Normally when we travel we leave our beloved dog, Princess Cheese, at home. However, this year I started to wonder what it would entail if we brought her along on our next vacation. These 3 Tips for Flying With Your Pup are helpful ways to create a relaxing environment and to help ensure that everyone has a smooth flight:
1. Cardio Before Crate
Before you head to the airport, spend the morning making sure your pup gets a good amount of exercise. That can be an hour at the dog park, or just running laps in the yard. This is a great way to get their excess energy out before they go into a crate for a few hours. This can also help lower anxiety levels once you arrive.
2. Happy and Hydrated
You want to make sure your dog stays hydrated during the flight, but you also don’t want to overdo it. Before you leave, make sure you are giving your dog just enough water so that they will feel comfortable. Right before you get to the airport take them for one last potty break so that they are ready for the flight.
3. Keep it Casual
One of the best things you can do for your dog before and after the flight is to act like it is no big deal. Your dog can sense your emotions and therefore if you seem to be nervous and anxious, they will feed off of that. When you are putting your dog in the crate, don’t make a big deal out of it and give them a favorite toy. When you two are separating at the airport, do a casual goodbye, like you would normally do at home. This can help calm nerves, and keep separation anxiety to a minimum. When you guys see each other after the flight, also try to keep it casual, like flying is a walk in the park.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.