Advice for Flying Your Poodle. Airline Pet Policies and Pet Fees

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Last updated on March 15th, 2021 at 04:25 am


Flying your Pet Poodle on an Airplane

As a poodle parent, I want my poodle around me all the time because my poodle is my true companion. I do not want to leave my poodle behind when I am away from home. If I need to fly out on a trip, I will like to fly my poodle with me.

So, if you have been putting off your next family trip because you hate the idea of having to leave your family poodle behind, set your fears aside. I have good news for you. You can still keep your poodle with you all of the time when you are on a trip, even if your poodle is not an emotional support animal or a service dog

If you frequently travel for work or other reasons, taking your poodle with you may make the difference between being able to have a dog at all. Having your poodle with you on a work trip can reduce your work stress. Who wouldn’t like to come home to your beloved poodle after a long day on a work trip?  

The rules for flying an emotional support or service poodle are different from the rules of flying a pet poodle. Understandably, the rules are more relaxed for service poodles. The rules used to be less strict on emotional support poodles. However, recently, the Department of Transportation issued stricter guidelines which now makes it less easy to fly emotional support poodles than it used to be. Therefore, airlines are now complying with the guideline by becoming more strict on their rules of flying emotional support animals

In this article, we will tell you all you need to know to fly your pet poodle on a plane, even if your poodle is not a service animal. We have also made you a table that summarizes and compares side by side the policies of major airline policies on flying a pet poodle. This will help you decide which airline to choose then flying your poodle, and what each airline requires. So, let`s get started.

traveling with poodle

Cabin, Cargo, and Checked Poodles

Commercial airliners have three options available for flying with your poodle: cabin, checked in as baggage, and cargo. Only small poodles are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owners. 

Bigger poodles (e.g. adult standard poodles) have to travel in cargo.

All airlines require that your pet poodle be in a kennel carrier (crate) when in the cabin with you.

Some airlines will charge you an extra fee if you want to fly with your poodle, while certain airlines let you fly your poodle for free.

Airline policies differ on what heath documents your poodle needs to have before flying.

It takes some significant planning to have a successful trip with your poodle. Even with the best-laid plans, there is a meaningful possibility of something going wrong. 

However, if your poodle is in good physical condition, and if you carefully do your research (as we have done for you here!), you should be able to fly your poodle on a plane without any problems.

Here are the important things that we will discuss in this article:

  • Flying with a poodle versus flying with other dog breeds
  • Differences in flying for service dogs, emotional support dogs, and pets
  • How your poodle’s size affects how the airline will let your poodle fly
  • Flying your poodle in-cabin vs cargo
  • How to prepare your poodle for air travel
  • US states with restrictions on flying poodles
  • Airline pet fees
  • What pet owners say about how airlines treat their pets and BringFido ratings of airlines
  • Why the airline or TSA might deny your pet to fly and how to avoid this problem
  • Choosing a kennel carrier for your poodle’s flight
  • Should you sedate your poodle on a flight?
  • How to book your flight when flying with a poodle
  • How to make your poodle’s experience on a plane a good one
  • What to consider when your fly direct versus flying with a layover with a poodle
  • How not to lose your poodle during air travel!
  • How to reduce your pet`s anxiety and stress on a flight

How We Did Our Research

Armed with our knowledge of the poodle breed, we carefully examined the rules and regulations for each airline and how it applies to traveling with a poodle. We researched the policies of these major commercial airlines:

• Alaska Airlines

• American Airlines

• Alaska Airlines

• Delta Air Lines

• Hawaiian Airlines

• JetBlue Airways

• Southwest Airlines

• United Airlines

We also looked at Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) policy on flying poodles.

We considered ratings and reviews of airlines on BringFido to help summarize users’ experience for each airline. 

