How to Fly with a Puppy in an Airplane

How to Fly with a Puppy in an Airplane

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You’ve spent weeks, months, maybe even years
planning on bringing a new puppy home to your family. It’s an exciting time for
everyone. If you’ve chosen a breeder that lives far away, you might have to go pick
up puppy, or have someone deliver puppy to you. This usually means an airplane
trip. Whoever’s flying with puppy will need to be prepared for how to deal with
puppy at the airport and on the plane. This video will show you what flying
with a puppy will look like. Many states and airlines require a USDA official
certificate of veterinary inspection to fly with puppy over state lines.
This paperwork is what you’ll present at the counter when you check in to fly
with your puppy. If you’re picking up a puppy from a breeder, make sure they have
the vet exam and get this paperwork to you so you do not run into any potential
problems when checking in for your flight. Most breeders do not provide the
soft sided carrier if you’ll need to use with puppy when flying, so you’ll need to
bring your own. When you book your flight tell them that you’ll be traveling with
a puppy and ask them about the allowed dimensions for the soft sided carrier.
The carrier will need to fit under the seat in front of you, so dimensions are
important. Make sure that the carrier you purchase is airline approved. Most pet
stores will carry them and it’s easy to order them online as well. In addition to
the soft sided carrier, things you should bring include: Wet wipes and disposable
potty pads. Usually puppies will hold their bladder when they’re in a confined
space, but sometimes accidents happen. If you line the bottom of the carrier with
a disposable pad it is simple to pull out and replace in case of an accident.
If not, you could end up having to do your best to clean the bottom of the
carrier. If your puppy does have an accident it could get itself dirty, and
you may have to find the nearest sink to rinse its paws off. A collapsible water dish. you need to
make sure your puppy stays hydrated, especially on longer flights. Purchase a
water bottle once you pass through security and offer your puppy a drink from time
to time. Chew toys. More often than not puppies will settle down and go to sleep once the plane is in the air, but sometimes they just want to play, and
toys are a good distraction. Small treats or treats you can
break into small pieces. If your puppy is awake and full of energy a good way to
keep them quiet is to take small pieces of treats, put your hand inside the
carrier, and play many find it games with them. Dog food. This is especially
important because delays and cancellations can happen, and puppies
shouldn’t go for too long without eating. So make sure you have some of the food
he’s used to eating to offer him. That’s everything you should bring with
you on your flight with puppy. Now you’re ready to head to the airport! *Next stop, A Gate* Once you’re checked in for your
flight and waiting to board, you will need to find somewhere to hold and
entertain your puppy, getting some of his energy out and making it a fun
experience for him. It isn’t uncommon when traveling with a puppy for everyone
to be drawn to them and want to ask questions. Stranger: “Awww, how old is that little nugget?” “Are you taking he or she home?” When someone asks to pet your little one
just tell them that puppy’s vaccines are not completed yet and you are trying to
eliminate exposure to things that their immune system may not be able to deal
with well. It is the safest thing to do to protect your puppy if you don’t want
them inadvertently exposed to disease that may be carried on someone else’s
clothing or hands from their own pets. Just before the flight is ready to board, find an out-of-the-way place where puppy can have an opportunity for a last
potty break and drink of water. Some airports provide pet areas for this, but
with so many animals coming and going you have no idea what kind of disease or
bacteria may have been tracked into the area. Use a disposable potty pad in a
quiet location. Puppy may or may not go, but at least you’ve given him the
opportunity. When you are ready to board the plane gently place your puppy into
the soft sided carrier. Airline regulations will not allow for puppies
to be removed and held during the flight, and the carrier must be placed under the
seat in front of you. In most cases puppies quickly decide they want to take
a long nap for the flight, but on occasion there will be one who is
unhappy about being confined. When this happens you will spend most of the
flight reaching into the carrier, petting and playing with puppy so that others
around you are not upset by any crying or whining. The goal is for the experience
to be as safe and stress-free as possible for your puppy. There is no
safer way to receive a puppy from a breeder far away from you and then to
fly and pick him up, or to have someone personally escort him to you. Your puppy
is protected, watched out for, and lovingly handled every step of the way.

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