We love our dogs and we want to take them everywhere with us, always. Believe me. I get it. I want my dog to follow me into the bathroom, so I understand the importance of taking your pup with you when you travel.
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Here are 10 ways to make flying with your dog a little easier for you and them:
- Make sure before you fly, your dog is the right size to fit under the seat below you
Many airlines have rules and regulations for animal travel. Make sure you look up all the information you need before your journey.
- Your dog should be well behaved and well trained
The last thing you need is your dog biting a flight attendant or a random passenger. Not to mention, many airlines require your dog to be fit for travel.
- Find the right pet carrier for you and your dog
It’s all about comfort and safety. Test out several different carriers before you purchase anything.
- Buy a ticket for your pooch beforehand
Different airlines have different rules and ticket prices for bringing your pooch.
- Pack all your dog necessities
Snacks, water, bowls, poop bags, extra toys, blankets, etc. Bring anything your dog might need for a flight.
- Save up for the extra fees
Many airlines require pricey fees for pet travel. Don’t forget to add it into your vacation budget.
- On the day of the trip, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise
The more your pup exercises the calmer they’ll be.
- If your dog is extremely anxious, sedatives could be an option
Yes they have doggie Xanax and yes it really helps.
- Save the food and water for later
Before the flight, do not feed your dog and give him minimal water. They could potentially have a doo-doo or a wee-wee mid air. (That’s poop and pee)
- Check to see if they have a doggy area in the airport
Some airports offer places for dogs to hang out, do their business and drink water. Fingers crossed you won’t have any connecting flights or layovers. That way you can just get there and be done with it.
Although it can be tedious traveling with your dog, it’s worth it! You can explore the world and never leave them behind again. Also the more they do it, they better they’ll be at it. Pack your bags puppies! You’re coming along for the ride.