5 tips for packing your puppy's bag when boarding a plane - Saluki Dog

5 tips for packing your puppy’s bag when boarding a plane

Packing for a puppy’s trip starts with choosing the right carrier.

Although no airline will accept a puppy younger than 8 weeks old, most airlines will allow an older dog or puppy weighing less than 20 pounds to fly with you in the passenger cabin. When packing your puppy’s bag, you will need to keep in mind the needs and comfort of your dog, as well as that of your fellow travelers, during the trip.

Choose the right bag

In order to bring a small dog with you to the cabin, it is preferable to have a soft-sided pet carrier under the seat in front of you. Look for a condition that has been approved by the USDA. It’s a good idea to learn the airline’s policies on flying with pets, and to make sure your carrier meets their size requirements. Generally, the maximum carriage size is 23 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches, and your puppy should be able to stand inside it. The carrier will consider your carry-on baggage, so find one that has plenty of pockets, inside and out, to hold the items you want on the trip.

puppy comfort setting

Your puppy will have to stay in the carrier for the entire trip, so be sure to make it as comfortable as possible. Line the bottom with absorbent pads, or consider putting it in your dog’s diapers for shorter trips. Although it is tempting, you should not provide food or water during the flight. According to Animal Planet, food may aggravate motion sickness, and the water will spurt and soak the carrier. Ask the flight attendant for some ice to keep your child hydrated during the flight. Put your puppy’s favorite blanket or stuffed animal in the carrier with him, and give him a chew toy to keep him occupied during the trip.

Looking at your fellow passengers

Airlines require your dog to be well-behaved, so as not to disturb other passengers. With puppies, good behavior is not always easy to achieve, especially if he is anxious or excited about a new situation. To help keep him calm, put a T-shirt with a scent on it inside the bag. You can also try a collar or spray with pheromones that mimic the hormones produced by mother dogs to calm the puppies. As a last resort, you can bring a barking collar to keep him calm during the flight.

Don’t forget the vital dogs

Although you can store in your checked luggage most of what your puppy needs during your trip, consider adding items that you may need upon arrival or that will help bring you back in case your luggage is lost. For your puppy, this may include his health certificate, rabies vaccination tag, medical records, food and bottled water, his leash and collar with ID, and bags to clean up after he relieves himself after the trip. You should also pack contact information for your regular vet and emergency vet at your destination in case of a medical emergency.

Pack your personal items

Don’t forget that the puppy carrier is your carry-on baggage. Unless you are traveling with a human companion who can carry your personal items for you, you will need to remember your own needs when packing your puppy’s bag. While it can be tempting to fill all those pockets with extra toys and treats, leave room for items you’ll need to comfort yourself during the flight, and to stretch you out in case luggage is lost or delayed.


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