfare of these kittens by fast-tracking their journey into new forever homes.”

We took care of the first litter of kittens last week. The kittens had an early morning check in at our Melbourne Transit Lounge, where our Pet Handlers were in awe of them, as they are far too cute. They then travelled on a direct flight from Melbourne to Canberra. This will become a regular occurrence over the next few months as we endeavour to help as many kittens as possible.

We are really proud of our new partnership and the exciting impact we can have on multiple rescue pets’ lives.

Visit https://rspcavic.org/

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Tenzing’s Big Adventure

“Gentle, playful and friendly”. That is how Hamilton Zoo Keeper Delwyn Crombie described young red panda Tenzing – and that is certainly the experience we had when we took care of him during his transfer to Tasmania Zoo.

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Born at Hamilton Zoo, Tenzing is three years old. From six weeks he was supplement fed, due to difficulty competing for his mothers milk with his much bigger twin sister Jamuna. Although he remained with his mum, Tenzing became a very friendly animal through regular contact with his keepers and became an ambassador for the red panda species.

Tenzing’s latest adventure saw him transfer to Tasmania Zoo as part of the breeding program to continue the conservation efforts for the species. On transfer day, Tenzing was well prepared and hopped into his travel crate remaining calm and relaxed. He travelled from Auckland to Melbourne where he enjoyed refreshments from a Jetpets Pet Handler during his stop over before continuing to Tasmania.

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As you can see in the photo, there is no doubt Tenzing’s imagination would have been running wild as he enjoyed watching the world around him on the journey.

He has now settled into his new home. “Tenzing is doing well,” said Keeper Rochelle Penny. “I’d happily say he had a great trip over. He arrived into Launceston very calm and relaxed, after arriving he came straight out and began eating. I’d say he had worked up an appetite.”

Tasmania Zoo is a privately owned, local family-zoo situated 18kms from Launceston. They are dedicated to continuous contribution to wildlife conservation and to the education of the community at large.

Tasmania Zoo exhibits the largest collection of rare, exotic and native species in Tasmania, and with their newest addition Tenzing, is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. You can find out more by visiting their website here.

 

Behind the Scenes

Here at Jetpets one of the most frequently asked questions by fur parents is ‘what happens once I drop my pet off to you?’

Our Jetpets transit lounges are located within close proximity to major airports around Australia. Once a pet has been dropped off to our transit lounge, you know they are in the care of our pet handlers, who are all animal lovers and will ensure that your pet is taken care of every step of the way. All pets spend time in designated pet areas (outside of their travel crate), and will be taken for a walk to stretch their legs and are always kept completely hydrated.

Our resident vets are located at our transit lounges to complete all necessary vet work for our international travellers, and to keep an eye on all pets who are travelling within Australia.

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When it comes time for your pet to be checked in for their flight, our pet handlers will place your pet into their travel crate and transport them to the airport. All pets are checked into the freight department of the airline they are travelling on. Our pet handlers have great relationships with the airline staff to ensure this process is as smooth and simple as possible.

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Your pet will be checked in for their flight, weighed in their travel crate, and will wait in a climate controlled area before they are taken to be loaded onto their flight.

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Pets are last to be loaded onto the flight. The pet cabin is air pressured, climate controlled and dimly lit, just like the main cabin. Your pet will experience the same sounds and feelings as us, except they have a lot more leg room! Their travel crate is securely fastened to avoid movement.

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Upon arrival at their destination, pets are first to be offloaded from the aircraft and will be taken to the freight department at the airport. Here a Jetpets pet handler will greet them, stretch their legs and ensure they are hydrated before the most exciting part, their onward journey to their new home and to be reunited with their family.

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The Most Popular Pet Names From The Last Year

Are you welcoming a new puppy or kitten into the family in 2019? Feeling a little stuck for inspiration of what to call your new furry best friend? Pet Insurance Australia have released the most popular cat and dog names from the past year, to get your creative juices flowing.

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Here they are:

Top female dog names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Ruby
  4. Molly
  5. Coco
  6. Daisy
  7. Lucy
  8. Rosie
  9. Lola
  10. Poppy

Top male dog names

  1. Charlie
  2. Max
  3. Archie
  4. Buddy
  5. Ollie
  6. Milo
  7. Oscar
  8. Bailey
  9. Alfie
  10. Cooper

Top female cat names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Coco
  4. Molly
  5. Lilly
  6. Cleo
  7. Mia
  8. Willow
  9. Lucy
  10. Lola

Top male cat names

  1. Charlie
  2. Simba
  3. Oscar
  4. Max
  5. Milo
  6. Leo
  7. Jasper
  8. George
  9. Archie
  10. Tigger

New names

  • Kiki
  • Narla
  • Arschar
  • Arya
  • Babushka
  • Moxi
  • Cheeky
  • Porkchop

What will you call your new furbaby? Share with us on Facebook.