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1. Posted by evochris (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys just had a quick question. I am doing research for someone that is wanting to travel to either Australia or new Zealand. She is a professional dog trainer here is the US and has two very well trained dogs that are registered service and therapy dogs. (As well as having there akc canine good citizens ) What all hoops dose she need to go trough to be able to bring her dogs with her on her trip. I belive she is wanting to do the 1 year work and travel visa. Thank you for the help.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6254 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Having never transported animals before, I have no idea on whether this is advisable.

But you will at the very least need to jump through the various paperwork hoops to make this happen. Here's a page about the procedure for Australia that should explain things.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1932 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"She is a professional dog trainer ...."

The worse that will happen is be turned down. The very worse is that the dog or dogs will die on the flight. Animals die on long flights. In baggage compartment they may die in great agony too! (There may be some sort of quarantine involved too.)

Is she the person who has some sort of "disability/problem" that requires a service animal? Or are these for other people in NZ or AU, some sort of commercial enterprise?

You could contact the Australian Embassy nearest your hometown.

Bringing both dogs? One of the worse flights I had from Asia to the US was getting bit by fleas from some mangy animal. One flight I was on I could hear a dog in baggage howling in pain or fear for hours, except for a final yelp.

Is this a service dog for you or are you selling it?

Assistance animals:

4. Posted by evochris (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you, that is part of her fear of bringing them on such a long flight she would much rather have them next to her then down in cargo. Both dogs are incredibly well trained and go every public place with her already. They are her personal service dogs for her disabilities. If anyone has flown with there dogs especially service animals I would be curious to hear from you. They have to go with her just trying to find the best way.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1932 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"Service dogs" is the new excuse for people with no disabilities or flimsy disability excuses to bring pets in stores or even fly with their pets. This diminishes people with real disabilities who actually need assistance. If she is genuine then she will probably find a way to bring a dog on board the plane. Why would she need two of them? She would probably need a doctor's certificate from her shrink too.

How far do we have to go to accommodate everyone who wants to bring "service" animals everywhere?

When pigs fly.....

Potty training.....

She is at some risk if one of these animals wanders around and some crazy guy stomps on his head thinking he is being attacked. There is one benefit of traveling with 2 animals; if one dies during the flight she has a spare!

How about the passenger in the seat next to her? Maybe he/she is allergic to dog hair or dander? Or deathly afraid of dogs. Who compensates that person?

I don't care how well trained an animal is, for a flight that is around 15 hours where does a dog go to take a dump? In the aisle like the pig above? Or pee on someone's bags?

The "grass isn't always better" on the other side of the world!"

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2015, at 12:42 by karazyal ]

6. Posted by evochris (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I am not talking about bring ESM I am talking legitimate service animal that is trained to detect when she is going to go hypoglycemic. The dog has saved her life before. Licking her face and laying by her side. She has medical note by both doctor and shink that the needs the dogs. The dogs are incredibly well trained (off leash commands at 100ft) and that training dose include a solid potty comand. Like i said she trains dogs for a living, wasn't here to prove her legitimacy of her animals I am asking for advice on how to best travel with them. Any clue of what airlines are best or what people's experience in quarantine. This will be one of the first international trips and trying to figure out the detail of flying with them. Thank you guys for any assistance you can offer

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1932 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Flyertalk Forum might be helpful for specific airlines. Include right in the first paragraph that this is a necessary service dog to detect a hypoglycemic situation and not just because of a hangnail or some other sort of phony excuse. A blind man with a seeing eye dog no one will complain about!

Do you or she really need 2 dogs in the cabin no matter how well behaved they are? Why not have the best one in the cabin and the other in the cage below? Two dogs = more fleas and more possibility of "problems" that might come up.

I inherited Delta from Northwest. I have lots of time with them so I stuck with Delta. But I have had a chance to fly Cathay a couple times and they were nicer and for a better arrival time for my flights to Asia and elsewhere.

I wish you good luck. (Also find out how they "relieve themselves" during a long flight!)

8. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

First of all, I can't imagine any airline allowing two dogs in the cabin to service one person. That's just nuts.

That said, getting one dog on board will almost certainly not be an issue. What you have to do is contact the airline and deal directly with them. Every airline has their own unique paperwork and bureaucratic hoops to jump through. Doctor's note, full health documentation for the dog, likely have to reserve a bulkhead seat, etc. The list of prerequisites can be quite long and involved.

Then Australian/New Zealand Customs is a whole separate issue...

Good luck.


9. Posted by ponpondeur (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Did she even say anything about the airline restrictions, CheersT?

If you actually don't know anything about their animal-importing laws in Aus/NZ, then just -snip-

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10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6254 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Ponpondeur, she asked what hoops she has to go through. So yes, that would include airline restrictions.

I've removed the name calling in your post - it's totally unnecessary and doesn't help the discussion at all. Please refer to our forum rules.