Jet-Setting Puppy: Simple Tips for Flying with Your New Puppy

Jet-Setting Puppy: Simple Tips for Flying with Your New Puppy

Now officially entering my Dog-Mom Era! 🐶 💖

I am so excited my pup OB is finally home! Bringing him home from California to Boston on a 6-hour flight was for sure an adventure!

If you are learning how to best fly with your puppy, here are 5 tips that will make your travels just a little more easier!

Image of my puppy OB in his carrier while at the airport

1. Book Your Flight With A Pet-Friendly Airline.

This should definitely be the first thing to check on your priority list! Making sure your designated airline ACTUALLY allows you to bring your furry friend with you – that is in the cabin, is super crucial because there are certain airlines that won’t allow pets at all.

But no worries here is a list of pet-friendly airlines,

https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/travel/most-pet-friendly-airlines

2. Familiarize Yourself With The Pet-Policy Of Your Airline.

Most airlines only can have a certain number pets on their plane so making sure there is room for your pup is crucial.

Each pet-friendly airline may require an additional fee to be able to bring your pup in the cabin with you.

~ For example on Jet Blue, the pet fee is $125 each way and only SMALL pets are allowed to travel in the main cabin. Plus they must be in an FAA-approved pet carrier that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you.

3. Getting Your Approved Travel Carrier in Advance

When speaking of a FAA- approved carrier, this one did just the job! (Plus there are tons of other alternatives available, just Google “FAA- approved carriers”.)

Additionally I would also recommend getting your pup familiar with the carrier. Since your pup cannot come out of their carrier for the flight (unless a service/emotional support animal), make sure your pup has enough room to roam and feel at ease for a smooth flight!

If you are adopting your pup from a family, I suggest sending your desired carrier to them to have your pup feel a little more comfortable in the carrier rather than the first time at the airport

4. Make Sure You Carry Food/Water Supplies & Treats Of Course!

This may seem like a no-brainer but completely worth mentioning because imagine YOU on a 6 hour flight with no food or water! Plus giving your pup a few treats throughout the flight could be helpful incentive for being well-behaved or maybe if you’re like me – just for being CUTE? #dogmomoftheyear

5. Utilizing Dry Puppy Pads or Find the Pet Relief Areas

Whether your prefer a dry pad in your carrier or need a designated relief area, it is important to make sure your pet is “relieved” before their flight.

A dry pad is perfect for inside of the carrier, if you are okay with your pet pee-ing/poop-ing inside the carrier. Just PLEASE remember to replace them every once in a while during the flight.

Or if you are not into that, all airports should have pet relief areas. Asking an airport employee before a flight for one, could save you a stinky accident on the plane!

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If you use any of these tips traveling with your pup or have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments!

Safe Travels! 🐶