Traveling with a poodle

If you must travel by airplane with a dog, a poodle is a great choice. It is easier to travel with a poodle than some other dog breeds because of the following reasons:

Poodles are Not a Banned Dog Breed on Airplanes

Some dog breeds with short noses, such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, some Mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and Bulldogs, are not allowed to be taken in airplanes at all, not even as checked-in baggage or in the hold of airplanes. This is because such dogs are prone to breathing problems. Flying these dogs on an airplane can be fatal.

Thankfully, poodles have a long nose. They do not have a tendency to have breathing problems. Therefore, no size of poodle is banned on any Airline.

Toy and Miniature Poodles come in Sizes Convenient for Air Travel

Toy poodles can nearly always be taken in the cabin with you. Miniature poodles often can travel in the carrier as well, depending on the airline, although larger individuals may be too big for the cabin. 

A standard poodle, if not a service animal, needs to be checked in as baggage or transported in the cargo hold. This is because standard poodles are big dogs, and they will likely exceed the size limit for dogs for an in-cabin flight.

Nevertheless, standard poodles are better suited for flying in cargo than some other breeds for a couple of reasons:

Why Standard Poodles Travel Well in Airplanes

  • Not brachycephalic. Brachycephalic dogs have shorter heads and noses and a flatter face, which makes breathing more difficult. These dogs are much more likely to suffer from breathing-related health problems or even die when transported in an airplane. However, poodles are not Brachycephalic. 
  • Variable coat. A standard poodle’s coat is easy to trim or grow out. That lets them adapt for different climates depending on your destination.  Flying in winter? Make sure that your poodle has their coat grown out to accommodate cooler weather. Flying in summer? Clip your poodle short so that they won`t overheat. Even if you`re flying your poodle in the cabin where there`s temperature control, periods that your poodle is waiting on the loading deck can still be uncomfortable in a kennel.
  • Intelligent and trainable. Some breeds do not respond well to being crated at all, much less put in a kennel for hours at a time. However, the Standard poodle is one of the most intelligent and trainable of all dogs. You can easily train your poodle to behave well during air travel. If you prepare your poodle for the trip by training them for the kennel, they will have a pleasant journey

Why Toy and Miniature poodles are Excellent Cabin Companions

If your toy or miniature poodle is small enough to travel in the cabin with you, you will likely find them lovely traveling companions for a few great reasons:

Hypoallergenic. Allergy sufferers may have a hard time being near you if you have most breeds. However, a freshly bathed poodle is unlikely to cause a bad allergic response. Therefore, your poodle is unlikley to trigger the allergies of other passengers on the airplane.

Intelligent and intuitive. Unlike some small breeds that may yap the entire time they`re in the cabin with you (making you the least liked person on the plane), your toy or miniature poodle can be trained to travel quietly and be respectful of other passengers.

Convenient Size: Toys are very small. At no more than 10 inches and weighing from 4 to 6 lbs, toy poodles are truly tiny. They`ll not only fit in a carrier under your seat but they will also be quite comfortable. 

*Do you want to be confident that you can take your poodle with you in the cabin on all flights? It is best to get a toy poodle. Toy poodles are small enough to fit into kennel carriers that fit pretty much all airlines` requirements. Most of the time, miniature poodles will fit as well, but some individuals or some airlines may require them to be checked.

Poodles that are Easy to Fly with

Dogs that serve a role for their handlers that is greater than pets have different rights. Poodles of all three sizes are frequently trained to be service dogs, emotional support, or working dogs in scent detection for the police or military. 

These types of dogs have different rules and regulations than pets. If your poodle meets one of these specifications, look into exactly what will be required for you to travel by air. Here is a quick summary of special poodles and their circumstances:

Flying Poodles trained as Service Dogs

Poodles that are service dogs have very extensive rights. They can travel in the cabin with their owner regardless of their size. You should not have to pay an extra fee, although an extra seat may be required to accommodate them. 

Your dog is a service dog if it is extremely well trained to perform a specific behavior to assist you because of a diagnosed disability.

Flying Emotional Support Poodles

Poodles that are emotional support animals are extended some extra rights, but their rights don`t go as far as those of service dogs.

