If you are planning a trip, have you considered whether or not your dog gets to come along? Do you know how to travel with your dog? . Dogs are man’s best friends, but they’re not always the best match for jetsetters. Or are they?
Traveling with your dog can be loads of fun, However, poor planning can really ruin the vacation for everyone. Flying with a dog can be a hassle but if you are properly prepared, things will go smoothly. Pets can travel on a commercial airline in one of 3 ways: in-cabin, checked baggage and manifest cargo.
Here are a few of our best tips on flying with your pup in-cabin with you:
1. Make sure your dog is the right size to fit under the seat comfortably.
Unfortunately, the size of your dog is important when deciding if you can bring him in-cabin with you or not. Airlines have strict regulations when it comes to the size of pet carriers. They must be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. Typically dogs around 15 pounds or less can fit comfortably in the mandated size of the airline-approved pet carrier.
2. Make sure that your dog has the right temperament to fly.
While I’d love to say that any dog can travel easily, it’s just not the case. High-stress dogs with high anxiety levels might not be the right choice to take with you on a plane. Some airlines require your pup to be well-trained, or quiet to fly.
3. Find a pet carrier that your dog is comfortable in.
Make sure to look up your airline’s requirements in terms of the size and type of carrier that you are allowed to bring your pet in. While each airline varies slightly, most require the carrier to be between 16 and 19 inches long or less, and about 10 inches tall. Don’t try to make your pup fit in a carrier that is too small for him, it could stress him out even more.
4. Pack all your dog’s necessities.
Sometimes baggage gets lost in translation, so it’s important to make sure you have enough food, toys and treats to get your pup through a few days when you land. Make sure to bring a non-spill water carrier, and maybe a bone to keep your furry friend occupied during the long flight.
5. Call ahead to reserve a space for your dog.
Most airlines only allot a certain amount of dogs to fly in-cabin, so make sure to call way ahead of time to book your pup’s spot and make sure there is room for him. Sometimes when flying with your pup you are allowed to board first – yes, dogs are V.I.P. – and you are usually given the middle seat, as there is more space.
6. Be prepared to pay extra fees.
Bringing your best friend on your trip is definitely not cheap. Depending on the airline, flying just one way with your dog can cost over $100. Budget your trip and see if there is room to bring your pup on board with you or not.
7. Make sure that you have a health certificate for your dog from the vet.
Even if your airline doesn’t specifically mentioned for one, go ahead and get a health certificate from your vet just in case you need it later on. It doesn’t cost too much, and it’s always better to be safe then sorry. This certificate will show that your pup has had all his shots and vaccinations, and is perfectly fine to travel in-cabin with you and the rest of the passengers.
8. Line your pup’s carrier with Dry-fur pad.
No matter how potty-trained your pup is, accidents happen, especially in high-stress environments. Line your dog’s carrier with Dry-fur which wicks away moisture to keep your pup comfortable. If you think he needs to pee, carry him into the restroom with you with a wee wee pad and see if he can go there.
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