We just got a puppy, @kodathepomklee! He is 11 weeks old and we had to go to California and bring him with. Through the experience I learned how to fly with a pup and am giving you the ten tips you need to travel with your dog!
1. Call Your Airline Most airlines only have a certain number pups per plane so we had to make sure there was room for Koda. With a quick google search “flying with dogs on delta” you can see the fee associated with traveling with pups. For delta it was $125 each way and he had to be able to fit comfortably under the seat infront of us.
2. Get a Travel Carrier we got this one and Koda loved it! It was nice because we can take out the sides to give him more room to play. This was great because Koda wasn’t allowed to come out of his container. Only emotional support pups and service animals are able to be out of their containers!
3. Travel Carrier Practice Just like the crate we needed Koda to get used to his carrier, or as Ryan called it “container“, for the trip. Ryan put Koda in the carrier for 10 minutes and then would take him out for a little a put him back in. We also walked Koda around a bit in his carrier. Lots of praise for being in his carrier too!
4. Get Medicine we took Koda to the vet and asked for travel medicine.
5. Medicine Practice We tried out the medicine a day before our! A few puppies get crazier on the medication and you want to make sure your pup isn’t one of the lucky ones.
6. Bring Treats we gave Koda a few treats throughout the day to encourage his amazing silence!
7. Limit Food & Water Not only did we not want accidents but we wanted to make sure Koda didn’t have a tun of extra energy on the travel day.
8. Take Medicine Right Before You Leave we had two legs of our trip and the medication wore off a little at the end. Lasted about 7 hours.
9. Bring Copy of Vet Shots We had to check in at the desk (to Ryan’s dismay – a paper ticket!? lol) and hand over all of the information. They took a look at Koda in his container, put a tag on his container and that was it. We were on our way.
10. Find the Puppy Relief Areas All airports have doggie relief areas (start looking for signs). A employee can take you to find the nearest one. We took Koda a few times. One mistake was when we arrive in Cali we didn’t take him out and then he had an accident in his container!
If you use any of these tips send me pictures of you traveling with your pup or tag me on instagram! If you have any questions leave them in the comments, I’ll be answering questions tonight.