It’s that time of year again — time to pile into the car, or the plane, and go see the family for the holidays. This time you’re bringing your small dog with you, and Dog Jaunt is here to help! Take a look at this collection of Dog Jaunt posts — each contains links to additional, more detailed posts, but I thought you might find it helpful to have our big overview articles in one place for easy reference.
Traveling by car?
Traveling by plane?
Start by determining whether your dog is the right size to travel in-cabin with you. If so, you’ll need to buy her a carrier that will fit under the seat in front of you. Refer to Dog Jaunt’s charts setting out the in-cabin pet policies of the major U.S. airlines and the major international airlines.
Once you have that in hand, here’s an overview of how plane travel with an in-cabin dog works. Depending on the airline, you may be able to pull her carrier out onto your lap during flight (though she has to remain completely inside). Schedule a long layover, if you’re changing planes, so you have time to get your dog out to a pet relief area and back. If you’re on a very long flight, here’s a tip for handling emergency bathroom breaks.
Here’s Dog Jaunt’s travel and packing checklist to get you started. However you decide to travel, keep your dog’s gear organized. If you’re staying at a hotel, be sure to dog-proof your hotel room as soon as you arrive.