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traveling by plane with a 3-3 1/2 mo puppy

Hi, I will have a new puppy in one week On Sept 19, my puppy will be 3 months old. Sometime during the first week of Oct I will have to fly to NY for a few weeks and will be taking the puppy with me. The flight will be 3.5 hrs long plus the time spent in the airport checking in and waiting to take off, etc. What tips can you give me for traveling with such a young dog? I am mostly concerned about managing potty needs during the trip. What can I expect and how should I plan for this trip for the puppy's potty needs? How bad will it be if the puppy cannot hold during the flight?
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No one has answered my post yet. Is it because I will have a problem? I'm a bit nervous about this trip.
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I havenít flown with mine, but I know several people on the boards have. Try searching the forum maybe .. I know Iíve seen some about flying home with a brand new puppy, etc and it wouldnít be that much different for you, I expect.

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Thank you for responding. I posted a similar question about one month ago. But I am so nervous about this that I needed to ask this again. Thanks again.
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I took my Winston on a 2 hour flight to San Diego at that age. The vet prescribed Trazadone for him. He slept the whole flight. No accidents. I did not restrict water before. We preflight check in and waiting for bags, renting a car, he was fine. I stopped after getting the car and he peed on grass. No problem.
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I flew home with a 10 week old puppy with no problems. As puppy won't have all his shots yet you won't want to let him down on the floor or outside in the grass. While you are home with him, make sure he will go on a pee pad. You can put one down in the bathroom before you get on the plane and as soon as you land, he may or may not go because of distractions. We just drove home 6 hours with our second Havi. I put pee pad on the back seat and he peed when we stopped. We only stopped once. I put these liners in my carriers for plane flights or long car trips just in case of accident:



DryFur Pet Carrier Insert Pads (I am not sure whey the picture doesn't show but if click amazon it will take you to the pads.)

I let them have a little water about half way through. Air planes have such dry air. You will also want some wipes for just in case. When I fly with our first Havi now, if he gets fussy (bored) during the flight, I put the whole carrier in my lap but don't take him out because I don't want him to think whining gets him sprung from the carrier. I just hate the other passengers having to listen to him. He always fusses a little on descent - I think it bothers his ears.

You will be fine.



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thanks. I really appreciate the encouragement and to know that it is doable!!
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It is very doable. We practiced being in the case (a lot), driving him around, carrying him in the case etc. etc. There are dog pottys in many airports, but agree he is too young. I would bring wipes, a change of pads in the case, disposable towels in the case, and the knowledge that even if he does do something, it will all be fine. If our guy gets restless we put our fingers in the case, but mostly he sleeps when we fly, and we fly a lot with him. I think acclimatizing to the travel case, and knowing that whining will NOT get you out, will do the trick. Our guy has actually learned not to drink much water en route- but we do offer it.
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while at the gate and waiting to board, is it OK to put out a wee wee pad on the floor for the pup to go? Is that allowed?
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In our experience, thoughtfulness is the most important part of travel! I am sure no one would object to an adorable puppy on their very own wee wee pad... that said, there are always grumps, and I would try to do that in a far corner. There are always areas that are not heavily populated. (We have been known to let ours out of the case while waiting at the gate.. which is not allowed. So far,no one has complained as long as he stays kind of under the seat) We have only ever problems with other dogs; true therapy/assistance dogs are impeccably trained, it is the poorly behaved ESA dogs who can be difficult.
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