Flying with a Labradoodle
The best way to fly with your dog is in the cabin. You will have to pay extra for it though.
There are several reasons why you might want to choose this option:
You don’t want to worry about having your dog sit on the floor or even worse, getting them off the plane because they got sick from sitting down too long. Your dog may get tired if left alone all day while traveling in the cabin.
If you want to take your dog on business trips, then you need to make sure that they are comfortable when travelling in the cabin.
If you have a small dog like a pug or chihuahua, then it’s very easy for them to fit into the seat next to yours. However, if your dog is bigger than these two breeds, then there is no guarantee that they’ll fit in the same space.
So, what do you do?
It’s not always possible to cram your dog into one seat. Some airlines allow their customers to book up to 2 seats together. But, some airlines charge extra fees for this privilege.
Another option is to buy a second ticket for another flight so that you can bring along your companion without paying any additional fee. This is a good idea if you have a larger dog and would like to take them on separate flights in case of an emergency.
Most airlines nowadays have strict rules when it comes to carrying pets in the cabin, and most of the times, they limit it to one pet per flight. In some countries such as the United States, there are also restrictions on the breeds that qualify to be carried in the cabin.
Usually, the dog should be smaller than a given height, and/or weight to be allowed in the cabin.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to call the airline in advance and double check if your dog is allowed in the cabin, and if there are any additional fees for doing so. Also check if your dog will fit in one seat or not.
If it doesn’t fit, then you’ll have to pay for an extra seat. If you want to play it on the safe side, then you can also check if your dog can be carried in the cabin on the day of the flight. Most of the time, they will allow it as long as you are willing to pay for an extra seat next to you.
Is flying safe with a dog?
Well, most dogs will have no problem with the experience. However, some might get sick during take-off and landing. If you know your dog gets car sick, then keep a close eye on them during these times. Also make sure to keep them close to you so they feel safe and secure.
If your dog is one of the few whose ears might tend to pop during take-off and landing, then be sure to give them a treat after so they associate flying with something good. You can also give them a bone or their favorite toy so that they can chew on it.
This might seem like an odd suggestion, but chewing on something helps relieve the pressure that is building up in their ears.
If you are really worried about your dog, then you might want to try flying at night instead during the day. This is because there’s a higher chance of the flight taking place during the night when you’re less likely to encounter a delay.
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