Your poodle is an emotional support animal if they are prescribed by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist to give you relief from a mental health condition without performing a specific task.

Up until recently, emotional support animals are generally allowed the right to be in the cabin of the plane regardless of size. However, recently the department of transportation issued stricter rules on flying emotional support animals, and most airlines now do not allow big dogs in cabins, even if the dog is are emotional support dogs. These new stricter rules also apply to poodles.

Police and Military poodles

poodles that are trained for use in the military or police are not guaranteed special rights by law, but many airlines make special accommodations for them. If your poodle fits this characteristic, talk to the airline you are considering about any extra options that they have. 

air travel with poodle

How to Prepare for Air Travel With Your poodle

There is a lot that you can do to get your pet ready to travel. Preparing properly will make the experience less stressful for you and your poodle.

Veterinary and Documentation needed for your Poodle to Fly

Follow all airline recommendations for veterinary screening and health certificates. Ask your veterinarian for original extra copies in case anything goes wrong.

  • Get all vaccinations that may be required, including ones that are just to protect your dog even if not required by the airline or destination. For example, a Bordetella, or kennel cough, vaccination will protect your dog if they end up going into a kennel during a layover or if they are around other dogs in the plane. 
  • Be sure that you know what is required for the state that you are going to and any state that you will layover in.
  • Bring copies of your pet`s medical records, not just vaccination records, to be extra safe in case someone questions your pet`s health. Proving that your pet is wheezing because of a chronic collapsing trachea may prevent someone from thinking they have a contagious condition.
  • Be sure you have your vet’s phone number handy when taking your poodle on a flight
  • Make sure you have good communication with the staff when boarding your poodle. Let them know of any medical, physical, behavioral or emotional conditions that your poodle may have. Be sure they know all the medications your poodle is taking and how to administer it.

How not to Lose Your Poodle on a Flight

To ensure that your poodle does not get lost in air transit, especially if your poodle flies as a cargo:

  • Label the crate and your dog. Have metal labels made to label your poodle’s crate, don`t rely on laminated paper. Put several metal labels on your pet`s crate. 
  • Have your poodle microchipped and make sure that the microchip contact information is up-to-date.
  • Have a collar made with contact information stitched into it so that your pet does not have to wear metal tags, which could be stuck in the carrier. 
  • Take a photo of your poodle and keep it with you in your wallet in case your poodle goes missing.
  • Get to the airport on time to make sure you iron out everything with the TSA and the airline. You do not want to plan things hastily. Haste can be disastrous. 

Training your Poodle for a Flight and Other Preparations

It is best to train your poodle repeatedly with everything that they will have to experience. Here are a few examples of recommended training.

  • Crate train your poodle so they will be used to staying peacefully in a crate for the period that they will be on the airplane, whether in the cabin, checked in, or in the hold. 
  • Train your poodle to be acclimated to loud, crowded spaces that are large and echoing
  • Train your poodle to be acclimated to having their crate picked up and handled
  • Train your poodle to go through a metal detector by training them to go through doorways
  • Train your poodle to be comfortable when taken in and out of a carrier to go through security
  • Training your poodle to handled for health inspection if necessary
  • Train your poodle to be comfortable being handled by strangers
  • Train your poodle to be comfortable around other dogs, even if those dogs are acting aggressively

Gently condition your dog to anything that they may find stressful about the experience of flying. Provide them with plenty of positive reinforcement along the way.

*If your dog experiences extreme anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about medication to help relieve that anxiety

Should You Sedate Your poodle for Flight?

We do not recommend sedating your poodle for a flight because sedation can have very unpredictable and dangerous effects on your poodle at higher altitudes. In fact, some airlines bar pet owners from sedating pets for a flight. However, a mild prescription medication for anxiety is generally just fine. Talk to your veterinarian about what kind of medications might be useful for your dog. 

