Flying Private with Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

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Your dog is a member of your family and by your side every minute of the day. So, why should your vacations be any different? When you head out on a getaway, share the experience with your pup. Seeing the world together can make you both feel good. 

There are a couple of ways you can make this adventure possible. 

You could book a commercial ticket and fly with your fur pup either in a carry-on under the seat in front of you — or as checked baggage in the cargo. Determining the right option for your dog will depend on their breed, their size, their weight, etc., as well as what your heart can handle.

Of course, you could always forget commercial air travel altogether and bring your pup right on board with you on a private jet. 

If this sounds like the best idea, here is everything you need to know about flying private with dogs. 

Booking Your Travel

One thing’s for sure, when flying via a private jet, you don’t have to worry about jumping through hoops to be able to take your dog with you on a flight. In fact, booking your trip is very easy. 

You will want to make your intentions known when scheduling because many charter companies often have a fleet of pet-friendly jets for you to choose from. That way, your dog will be able to roam free onboard. 

Commercial jets always charge a fee for bringing your pet, but that isn’t always the case with private jets. Many charter companies base it on certain circumstances or when traveling on certain jets in the fleet. This fee is usually nominal, but it is always best to discuss any fees with your specific charter company.

Visiting the Vet Before Travel

A couple of weeks before you travel, schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Let them know you will be traveling and what your travel itinerary looks like. 

Your vet will likely do a thorough examination to confirm that your dog is healthy enough to take flight. If any vaccinations are needed, they will be given. A health certificate stating that your dog is of good health and free of diseases, ticks, worms, etc. will also be drawn up. And, finally, a travel passport for your pup will be created by the vet containing all identifying information for your dog, such as breed, color, gender, markings, and microchip information.

Traveling outside of the country? If so, you will need to have your veterinarian prepare two specific documents: a certificate of vaccination proving that your dog has up-to-date rabies or distemper vaccines and a valid veterinary certificate confirming regulations for the country of departure, country of destination, and any transit airports. 

It is very important to have all of this information when traveling with your fur pup. 

The Day of Your Flight

On the day of your flight, be sure to limit your dog’s intake of food and water. After all, the more they eat and drink, the greater the chance they will need to relieve themselves. Except, that isn’t possible when you are thousands of feet above the grass. Just be sure to give your dog lots of fresh water as soon as you land. 

Taking your pet out for some exercise on the day of the flight is also beneficial. This will help to get out any pent-up energy so that they can relax and be more comfortable on the jet. 

Did your vet prescribe some calming relief for your dog? If so, you will want to give your dog the medication as prescribed just before you leave. This will help your pet relax and enjoy the flight a little more. 

Don’t Forget the Extras

When traveling on a private jet with your dog, you don’t have to worry about keeping them in a crate under the seat — or in a crate at all, unless you want to. But there are a few things you may want to bring with you to keep your dog safe while traveling. 

  • A restraint. A leash with a harness or a seat restraint is important. Just as you buckle up to stay safe on a flight when taking off and landing, you don’t want your pooch to go tumbling about. If your dog is small, your arms can be a great way to protect them during these times. However, larger dogs are going to need something to keep them safe. 
  • A muzzle. This will depend on your dog, the breed, and their temperament. If you aren’t sure how they will react around others or on a plane, investing in a muzzle is always a good idea. Just be sure to practice so your dog is comfortable with it before it is time for your flight. 
  • Training pads. Your dog may be very well trained on when and where to use the bathroom. However, sometimes having to go mid-air just happens. This may be due to having too much to eat or drink or it could be nerves. Bring training pads to put down just in case. 

You want your pup to be as comfortable as possible while traveling, so bring the things specific to your pet that will help make that happen. 

Treat Your Pet to Luxury Air Travel

If we are being honest, there is really only one true way to fly with your dog — and that is via the luxury of a private jet. Your dog is too important to stuff away like luggage. Your best fur friend deserves to be sitting right by you in-cabin. And that’s precisely how you will travel with Sun Air Jets

When booking your flight, simply let your charter team know that you will be bringing your dog along with you so that the appropriate accommodations can be taken care of.

All you have to worry about is making sure your pup is set to travel and pack your bags. 

To learn more or book your flight, contact us today!

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