How Does It All Work?
There are some interesting planning and logistics involved in being a dog travel nanny. While road travel is good for short trips, our focus for this article is on air travel. Let’s run through this using breeders as the sending party. Most breeders prefer to use air travel, especially for longer distances. This gets pets quickly and safely to their destination, as well it is less time/stress involved for the pet. Basically, a dog travel nanny escorts a lovable furry pal through the air travel process.
Depending upon the situation, planning can be done months or weeks ahead. But, at times, it can even be done days ahead. To save money in these tighter timelines often the breeder (who pays for the flight and most related travel expenses) may instruct the dog travel nanny to travel on standby. Keep in mind, the buyer is responsible for paying the dog travel nanny fee and an upfront deposit is almost always required. This can sometimes make the logistics a little more interesting. So in this situation, be flexible!
Day of travel logistics is done through a group text on a cell phone with the dog travel nanny communicating with the breeder and buyer at all important points along the route. This allows everyone to remain up-to-date along the journey, and communicate delays or any possible issues. This also serves as a log for the entire process.
Photos are usually provided along the journey. Photos of all people involved in the exchange of the pet (as well as the pet, of course!) and messages at pick-up at the departing airport. If a layover is involved, more photos will be shared, along with message updates.
Upon arrival at the destination airport, the photos of the pet (in the carrier) will be provided by the pet flight nanny. Photos of the dog travel nanny and buyer will also usually be exchanged to help identify each other at the final destination meeting point. Several messages will also be traded leading up to the exchange.
Upon payment of the balance of the dog travel nanny fee, the pet will be exchanged with its buyer and the pet flight nanny will take photos of the buyer with the pet. This acts as proof to the breeder that the pet arrived safely at its final destination.