Other Preparations 

  • Find out from the airline if you have to use their crate or if you can use any approved airline crate.
  • Try to book a direct flight during off-times. This will be less stressful for your poodle.
  • Be sure the crate is the correct size for your poodle. It should be big enough that your poodle can stand, lie down and turn around comfortably.
  • Be sure that there is identification on the crate as well as on your poodle.
  • Don’t use a choke chain collar on your poodle while traveling, only a flat buckle collar.
  • Be sure to have the leash handy.
  • Do you need to provide food and water dishes? Some longer flights require that your poodle be fed. Check with the airline
  • Find out from the airline how many hours you need to arrive at the airport before your flight
  • Find out if there are certain times of the year when pets can or cannot travel due to weather conditions.
  • If your poodle will fly as cargo or as checked baggage, inquire where the pickup area is at your arrival destination.

Prepare for Your Destination

Preparing for the journey isn`t all you need to think about when you are getting ready to travel with your poodle. You will need to be sure that you comply with your destination`s health requirements. 

Check beforehand that your destination hotel or house allows pets.

Since poodles are not a banned or restricted breed anywhere in the continental United States, you won`t have to worry about restrictions about them wherever you travel. 

However, there may be different restrictions where you are going than where you are. You may be accustomed to loose leash laws, whereas your destination has very strict regulations about keeping your pet leashed. If you are going somewhere very different than where you are in regards to climate, population density, or anything else, it is wise to prepare your poodle. 

Do you live in a more rural area, but are heading to an urban destination? Get your poodle used to being in more crowded areas and around groups of people. If you typically spend most of your time outside but will need to go indoors a lot, practice bringing your dog inside until they are very accustomed to it. You want as few surprises as possible, both at the airport and when you get to where you`re going. 

Going to the Airport

Get to the airport as early as your schedule will allow. You usually can`t check in more than a few hours before take-off. However, if you`re worried about finding your way to the airport or calming your dog down before the flight, it`s best to give yourself as much time as possible. 

Remember to keep yourself in a calm state of mind so that your poodle follows suit. Do not rush or act frantically, and this will cause your poodle to experience additional stress.

TSA Security Guidelines (If your poodle will be flying in Cabin)

It is important that you not only understand the security that you and your poodle will go through, but you need to also train your poodle to accept this experience. Doing so will make it much more comfortable for you and your dog. If your poodle is traveling with you in the cabin, you will both be screened at the security checkpoint.

Here are some tips for you if your poodle will got through a security checkpoint:

  • You will keep your poodle in the carrier until just before the screening process.
  • Never put your poodle through the X-ray tunnel. Instead, place the empty carrier on the X-ray belt.
  • Carry your pet through the metal detector or walk them through on a leash.
  • Expect that your hands may be swabbed with a detector to look for explosive residue. Think of how you would handle this with you holding your poodle`s leash.
  • Put your pet back in the travel carrier in the designated area. Be sure that you are clear of other passengers who may not want contact with your pet.

If your poodle is too big to fly in the cabin, then it will fly as cargo. Here are some important tips for you if your poodle will travel as cargo:

  • Make sure you have good communication with the staff when boarding your poodle. Let them know of any medical, physical, behavioral or emotional conditions that your poodle may have. Be sure they know all the medications your poodle is taking and how to administer it.
  • Ask what their schedule is for checking on the dogs and if they are trained to notice signs of illness or distress. 
  • Ask about their security measures. Do they have a security alarm? You wouldn’t want your precious poodle stolen!
  • Make sure you tell the staff if your poodle is a climber or digger, so they can keep a closer eye on it or put it in a covered kennel so it can’t escape. Also, ask what measures they take to separate your poodle from more aggressive dogs.

Pet Airline Charges and How to Minimize Them

Airlines vary in what they charge for you to bring your pet with you, whether they fly with you in the cabin, go into the hold, or are checked in as baggage. Shop around to find a good deal if you will be traveling with your pet often. 

