Simple Pet Carrier Tips for Traveling with a Dog

Looking to getaway with your pet!  You’re going to need to invest in a good carrier. Here are 3 simple tips to keep in mind:

1. Make sure your carrier is airline compliant.
a) Be sure to check with the airline for the allowable dimensions of the carrier. The bag must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Keep in mind that some airlines do not allow pets in the cabin, or in certain sections of the plane. This may be especially true if the section you are sitting in has lay down flat beds.
b) Be sure the carrier has plenty of ventilation and is big enough for your pup to lay down
comfortably, sit up, and turn around.
c) You will want to make sure your carrier is sturdy with lots of pockets for storage, made of a material that is easy to clean, has lots of ventilation, security tether straps inside, solid zippers, plenty of pockets and, perhaps a band at the back so you can slide it down the handle of your luggage.

2. Use positive reinforcement to help your pet feel safe and comfortable 
a) Putting treats inside the carrier is always a good motivator to help them feel comfortable in their new environment.
b) Use positive reinforcement when your pup goes into carrier.
c) Include their favorite blanket, mat, or small toys inside to help them feel safe.

3. Start off by putting your pup in the carrier for errands
a) Get your pup used to an enclosed carrier environment for short periods of time.
b) Start with 5-10-minute increments, and gradually increase the time as they become more
c) Bring them to places in the carrier that they like or are familiar with and have had positive
experiences. Their favorite park for example. DO NOT start with a trip to the Vet.
A good carrier will help you travel with confidence.  Be confident and relaxed and your pup will feed off your good energy.


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