Cloudpump, there are no flights that are direct unless I was fortunate enough to charter a private plane ... a gal can dream
Magwart, my husband is excellent with Bak - it's just his hours of work - 12 hour days seven in a row - add sleep to that and it gave him little time to exercise Bak so I flew my son in from Canada to help .. but he had to go back and he was good to exercise him but not train so given that over a 10 /11 month period meant a schedule that was irregular and that's not a good thing. We all did our best.
You gave me some very good information on planning how long to be in the car and break times as well. We plan on camping 2 out of 3 nights with a hotel on the 3rd so I will try and plan which route to take so dog friendly hotels/motels will be available.
I have never flown a dog so I have no way of understanding the impact on them. It just seems not a good idea unless the dog is used to it.
I am hoping to get back use of my leg and arm - I will know more once I have seen some specialists. We bought a hobby farm in June of this year with 5.5 acres so the dogs, in particular the GSD, would have space to run. The disc stuff happened in July, out of the blue. Before that I was laid up with multiple surgeries for another problem unrelated to my spine, making it impossible for me to train my dog. He has a solid down, stay and recall. Of course the other stuff like sit and leave it but I had hoped to have him better at ignoring some dogs - little white ones to be specific. He got a little reactive due to not being out in public as he was used to but it will all come back to him once that changes as he is of good temperament. They backslide especially at the age he was when I got ill plus he was a mess when I got him .. totally reactive to other dogs, some people etc. He was 7 months when he came to live with us with no training and not knowing what a leash was. It was just bad luck that I got ill and I feel sorry he had to go through that.
I still train him but only games in the house that use his intelligence - which he has in spades - not his muscles. Scent games and the like. I am open to learning more mind games to add to my repertoire.
I will post again when the time comes to make the trip but hope people who have traveled with their dogs will share their experiences.
At this point I think I have ruled out planes because of the number of plane changes.
Thank you for your help. M.