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How Do You Travel with your Dog on a Plane?

Does Your Dog Have To Stay In A Kennel In The Baggage Area?  Well, technically, no—if it’s a small enough dog and you’ve got the legal documentation to get away with it. It is possible to have small cats and small dogs ride with you on the flight.

Generally, you’ll have to pay a fee to do so. You may be able to escape the fee with a therapeutic animal; one for emotional support or something—but don’t push it.

Airlines are in a legally nebulous zone. This is one reason why you’ll find all the “duty-free” shops in airports: they’re in a zone where local taxation doesn’t apply in the same way. Accordingly, when you’re in the air, rules of law, and order shift. The Captain has a new administrative role, and hidden “air marshals” are often among passengers.

So what does this mean? Well, if you’re willing to pay a fee, many small pets can come along without any trouble—provided you’ve got good control over them and they’re not making any trouble for other passengers. The thing is, COVID-19 is forcing a lot of strange changes on everybody worldwide right now. Some airlines may very well have shifted policies.

Research Beforehand To Be Sure

You want to research the airline you’re looking to book passage with beforehand to be 100% sure you won’t come against any issues when you’re at the terminal. Certainly, if you need to fly, and can’t afford the airline which allows lap dogs or small cats, then you can look into this line of dog carriers to keep your pet safe during the flight.

However, generally, there will be options available to you through at least one airline. Just be savvy, and careful that you prepare your animal beforehand. Don’t give them too much food or drink, assure they’ve used the “potty” before you get on the flight, and keep little baggies/towels available in the event something causes the animal to have a movement.

Training And Unexpected Behavior

The better trained your animal, the less likely this will be a problem. Cats are going to clam up, in all likelihood, until the flight is over—they don’t like flying much, and with cats, the fear response causes them to “retain” movements. A lot of dogs are that way too, but some dogs are adventurous.

A chihuahua thinks he’s bigger than a wolf when he’s about the size of a rodent, sometimes. You might find your pup isn’t remotely intimidated by the flight. It depends on the personality of the canine in question. As you know, dogs don’t have a single personality; and even pups who you think you know may ultimately end up surprising you.

Keeping Your Pup Happy, And Flying Safely

Bring a little bag with snacks, water, and blankets. You likely have this with you already if you’re in the habit of carrying your pup with you wherever you go. It’s not a good idea to sneak your doggy on in a purse or handbag. If you do that, you’ll have to run him through the X-ray machine as you check-in, and your caper will be exposed—possibly to negative effect.

They likely won’t confiscate your dog if you try to do this, but you will almost certainly have to go back to the terminal and either pay the fee or book another airline. Sometimes moves like that can get you booted from a flight, so be diligent as regards following applicable laws.

Provided you plan in advance, follow guidelines, prepare your pup, and pack a little bag with materials you can use to keep the dog happy while in flight, you’ll have an easy time traveling.

 

Originally posted 2020-08-27 21:45:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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