If you have two small poodles, look for an airline that allows you to put them in a carrier together, minimizing your costs. Price varies depending on whether the pet goes on the plane with you, is checked in, or is kept in the hold. 

Sometimes the cost is the same, and sometimes one or the other costs more. Look through our prices listed in the table below to help you determine which line will be most affordable for you.

BringFido Ratings of Airlines for Dog Friendliness

When picking an airline for your poodle, you will want to check how dog friendly the airline is. BringFido.com is a website that collects the reviews of dog owners about their experiences flying their dog with the airline. We also summarized the BringFido ratings of major airlines in a summary table at the end of this article. 

Keep in mind that customer reviews are not always fair to the airlines. Each airline has different numbers of reviews, which can affect the rating. If you are considering an airline, it`s not a bad idea to scan through the reviews for that airline to see what kinds of problems customers had. 

Many customer complaints are related to not understanding the rules properly. For instance, customers complain that their pet is not provided with food and water when the regulations clearly indicate that these things must be provided ahead of time by the owner and that the cage will not be open while in transit.

Check out what reviews say about exactly the services that you’ll need, whether you’ll be traveling with your poodle in the cabin with you or checked in. Experiences vary greatly depending on whether the pet is checked in or not. 

One thing that seems clear from the reviews across the board is that even if some attendants let things slide, like a health clearance on a script instead of letterhead, but not all attendants will. It’s important to be as compliant as possible with all regulations, even if you’ve been able to slip by in the past. The last thing you need is for a sudden problem to come up that’s never happened before. Telling the attendant that other attendants have let it slip is unlikely to solve the problem. 

Comparisons of Airlines based on Pet Transport Policy

Airline
Vet Paper Work Needed
Extra Charge for Pet
Airline Recommended kennel Size for poodle
States this Airline do not fly dogs to
How to book (online or call?)
Time to arrive at airport before checking in
Your poodle In-cabin or in cargo
Minimum layover allowed for travelers with a poodle
How many pets allowed per passenger
Airline BringFido rating for dog-friendliness
Minimum Age for Poodle to fly
Special Notes

Pets must be in good health to travel. Pets in the cargo compartment must have a health certificate from within 10 days of beginning the journey and 30 days of the return date. If pets are traveling on a different return flight, they must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of the flight. No health certificate is needed if your poodle travels in the cabin with you, but you will need to contact the state veterinarian at your destination to find out what documentation is required for that state.

$100 USD each way for baggage or cabin

Hard-sided:17″ x 11″ x 7.5″Soft-sided:17″ x 11″ x 9.5″

Special requirements for Hawaii, Kotzebue, and Nome.

Contact Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522

Standard time of arrival, allow some extra time for pet

Either subject to availability

No minimum layover, especially in case of inclement weather, but kennels provided for your poodle during layover as long as it does not exceed 150 lbs (which your poodle should not)

Two poodles may be kept in two carriers in the main cabin if the adjacent seat is purchased by the customer as well. You can also keep two poodles in one carrier provided they are small enough. Space in hold subject to availability. Cabin or hold subject to availability. Cabin or hold subject to availability

3.2 out of 5 from 25 reviews

8 weeks old and fully weaned

Alaska Airlines flights 2000-2999 or flights 3300-3499 may not check pets in the baggage or cargo compartments during the following dates:


November 15, 2020 – January 10, 2021


Pets can’t travel in cargo in Airbus flights.

