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    I have a eight dogs that I will be immigrating to New Zealand (from South Africa) in the near future.

    Several of the dogs were removed from an abusive owner before being re-homed. As a result they are easily stressed. I have worked with all the dogs as a foster parent in the past and am concerned that in a high stress environment that they may bite workers that they are unfamiliar with. They have not bitten anyone in the past, but I cannot be certain that they will not do so, if put in such a difficult situation. I feel it would be in the best interest of everyone involved if I am able to be the sole person to handle the dogs until they are settled in.

    I am unable to find a service that would allow me to accompany the dogs on the flight or in a quarantine facility. I am happy to pay whatever is necessary to ensure the well-being of the dogs.

    Does anyone know of any services that would be able to help me with this?

  • #2
    Re: Moving dogs that may be aggressive

    Omm - if you feel that your dogs will display aggressive tendencies, to fly commercially, they will need to travel in IATA CR82 wooden crates similar to these (scroll down to the bottom of the page): If you fly commercially, then you will need to check your dogs in at the cargo facility of an airline that flies the entire route. Due to security regulations, you will not be able to accompany your dogs past the check in point. To inquire as to other means of transportation that will allow further access to your dogs, you will need to contact an agent in South Africa to see if this is possible as transport through a cargo-only airline must be booked through an agent. You can search for an agent in South Africa at

    If you need regulations to import your dogs to New Zealand, you can find them here:


    • #3
      Re: Moving dogs that may be aggressive

      If you can't ensure your dogs will calm down in the aircraft, I suggest you should transport your dogs in the cargo. However, for the sake of the safety of your dog and the staffs, you're better to use a firm crate to each dog and keep them quiet. Your vet could prescribe your dogs with a tranquilizer to reduce their aggression or anxiety, which can effectively prevent from barking and other aggressive behaviors. However, there are some risks in this way.
      1. The medication may have certain side effects, such as drowsiness.
      2. It's prohibited to transport flat-faced dogs in the cargo, in case of difficulty breathing or death.
      3. The dogs containing mental issues could aggravate the symptoms after flying in the cargo.

      More risks of traveling your dog in the cargo are here: [url][/url]
      If you have enough time to prepare for the trip, training your dogs is a good option. Teach them how to socialize with new people and keep quiet in the crate. What's more, training your dogs together could get a better effect.
      Read more on to train your dogs:


      • #4
        Re: Moving dogs that may be aggressive

        Hi, this post might be useful for you