Flying with multiple dogs can be a challenge, especially if you bring the wrong gear and don’t prepare. A few easy moves can make your trip a whole lot smoother. Here are some must read tips on flying with multiple dogs.
Update: I’ve gotten many emails from people since I published this post, saying they didn’t realize it was possible to fly with two dogs. It is! I’ve done it multiple times. Every airline has different policies, that often change, so check them often. We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate which airlines allow two dogs in cabin – find it below.
Find Family Bathrooms
Family bathrooms are private restrooms that are larger than a typical stall. Airports usually offer them, along with regular restrooms, for families who are traveling.
The family restrooms come equipped with a toilet, sink, changing table, and offer extra space for multiple bodies. You’ll have space and privacy to put your bags down, let your dogs leash go, and use the restroom.
If you can’t spot a family bathroom, then use the handicap stall, granted there is no one else who needs it.
Keep Your Carry-On on Your Back
If you’re traveling with two dogs, you’ll want two free hands – one for each. Use a backpack as your carry on, so your personal items are out of the way and you’re free to manage sticky situations, like tangled leashes.
Although they’ll keep your hands free, I don’t recommend using a messenger bag. It will block your side, and will make it difficult to carry a dog travel bag at the same time. Plus, running or walking quickly with a messenger bag on is always an annoyance (the flopping!).
Tire Them Out
What’s better than traveling with two dogs? Traveling with two tired dogs! Make sure you tire both pups out before you head to the airport. Take a long walk, spend an hour at the dog park, or go for a run. Their interest in playing, wandering or sniffing once at the airport will wane if they’re sleepy, and they’ll be much easier to manage. I always follow the motto: a tired dog is a good dog.
Make Them Walk
Once your pets are in the airplane cabin, they’ll be confined to a small area and unable to stretch their legs. Whenever possible, before and after boarding, make your dogs walk. It’ll help tire them out, and it’ll free up your hands.
It might help to use a dual dog, no tangle leash when traveling through the airport, that way you’ll only have one leash in your hand and your dogs will stay together.
I recommend this one – it’s reflective, and his dual locking.
Use the Pet Relief Station as a Dog Park
Not all pet relief stations are created equal, but if you’re lucky, you’ll encounter one with space, benches, and a door to close. Head to the nearest pet area if you have time before boarding or during a layover. Put your bags down and chill while your dogs walk around, sniff things, and burn some energy. Oh, and empty their bladder!
We’ve compiled information and photos of pet relief stations we’ve encountered on our travels. Take a look.
Even though more and more pets are traveling by plane each year, passengers are still not always accustomed to seeing a person flying with one dog, let alone two.
Always smile, be friendly with your fellow passengers and airline workers, and be polite. A smile goes a long way.
Dogs can sense your energy, and they pick up on how you’re feeling. Visual and oral cues, like reading body language and tone of voice, alert them to what’s going on. If you’re anxious and stressed, your dogs will become anxious and stressed too. Remember to remain calm, and stay positive. It will help your two companions relax.
If you’d like to see which airlines allow you to fly with multiple dogs, check out this guide. Thanks for reading!
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