I’m sure you have read the horror stories on how airlines are treating our four legged friends. From one airline forcing a passenger to store her Frenchie in an overhead bin, to the same airline mistakenly sending a dog to Japan instead of Kansas. We at Digital Doggy believe it’s time to “unite” against this mistreatment. As a dog owner, we must make sure we know our rights and understand how to properly prepare for flying with our dog.
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 safer 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.