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Nole Man
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Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
We have a small 14 lb. dog. Greatest dog ever frankly Trying to figure out the best way to take him out on a trip in a couple of months.
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pjab
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
I brought home a puppy a few weeks ago. She was atleast 14lbs at that point. Southwest was supposed to check documentation before the flight. They did nothing except sell me an overpriced bag and charge me a fee and that was the day before the flight without even seeing the dog. My flight was $49, the pup’s was $100 plus the stupid $60 bag. I sat in the last row expecting the worst and to be that guy with the loud dog but she slept the whole time and didn’t relieve herself.

Hopefully Ill never have to do that again.

As a dog owner, I can appreciate having to travel or move with a dog. As a traveler I get being annoyed by a dog. I think the way to resolve the issue is for airlines to have a better solution than animals in the cabin vs animals as cargo.


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hungryone
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
I haven’t, but I’ve been seated near plenty of them in carriers on Southwest. Most of the time, I didn’t realize they were there until I saw them exiting the plane. But I will say that you need a plan for cleanup....the worst dog owner behaviors I’ve witnessed have been in terminals, not on flights. Bring pee pads, have a roll of paper towels, be prepared to clean up messes yourself. Terminals are busy places, and the cleaning crews can’t immediately respond to poop/pee. By the time cleanup arrives, many people may have encountered your pet’s mess.

Know if your dog is a compulsive “marker”......I saw a dog “marking” several sets of luggage as his oblivious owner bought a coffee and had the animal on a too-long lead. Be considerate and know that while ppl may find your dog cute, no one likes dog pee.


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RonFNSwanson
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
Never personal dogs, but I have flown several fosters around the county to their new homes. They have either been puppies or small breeds. I have flown SW, Spirit, Delta and AA. SW and Spirit are the most lax and lowest fees, the others require shot records, certain age and breed.

I always keep a dose of Benadryl in a treat, but have never had to use it. Even the most playful or neurotic pups have been good while flying. Usually sleep most of the time.

As another poster said, carry something to clean up any accidents in the terminal.


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TigerAlum1982
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
Yes. Get a carrier from Amazon that you are certain will fit under the seat in front of you. Be sure to bring vet records showing the dog is up to date on all vaccines. You have to take dog out of the carrier and hold it as you walk through metal detector. So be sure to take collar off unless it has no metal on it. Make sure dog has pottied before you check in and don’t give him much to drink. My dog did not like take off or landing but was perfectly fine during flight. Also, get the carrier now and start training the dog to get in it with treats. My dog is a 13 lb yorkie poo. And make a reservation for the dog as soon as you know you are taking it. Some airlines limit the number of dogs on board.


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McVick
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
Agree with everything TigerAlum1982 said. I've flown with my small dog numerous times and paid the dog fee every time. Call the airline ASAP to make sure you it's on your reservation. I would also suggest talking with your vet about a script for some doggie valium. Some may be against drugging their animal but it works for me. The dose is just enough to calm them down but not knock them out.

Try to limit your time past security unless you get the dog to do all of their business. And technically the dog need to be in their carrier the entire time; the people walking their non-servicr animals are breaking airport policy but no one stops them.

If you have a long layover consider leaving the terminal area to let the dog outside for a bit. If you are travelling with someone leave everything with them except the travel crate + your boarding ticket.


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Bunsbert Montcroff
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
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And make a reservation for the dog as soon as you know you are taking it. Some airlines limit the number of dogs on board.

this. call the airline as soon as you have your own ticket to book your pet's ticket for travel in the cabin (most carriers won't even let you put a pet in cargo during the summer in the southwest, where we live).

a travel crate with a collapsable top (check out sturdi products) can be neatly pushed under the seat. keep in mind that different carriers and different planes have different seat dimensions (we seriously had to geek out over this). don't count on being able to fit a crate under the seat in an RJ. but if you are flying a full-size jet, you should be okay.

we also bring a small fan in case our dog gets hot. most airports have pet relief areas inside and out.


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Nole Man
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
Thanks for all the advice!


Floyd Dawg
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Member since Jul 2018
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
Look for a carrier called a Sherpa. They're great.

Also look for a natural product called Rescue Remedy. It works great to relax the animal and it's not a drug from a vet (which is always a plus in my book).


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BRich
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re: Anyone ever travel on the airplane with your dog?
The only dogs that should be allowed in an airplane cabin are service dogs (seeing eye dogs, epilepsy dogs, etc.).

No "therapy dogs". No dogs in a carrier or purse/tote bag.

PERIOD.


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