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Dog Migration - Checkups on stop over & destination

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*Copying this question over from another thread on advice of a moderator*

Hi all,

We are offshore and recently received PR and were in the process getting the paperwork organised for bringing our 7.5 yr German Shepherd. 

There is one thing that has the potential to put the brakes on everything - our dog is very friendly to strange people but he will turn aggressive quickly if a stranger starts to try prod/probe him etc. From what I understand he must travel in crate without a muzzle.

Is anyone familiar with what happens when he stops off at Abu Dhabi / Dubai and then finally in Melbourne?

I fear he will freak out and could potentially get refused travel if the necessary people cannot examine him in my absence. 

Not sure whether to put the whole move on hold for a period of time. Leaving him here is not an option unfortuantley.

Would love to hear the opinions of people involved in animal transport Bob etc?

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First thing to do is to get the rabies vaccine and rabies blood sample done as this needs doing at least 7 months before the flight. Go to www.petairuk.com and there is a really article outlining what needs to be done, but getting the rabies work done early is perfect.

We can plan whatever needs to be planned for your furry boy. So We would fly him with Qantas on the QF 010 generally, which has a short stop in Perth now. (This is current on what Qantas will allow us right now and can change). But he does not need to be handled at the stopover. Once he gets to quarantine we can advise them that he can be sensitive. We have flown nervous, sensitive and sometimes aggressive dogs and it has been ok. You should also plan for him to get the vet work done with your vets while you are there and then you bring him to the airport so he gets as little stranger handling as possible.

In short - we have never had a dog refused on grounds of aggression. If i remember correctly, we had a pair of Chow dogs recently and the quarantine station folk could not calm them and the owners had to fly from wherever they were, stay in a hotel nearby and look after and hold the dogs.

I hope that gives you some more information and if you need anything else then let us know 

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Thats very reassuring thanks Bob.

I will make contact with you through the official channels later in the week.


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