Each and everyone dreams of bringing their lovely four-legged family member on all of their trips and journey with them, right? This dream is not always possible for jet-setting parents, but for people with small dogs, flying can be a reality.
If you are lucky to travel with your lovely dog, there are a few things for traveling with your dog that you should keep in mind for your dog’s safety and well-being.
Here are some of our best tips for traveling with a dog on an airplane:
1. Ensure your dog is the right size to fit under the seat comfortably
Unfortunately, the size of your dog is essential when deciding if you can bring him in-cabin with you. Airlines have strict rules and regulations when it comes to the size of pet carriers. They must be able to fit comfortably underneath the seat in front of you. Typically dogs around 15 pounds or less can fit easily and comfortably in the size of the airline-approved pet carrier.
2. Make sure that your lovely dog has the right temperament to fly.
Dogs with high anxiety levels or high-stress dogs might not be the right option to take with you on a plane. Not to mention, some airlines need your pup to be well-trained, or quiet to fly. Vocal dogs might not be the best alternative for a small aircraft. If you think your dog would be getting scared by taking flight, do him a favor and keep all four paws on the ground. There are wonderful doggy resorts or dogsitters available to take care of your dog while you hit the beach.
3. Find a pet carrier that your dog friend is comfortable in.
Ensure 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 is different, 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 dog fit in a carrier that is too small for him, it could stress him out even more.
4. Pack all your dog’s necessities.
While baggage usually gets lost in translation, it is crucial to ensure that you have enough food, toys and treats to get your dog through a few days when you land. Make sure to bring your own non-spill water carrier, and maybe a bone to keep your cute friend occupied during the long flight.
5. Be ready to pay extra charges for your dog.
Bringing your best friend with you on the trip is usually not cheap. Depending on the airline, flying just one way with your furry dog can cost over $100. Budget your trip and check if there is room to bring your pup on board with you, or if he should stay back for a special week with Grandma and Grandpa.
6. Make sure that you must have a health certificate of your dog from the vet.
Even if your airline doesn’t particularly call for one, go ahead and get a health certificate from your vet just in case. It doesn’t cost too much, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This certificate will help in determining that your pup has had all his shots and vaccinations, and is suitable to travel in-cabin with you and the rest of the passengers.
Follow these keys when thinking of flying with a dog in cabin tips and make your journey hassle free.