Flying with dogs?

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  1. LauraLeigh

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    I am seriously thinking if flying home for a few days, I've never needed my Mom and the salt water more....

    I was also thinking about bringing Larry, he's the first dog I've had that's small enough to fly with me, do most airlines allow this?
     
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    Yes - I'm assuming Larry is probably under 10 lbs, right? (Most airlines have an even bigger limit, either 15 lbs or even just big enough to fit in a certain sized crate or travel bag.)

    I would definitely do it, depending on how long the flight is. A 6+ hour one I might be wary of, but a 3ish hour flight I'd definitely do.

    You should just call whatever airline you're thinking of flying on and ask them about their policy regarding pets. Some require an extra fee, I don't know if any allow small pets for no fee. He'll need to stay in the bag under your seat, but usually if your neighbors are okay with it the flight attendants won't mind if you take him out to hold him for a bit once the plane reaches altitude (just ask first).

    I have seen airlines kick people off if their dogs were really obnoxiously, incessantly barking...so if you think he might do that, you may want to look into some kind of sedation/meds - valium or even just benedryl - but try out a dose at home first.
     
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    He's not quite 2 lbs, I don't think he'd fuss, the flight is around 2 hours...

    I may end up driving, still not sure
     
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    I'd absolutely try flying with him. Especially since he's still young, it might be good to get him used to traveling that way. That's a pretty short flight, and most puppies do fine flying, especially if he's used to the crate or carrier beforehand.

    Even if he does cry/bark...it's a 2 hour flight. Big deal. It's not like you (or anyone else) has to listen to it for 5 straight hours. And I have a feeling he would probably be fine, maybe fuss a little, but usually with some reassurance a puppy will not throw a fit.
     
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    Two pounds isn't very big. You might as well. You will need to make your reservations by phone because airlines will have to reserve the spot on the plane (limits), and sometimes only certain seats are assigned for people with pets. The dog must stay in the bag, on the floor. And under the seat for takeoff and landing.

    It depends a lot on the airline, too. I few a puppy home from Europe and, at the time, knew all the airlines' regulation.
     

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