The big day is here! Flying with your dog can be both exciting, and overwhelming. There are crowded airports, long layovers, and checking in to think about. Here are a few tips to use on flight day that will help you both stay calm and happy.
Rushing through the airport is a drag! You want to give yourself plenty of time to check in, go through security, and arrive at your gate. Each step might take a little longer with a dog in tow, so be sure to arrive at the airport an hour or so before suggested. Give yourself plenty of wiggle room, so you can spend all of your extra time at the pet relief station.
Your passport isn’t the only official document needed for you to board the plane. Your dog will need their own paperwork, including but not limited to a health certificate, pet passport, and/or rabies vaccination. Bring all of their necessary documents, as well as hard and digital copies. Avoid rummaging through your bag to find every page, and keep them organized in a manila folder or binder, for easy access.
Don’t Drink Too Much
Your dog should stay hydrated, but don’t over do it! Closely monitor the amount they are drinking, especially if you’re traveling with a puppy or a small dog. You don’t want an accident to happen on the plane, or for your pooch to hold it in for too long!
No Over Eating
Flying on a full stomach can be uncomfortable and cause stinky bathroom accidents. Give your pooch their last meal four hours before departure time. They’ll have time to relieve themselves before the flight, but won’t be flying on an empty tummy.
Pent up energy and the wiggles are no good on a flight. Take time to exercise your pooch before your journey. You always want to travel with a tired dog – remember, a tired dog is a good dog. Let them stretch their legs, so come flight time, they’re ready for a good nap.
Pack the Essentials
Certain items (ahem… poop bags!) are necessities when traveling. Don’t forget dog food, treats, and a good leash and harness. Make sure you’ve packed all of the essentials for a happy and comfortable trip. Check out our Dog Travel Checklist to stay organized and ensure you’ve got everything you need.
Traveling takes hours and when your pups gotta go….they gotta go! Check ahead to see where the pet relief areas are located in the airports you’re traveling through. It’s great to have them mapped out ahead of time so you know where your pooch can pop a squat… or lift a leg. Be sure to hit them up before you fly.
Show Some Love!
Remember to give your pup plenty of pets and pats. Nervous pups need reassurance and reminders that they are safe and loved. If you stay calm, your dog will stay calm, and a calm and happy pooch will make your journey more enjoyable. Be sure to show plenty of love along the way.