Check out these tips for bringing your hunting dog on the airplane with you.
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Your hunting dog is not just a pet, your hunting dog is your partner in the field and more important than your camouflage or gun. Having YOUR dog with you can make or break the day. But when your hunt takes you far away from home, and you are flying instead of driving, do you know your options for bringing your trusted partner with you?
Check out these tips for bringing your dog on an airplane with you smoothly and safely.
The TSA has one rule, and only one rule, about flying with any kind of pet:
You must take your pet through the security screening checkpoint after checking the dog and crate as freight. You can go through the metal detector with your dog or have a physical screening by a TSA agent, but they will never x-ray the animal.
Unfortunately, in this case, satisfying TSA is the easy part. The hard part is getting your loyal pet squared away with the airline.
Every airline is different so check with your carrier in advance. But in general, here is what you will need to do.
No more than 10 days ahead of time, you need to go to the vet and get a statement that your pet’s vaccines are up to date and the animal is fit to fly. For the return flight, the document must be dated within 30 days.
Check the weather: it shouldn’t be too hot or too cold on the runway. Generally the safe zone is between 25 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Know the dimensions of your airline-approved crate and the weight with your pet inside. Label the crate with your animal’s name and your telephone number on the side of the crate. Make sure your animal has a collar with the standard contact info on it as well.
Make sure to have food and water dispensers that are compliant with the airline.
Don’t forget a leash!
It won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap, but for hunters who have trained their own dog, hunting with someone else’s dog is like drag racing with a rental car. So if you are thinking about flying your pet to your destination check with your airline, follow these tips, consult with your vet, weigh the risk, and decide if flying with your pet is right for you.