These Tips Will Make Flying Stress-Free for You and Your Dog

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Plane travel doesn’t have to be a challenge when flying with your dog. Just follow these tips below, and flying will be stress-free for both you and your four-legged friend.

Do Your Research

Different airlines have different policies when it comes to bringing your dog on a plane. Also, some countries require additional paperwork before allowing pets to cross the border. Do your research in order to avoid being denied boarding or entering your travel destination.

Get Your Dog Accustomed to a Carrier

If your dog isn’t a service animal, it will likely be required to travel in a carrier. Since dogs don’t like carriers, make sure to get your dog accustomed to a carrier well before the flight. You can take some short trips in a car and place them in a carrier to make them feel more accepting of the idea.

Book a Non-Stop Flight

You may need to pay a bit more for a non-stop flight, but your dog will thank you. Layovers will increase the time your dog spends in a carrier, which will add to their stress.

Provide Entertainment for Your Dog

Your dog will need something to do while in a carrier. Place their favorite toys in the carrier so they don’t become restless and can entertain themselves.

Avoid Feeding Your Dog Ahead of the Flight

Feed your dog several hours before flight, and then avoid feeding them until you land. Traveling with a full stomach might cause discomfort for the dog and result in unwanted consequences.