Long gone are the days of air travel when men and women would board planes dressed in their finest, followed by beautiful trunks full of clothes and amenities for a journey. Nowadays, plane travel is cramped, stuffy, and frankly, kind of dirty. You’ll see everything from sandals and socks to sweatpants, to even pajamas– anything to make long flights more comfortable (inflatable neck pillows, anyone?)
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But things are starting to change– at least in the airports. And dog lovers alike rejoice! Because at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport in Texas, things are really starting to amp up.
Airports are starting to offer some amazing amenities for people in an attempt to drive more traffic to their own flights. At DFW, they now offer therapy dogs in the airport.
Sounds like heaven! We can’t think of anything better than stepping off of a long, tiring flight, and being greeted by a four-legged friend. These dogs have human handlers, who are just there to put a smile on your travel-worn face. DFW also offers nap pods if you need some shuteye before you board your plane.
And if you’re travelling with your pet, you know that one of the hardest things to control is your pup’s bladder. Luckily, in the Tuscon airport, they’ve installed poopy pouches, which are animal relief areas. These areas are great for service dogs too (remember how much you had to pee on the plane? Think about how Fido feels!). There are plans to expand the area to encompass a fake fire hydrant, some turf, and a larger area for pets to go to the bathroom.
Speaking of pet travel, there are more and more pet owners that are starting to bring their dogs with them when they leave home. We’ve got some tips to help make sure that you have a smooth flight.
- Get Your Dog Familiar With Their Crate
Since your pup will be spending some time in their crate, it’s important to present their crate as a nice, warm, and welcoming environment. Pad the bottom with a cushy blanket. Make sure that there aren’t leashes or items that your pup might chew on, because they could be a safety hazard. Don’t forget to provide plenty of ventilation and that your crate is well labelled with your contact information. Lastly, write “Live Animal” in clear font on it as well, so airport staff know to handle your pup with care.
- Check Before You Fly
Most airlines will require that the most recent medical records of your pet, including vaccinations and health certifications. Be sure to check in with your airline to see specific rules that they might have. Some carriers won’t carry your pet if the weather is too hot or cold, and make sure that your crate is regulation sized.
- Reassure Your Pup
For many dogs, flying can be scary. They’re unsure of what’s happening and don’t know if you’ll be back! So, make sure that you talk to your pet in calm, soothing tones, and give them lots of love before they board. Try to refrain from saying goodbye when you have to part with your dog, as many puppers can pick up on this and become anxious–instead, reassure them that you’ll be reunited once the plane lands. Your pup might not understand what you’re saying exactly, but if you’re less worried, they’ll be calmer too.
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