Your only real concern is to make sure he has a reservation.
I understand that the preparation of the dog’s crate is crucial to his traveling comfort and safety.
A lifelong dog lover, Melanie has been a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, the national organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
For puppies/dogs that have never been crated and you’re starting from scratch, there is one cardinal rule you must always follow: Never use the crate as punishment!
A dog’s crate should always be a safe, happy haven.
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.
Can you elaborate on this aspect of dog air travel?
The day before the flight, fill the water dish 2/3 full and freeze it, then take it with you to the airport to place in the crate right before you check the dog in.
Also prepare a couple of treat-stuffed Kongs or other durable treat-dispensing toys.
Booking a pet-friendly flight begins with a good deal of research if the dog must fly “below cabin.” Careful consideration must be given to the dog’s breed, health, age and disposition to determine whether flying is in their best interest.
Begin by checking the airline’s pet travel policies on their website.
Consider worst-case scenarios, such as your dog getting lost en route, and be sure you know all of the airline’s requirements for your traveling dog.