The health certificate you provide must be issued by a vet within:


10 days of your travel60 days of your return (travel on the same ticket)10 days of your return (travel on a separate ticket)

$200 per kennel as checked pet$125 per kennel as carry on

Depends on aircraft:A321T 500 series kennel or smaller 46 inchesB737-800 400 series kennel or smaller 28 inchesB777-200 / 300 500 series kennel or smaller 63 inchesB787-800 / 900 500 series kennel or smaller 63 inchesA330-200 / 300 200 series kennel or smaller 22 inches

Special requirements for Hawaii

Contact Reservations in advance through phone or email

Allow extra time, but you can’t check pets in more than 4 hours before your flight

Either subject to availability and size of dog

No minimum layover, you’ll need to reclaim your pet and check them back in for long layovers

One carrier as carry on with up to two poodles. If two poodles, they must be between 8 weeks and 6 months old. Cabin or hold subject to availability

2.7 out of 5 by 65 reviews

8 weeks old and fully weaned

*Checked pets cannot travel to / through / from Phoenix (PHX), Tucson (TUS), Las Vegas (LAS) or Palm Springs (PSP) May 1 – September 30.

A health certificate is needed to ship your pet as cargo and for all pets checked as baggage, such as those traveling with a U.S. Military or U.S. State Department Foreign Service Office Member.It must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport. It covers the animals age and whether they are in good health and pregnant or not pregant.

$125 per kennel for carry on

Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. Contact

or call at 800-221-1212 to find the appropriate kennel size and make reservations for your pet. Reservations are first come first serve.

Special requirements for Hawaii

Contact

to book and find out kennel size

No extra time should be required. Check pet in when you check in, as long as you made reservations ahead of time

Either subject to availability and size of dog

No minimum layover, you’ll need to reclaim your pet and check them back in for long layovers

2 poodles of the same age between 10 weeks and 6 months can travel in a kennel at no additional charge. Cabin or hold subject to availability

2.3 out of 5 from 111 reviews

10 weeks old

Hawaii is rabies free and has strict regulations about rabies vaccinations. Contact the

– Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine Department for information about entering Hawaii with your pet.


When traveling within Hawaii, no health certificate is required.


When traveling from Hawaii to North America, a health certificate within 14 days is required. When coming from Mainland North America to Hawaii, a new certiicate is required if more than 30 days have passed since the return flight’s arrival date.

$35 wihin Hawaii. $175 from Hawaii to Noth America

Length 16 in. X Width 10 in. X Height 9.5 in. and not to exceed 25 lbs

Dogs allowed on all flights out of Hawaii and within Hawaii

Book your pet in the passenger cabin at the same time you make your own flight reservations. Subject to space available. Call Hawaiian Airlines Reservations. Book at least 48 hours before you intend to travel.

Allow time for inspection of your pet for health clearance

Cabin only on inter-island flights and when leaving Hawaii. On flights into Hawaii, pets must be in the cargo. Pets that are check in can’t exceed 70 lbs. Larger pets are tranported in cargo hold.

No minimum layover, you’ll need to reclaim your pet and check them back in for long layovers

2 poodles of the same age between 8 weeks and 6 months can travel together, provided the weight does not exceed 25 lbs. Cabin or hold subject to availability

2.5 out of 5 from 31 reviews

8 weeks old

You will need your pet’s vaccination and documentation records according to destination state requirements.

$125 each way

17″L x 12.5″W x 8.5″H.

Special requirements for Hawaii

Pre-book online or call. Final pet of flight can be booked within 24 hours of departure

Allow some extra time for check in, but pet should not affect check in time significantly if you have pre-booked their flight

Cabin and carry on available, no cargo shipping

No minimum layover, you’ll need to reclaim your pet and check them back in for long layovers

Only one poodle as carry on, weight of pet and carrier not to exceed 20 lbs. Cabin subject to availability

3 out of 5 from 31 reviews

8 weeks old

Custom pet carriers that weigh 2 pounds available at the airport for $50

Must be up to date on vaccinations

$95 each way per carrier

The Southwest Airlines Pet Carrier (17” long x 9.5” high x 10” wide).Other pet carriers with maximum dimensions of 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide.

Don’t allow pets to travel to Hawaii. special requirements for Puerto Rico

Make reservations in advance by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).

No extra time should be necessary if your pet is pre-booked. Check in and pay the Pet Fare before going to the departure gate.

Only carry on pets allowed. No cargo or checked baggage options.

