We are sending out a doggy travel warning to all our followers! Delta Airlines is changing their policies when it comes to dogs in the cabin. Due to a rise in the number of people flying with their dogs in the cabin, Delta has decided to take steps to secure their customers’ safety. Over the last two years, Delta has seen complaints over dogs double. And although they love their doggy travelers, the rise of altercations between humans and dogs in the cabin has been on the rise.
So, to solve the issue Delta has rolled out a number of new rules, which will go into effect March 1st. The first being that all passengers traveling with dogs must show proof of their dog’s health or vaccinations at least 48 hours before a flight. Second, owners of registered psychiatric service dogs will need to sign a statement vouching of that their dog is capable of behaving in the cabin.
So if you are planning to fly on Delta in the near future, beware of the changes and prepare yourself. Also, read our tips to flying with your dog, which you can find below. Happy travels!
10 Terrific Tips for Flying with your Dog on a Plane
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. 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.
- Call ahead and reserve a seat for your dog.
- 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.