If you have absolutely no alternative form of getting your dog where you need to go, follow the dog air travel advice below by Melanie Monteiro.
If you make it past this hurdle, the airline must also assure you that their below-cabin area for dogs will be climate-controlled and pressurized. Look for a direct flight whenever possible, and choose a time that will help ensure your dog’s comfort and safety – for example, book an early morning or evening flight during warm summer months, and a mid-day flight during colder months.
Finally, review the airline’s policies (such as health certificate requirements, pre-flight feeding restrictions, check-in procedures etc.) to make sure you are willing and able to comply with all rules and regulations to prevent problems at the airport.
Melanie lives in Topanga, California with her husband, Mark, and Taiga, their six-year-old Lab.
Dog Air Travel Q&A You state in your book, “The Safe Dog Handbook,” that a pet-friendly flight begins at the time of booking.
Write something like “I’m Lucy and I’m very friendly! Next, type up instructions on a sheet of paper listing your name, flight number(s), cell phone, emergency contact numbers and final destination. If it will be a long flight, securely attach a small pack containing a baggie of kibble, small bottle of water, poop bags and leash to the back of the crate with duct tape in case of delay.
Prepare the inside of the crate by making sure there are sturdy water and (for longer flights) food dishes attached.I understand that the preparation of the dog’s crate is crucial to his traveling comfort and safety.What do you tell people on how to successfully prepare the crate for dog air travel?What should pet parents do to acclimate their dogs to their crate prior to the day of flight in order to cut down on the anxiety level associated with dog air travel?If the dog is already comfortable being crated at home, practice lifting the crate with him in it (you’ll need someone to help you) and gently jostling it around, placing it in the car, and driving around.If, however, you have a small dog that passes muster to fly in the main cabin with you, congratulations!