Arlines literally canceled THOUSANDS of flights over Memorial Day Weekend 2022. With airlines canceling even more on a daily basis, how can you make sure your trip with your service dog is as successful as possible with this new world of consistent flight irregularities? Good question, here are some tips and tricks we recommend our students follow when traveling with a service dog:
- Pack at least THREE days worth of your dogs food in your carry on. Yup, that’s right, you might get stranded at the airport for days and you do not want to run out of your dogs food when you don’t have access to easy transportation to get you to a pet food store.
- Make sure you have AS MUCH DOCUMENTATION AS POSSIBLE that you dog has had training and is a service dog. This includes training records, shot records, doctor records and even videographic proof of your dogs performing tasks. We just had one of our students report that her dog was labeled a “cat” in an airlines system on purpose to prevent the dog from being able to fly. This is why we choose to work with STEREOTYPICAL breeds and make sure your airline has as much info as possible to prove your dog is what you say it is.