Hundreds of thousands of people board planes in America every day, most of whom will not be traveling alone. While most travel companions will likely be sitting in adjoining seats, those flying with pets will have an entirely different flight experience. For travelers who are clueless as to how to get their four-legged friends on an airplane, Heidi Ganahl, the CEO and founder of pet service company Camp Bow Wow, has offered some tip and tricks to ensure a safe and secure flight for canine passengers.
As with any travel the first step should be to research the particular airline's pet policy. Some airlines will allow smaller pets to ride in a carrier, in the cabin of the plane, while some require that all dogs ride in the cargo hold.
Owners are recommended to familiarize their dogs with their carriers prior to the flight so as not to upset them while traveling. They can increase their animal's comfort by placing familiar blankets, bowls and toys in the carrier with the dog.
It is also recommended that all dogs be fed no less than five or six hours before a flight time, and given water no less than two hours before. This will help prevent the caged pooch from having to answer nature's call mid-flight.