When it comes to flying with your pup, you’ll find endless tips online (including some from us!). There’s generally an emphasis on what to do, both in terms of canine behavior and with regard to regulations and documentation. But what about what not to do? There’s actually plenty to avoid when hitting the friendly skies with your pup.
Here are our tips on what NOT to do when flying with your dog.
Long lines. Delays. Going through security. Traveling is stressful and tedious enough on its own, and having a bad attitude won’t make things any easier. Luckily, dogs are an instant mood booster. Use that good energy and spread it along on your journey. Be kind and courteous to everyone that you meet. It will make for a more enjoyable trip, and may even help you out (maybe Fido wants an upgrade?). A smile goes a long way.
Travel with a Dirty Dog
No one likes the smell of a dirty dog, especially when you’re confined to a small space 30,000 feet in the air. Be sure that your dog is well groomed and clean when you’re planning to fly. A quick brushing and a bath should do it. If you’re pressed for time, use grooming wipes. Your nose and other passengers will thank you.
Let Your Dog Misbehave
If your dog misbehaves it could in the best case (read, least bad) scenario annoy fellow passengers and crew members, and in the worst, get you kicked off the plane. The best way to ensure that your dog is on their best behavior is to teach them basic commands, and to fly with a tired dog. For the former, commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “quiet” are useful while in the air. For the latter, plan a trip to the park or a long walk before your flight. And if you can, fly at night, when your pup will already be naturally tired.
Forget to Read the Room
If you’re traveling with a dog, dog lovers become apparent. They’ll flash a smile, ask to pet your pup, and you’ll hear plenty of “awws” as you walk by. Take note of those happy to see your pup, but don’t forget to look out for those who aren’t so pleased to be in the presence of fur. There will be side eyed glances, a change of seating, or a protective hand on belongings. Some onlookers might be scared of dogs, or allergic. Do yourself a favor and stay out of their way.
Let Your Dog Lick or Touch Fellow Passengers
No one should place a hand on you or your dog without asking, and the same goes for your dog. Your pup should always keep their paws to themselves. You don’t know who is allergic, or who is dog phobic. The best way to steer clear of problems this is to keep your dog confined to their bag, and to train them with basic manners.
Forget to Pack Clean Up Supplies
Accidents happen! Stay ahead of spills and flying fur with cleaning supplies. Throw them in your carry-on or toiletry kit for easy access. It’s important to leave your area as clean as when you got there. We don’t want dogs getting a bad rep! Basics include wee wee pads, wet wipes, a lint roller and poop bags.
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