No minimum layover, you’ll need to reclaim your pet and check them back in for long layovers

Two poodles allowed per carrier, provided they don’t exceed weight.

3.6 out of 5 from 88 reviews

8 weeks old

Southwest Airlines branded pet carrier for $58 (tax included) at any Southwest Airport Ticket Counter or online

Requires health certificate issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian who examines your pet within 10 days of travel

$125 each way and $125 for each stopover of more than 4 hours

All must be under 34″


100 21 L x 16 W x 15 H 7 200 28 L x 20.5 W x 21.5 H 13300 32 L x 22.5 W x 24 H 18400 36 L x 25 W x 27 H 24500 40 L x 27 W x 30 H 32 All600/PP90 52 L x 32 W x 32.5 H 47

Special requirements for Hawaii

Call or book online. First come first serve.

Allow some extra time for check in, but pet should not affect check in time significantly if you have pre-booked their flight

No cargo shipping. Checked animals kept in climate-controlled and pressurized space.

No minimum layover, but on-site kennels and off-site facilities available for layovers

Two poodles younger than six months can travel in a crate together as long as total weight is under 20 pounds. Two poodles can be brought in separate carriers with an additional pet fee. Cabin subject to availability

2.6 out of 5 from 83 reviews

16 weeks old


Alternatives to Flying with your Poodle

Is all of the work, concerns, and possible danger of flying with your poodle making you reconsider doing it at all? You`ll be glad to know that there are some great alternatives to flying. 

If you`ve never been separated from your poodle before, the thought of leaving them behind can be anxiety-provoking. However, if your poodle is healthy, socialized, and well-adjusted, they should do just fine being away from you. Here are some great alternatives to taking your dog with you on an airplane:

A Pet Sitter for your Poodle

A pet sitter enables your dog to remain in their own home in their familiar environment, dramatically reducing their stress. You can hire a dedicated pet sitter to live in your home while you`re away to take care of your pet, or you can have them come by for frequent visits. If you`d rather, some pet sitters also will take care of your pet in their home. 

Be sure that the pet sitter you choose comes with extensive references. Take time to interview the pet sitter and watch them interact with your poodle. If you have any misgivings whatsoever, keep looking. You want to feel good about the pet sitter that you leave your furchild with.

airplane poodle

A Boarding Facility

If you are imagining a row of scary cages like an animal shelter, think again. Boarding facilities have improved dramatically as dogs have come to occupy a central role in American lives. 

You can find boarding facilities with full rooms and suites for your poodle. Other boarding facilities allow your poodle to play safely with other pets in a controlled environment during their boarding experience.

Most boarding facilities are also paired with other services such as veterinary and grooming. That means you can feel confident that your dog will have access to medical care if needed. You can also pick up a freshly groomed poodle in the cut of your choice by utilizing the grooming services. Board and train facilities can help to work on behavioral problems while you`re away. 

Whatever boarding facility you are considering, do your research and tour the facility before you book. Ensure that the company is transparent and allows you access to all of the various areas. Look through reviews and be sure that you feel confident leaving your fur baby with this facility. In general, large, well-equipped facilities that are connected to veterinary hospitals are your best bet.

Have a Great Trip With Your Poodle!

Your poodle is a part of your family, so it`s no surprise that you want to bring them everywhere with you. Thankfully, airlines are often quite accommodating in helping you to safely and comfortably bring your poodle with you on your next trip. Be sure to do extensive research on the airline you choose and on your destination to make sure that you don`t run into any surprises along the way. 

If you need to go on a trip in a week or two, it`s probably not best for you to take your poodle with you. Ideally, you will take at least a couple of months to do your research, prepare your poodle, and get everything ready for a safe and successful trip.

At your destination, allow your poodle to recover from the stress of traveling. Just like you do, pets can also suffer from jet lags!

poodle at destination after flight

Additional References

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/travel-safely-your-pet-car-airplane-ship-or-train

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/how-to-fly-with-pet-on-airplane/

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