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Tips for air travel with Hav puppy?

Hi there!

I am pretty new to this forum so I thank you all in advance for your advice!

I will be traveling with my Hav puppy for Thanksgiving - he'll be about 8 months and around 10-12 pounds by then - and had a few questions for you all. FYI, we'll be flying across the country (about 6 hour flight) and this is my first dog and our first trip by air.

(1) Where would you recommend buying a dog carrier that fits all the airline requirements? Any good websites?

(2) I think he'll be OK not going to the bathroom for that long, but would you recommend giving him some sort of sedative so he's not too restless?

(3) Any other tips?

Thanks!
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Welcome to the forum!! I can barely get mine out the driveway without throwing up - she you will never see airtravel here. But I do know that there are several people here who have and I am sure they will help you out. Are you having the pup in cabin or cargo?
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I would recommend buying a Medium size Sherpa Bag, they meet all the requirements and have handy pockets to stash doggie stuff in. I use this one:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...earch&keepsr=1

Except its the black one.

Also, I took pee pads and let her use them in the restrooms. I just took her in one of the handicap ones, there was plenty of room. Or you can use the "family" bathrooms (if they have them)

I personally would not recommend a sedative unless you take a test run and see how your dog reacts beforehand. I actually did this, and the sedative made her MORE anxious and hyper! She was fine on the airplane. The flight attendants let me put her on my lap and take her out of her bag.

Take some favorite treats and buy a bottled water past security just incase.

I've flown 3 flights w/ Gucci so far, and all of which have been great! Maybe take a small blanket, a travel thing of paper towels and/or baby wipes, a chew toy or bone and pee pads. And don't forget a harness and leash, you have to take the dog OUT of the bag to walk through security.

Have fun!

Havs travel fabulously!

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I've flown with Kubrick twice already. Once was cross country, the other was from Kentucky to NY (2 hours). He was great both times... slept the whole way through. I also suggest the medium Sherpa bag... it's a great bag and it fits under the seat. I have never given him a sedative and he was just fine.

Kara has pointed out a lot of great tips. I would just add that you should take some food just in case there is a problem with your flight. A collapsible travel bowl helped me out in more than one occasion and is a great thing to have!

I am sure you will have a great trip and good luck!


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Thanks so much for your tips! I'm definitely going to get this bag.

Just a quick follow-up question - have you ever used it on American Airlines? This bag is about 1.5" higher than their regulations on their website, but I'm assuming you can still get it under the seat, right?

Thanks again!
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I think it should fit just fine. With the medium Sherpa, I always have to shove it in there, but Kubrick could move around just fine as it is for dogs up to 20lbs.


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Yes, the bag has "give" and "flex" to it, so it will go under the seat! I had the same concern as you, and I have flown her on American, and Delta with this bag, no problems!

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There are other old threads with lots of information that I am sure you will find helpful ..
Kimberly would find them for you but she is away but check back she checks in and she will help you locate them .
This was covered in detail with a lot of very helpful information .
Or just try typing in air travel and see what else comes up ..
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The sherpa bag is definetly the best but it comes in two styles so you might want to check it out befoerre you order it . Also measure your dog as it only fits dogs that are 20''long .
The airline has a guidline - 15lbs and the dog must be able to turn around in the bag .. all shots must be up to date and you rewire a health certificate 10days before . Check with the airlines some of them have waived this requirement .. They must have a reservation and usually only one dog per cabin .

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Hello Havmum, and WELCOME!

I flew from Florida to Washington state with my Hav. Here's the website for my travel bag: It's great! Very flexible for fitting under the seat.
www.sturdiproducts.com

When I was checking into the different airlines and what their requirements were for traveling with dogs, I noticed that each airlines gave a different crate size, so I'd check into that first.

I flew Alaska Airlines and they required a Florida Health Certificate at check-in. The cost to have him in the cabin with me was $75. I noticed the cost varied from airlines to airlines too.

We had an unexpected 2 hr. delay sitting on the run way, so a 6 hr. flight turned into 8 hrs. Be prepared as much as possible. I had with me:
Pee Pads - which he did use in flight.
Bottled Water
Food & treats
Wipes
Toy
harness & leash
Blankie

He had to stay in the carrier for take off & landing, but other than that they let me hold him.

Have a fabulous trip!!


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