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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 11-01-2016, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Something I have been thinking of alot lately is if my boy makes it to full SD....he turned out bigger than I expected her planned on (I think he will max out at 90lb). He is very long bodied. My 67# female found it impossible to keep herself out of my neighbor's foot space on a plane, even in bulkhead.

How in the world will he ever fit??

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I have some friends that use Mastiffs and Great Danes for their SDs. I'll ask them if they have any special tricks that they use. I do know that they practice "tucks" a lot and also so the dog keeps its tail out of the way.

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If there is a special tuck I sure never figured it out. If you have to travel solo it's kind of unavoidable. I had Crank tucked down close to the chair so people could drape legs over him and stretch out but he was partially under them still. When I was seated near my gf I could use her as a buffer and then there was no issue but Crank is 62 pounds. Not a big guy.

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Bailiff that is basically what always happened with my female GSD (she was prob 65 # then)

We were basically always flying alone, and occasionally my seatmate would be pissed about it. There was always someone quick to volunteer to switch seats and sit by me and let her lay under their legs some, but still always a little stressful.

When my mother was dying I flew back and forth so many times I got so sick of it I actually bought her her own seat once so I knew she could have 2 foot spaces. And he is SO much bigger than her

I am afraid that my goal is going to have to be cramming him into two seats' foot space in bulkhead and even that would be tight, I swear the planes get smaller every year.
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What I wanted to check out is something that I have heard of. Anyway, it is still recommended by a few others.

Train your dog with cut down boxes. Start with larger area/dimensions box and cut down to maybe a foot high. Train to curl up inside for a treat. After dog can do this without a problem go to a slightly smaller area box. Give same command as before and treat. Along the way help position the dog. When helping with the tail give a command such as "tail" or whatever you want. For smaller boxes you may have to cut and tape the larger one down somewhat. -- I have heard of some people using plastic totes, but those would be for smaller dogs.

This is two commands being taught.
"Tuck" or "Curl" (or whatever you want to use) to fit body in a certain space.
"Tail" which can be used when dog is at a sit or down and the tail is in the way of people walking by.

I wanted to start this with my guy when a pup, but he was too busy trying to chew on or attack the box that I gave up and never went back to. I think this would be a really good command to work on when the weather is too bad to go outside and the dog needs something to do.

These two commands should help with flying, under a table at a restaurant, riding in a taxi, at a movie theater, or in a classroom or meeting room.
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I have also had a friend that had her male GSD back somewhat under the seat in front of her and curl the rest of his body in her footspace, but not sure exactly how that worked. Wish I had asked her more at the time or even better for a picture.

I know that some people have a different command when they have their dog back under something vrs. a plain "under" where the dog goes forward head first.

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I think if you let them know in advance that you have a GSD service dog and will need more foot space they try to accommodate you. When I've flown with toddlers they would give me a seat at the front where I had open space in front of me. I've seen service dogs in those seats before.
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Or perhaps once everyone has boarded you can ask if there are two seats together that are empty so you can move? I'm just trying to think of options for if he can't fit. I can't imagine my son trying to fit Demi, his service GSD on a plane, she's quite large.
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Yes I have heard of using laundry baskets and the like to train a big dog to put themselves into a smaller space. If he continues to do well in his other training maybe I will mess around with it. I can't imagine how uncomfortable that would be for a long flight though.

If he continuea to do well we will try city bus and then train and see how he handles the noise and jostling before I ever consider trying to fly with him anyway
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Another answer I just got from someone else. When they go to the check-in counter they ask if it would be possible to ask the person assigned to sit next to them if they are allergic or would they mind if a SD shared part of their foot space. She said she then doesn't stand near the desk so that the person assigned next to them is free to respond as they want. Sometimes the other person requests to be moved thus giving the SD team two places or maybe they may even move the SD team. Most flights have at least one empty seat so while you can't count on this happening it is one possible thing to try.
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