Dogs are possibly the best thing to ever happen to this earth. I have always loved dogs and have had a few growing up! When I moved to LA a couple of years ago, Trev and I got our first dog, Budweiser. Bud was 4 months old when we rescued him from the Los Angeles Humane Society. He was so sweet and little! Trevor was just starting a new season for baseball and he left for Utah the day we adopted Bud. The next year held more traveling than I had ever done! I was on a plane at least 3 times a month. Having Budweiser made things hard because I didn’t want to leave him ever! We ended up looking into getting him certified as an emotional support animal. We went through CertaPet.com and got Bud registered for flying. He was 4 months old when I took him on his first flight. We flew to Utah to watch Trevor’s spring training. When you fly with an emotional support animal you need different information for different airlines. Southwest is the easiest airline to travel with. They only need the certification letter for the animal and then you are good to go! Delta for example, is very difficult when it comes to traveling with an animal. They needed multiple shot records, papers signed by vets, adoption papers, medical papers, etc. If even one thing was off on his paperwork they would freak out. One time they didn’t even let us fly because Buds shots were past due by 4 days! Overall it’s very easy if you travel through the right airline and have a well trained dog. When Bud was a baby I would keep him in a little carrier bag because he had a smaller bladder and I didn’t want him to have any accidents. Most airports have pet relief stations but they’re super gross! When he got older we stopped using a bag, now he just walks around on his leash. If it is a super long travel day I will pack potty pads for him. Listed down below are some great products for traveling with dogs!
Ruff ‘n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen + Carrying Case & Collapsible Travel Bowl. This thing was a lifesaver when Buddy was a puppy and couldn’t roam about freely! We loved it because it was super easy to pack up and take with us. We would just pop it up in hotel rooms when we were traveling for Trevor’s games!
Gooby – Fleece Vest Hoodie, Small Dog Pull Over Hooded Fleece Jacket with Leash Ring. To this day this is Buds favorite hoodie. It fits him so well and has a leash ring! Perfect for flights and airports.
Well & Good Gentle Puppy Grooming Wipes. Having wipes on hand for your pup is crucial while traveling! Everyone wanted to pet Bud and airports are so gross! Whenever kids would put their hands all over him, I would just wipe him down really quick with one of these. So handy for a quick clean.
Nyla Bones. These were perfect to just toss in my bag and then have something to distract Bud when he was a puppy! Puppies can be just like babies on flights. They get super antsy and just want to run around and play. Having a really good bone on hand, that didn’t make a mess or smell, was perfect.
LumoLeaf Collapsable Dog Bowls. This was so awesome because we could set up food and water whenever and wherever we needed! Defs a must.
LumoLeaf Collapsible Dog Bowl,Large Dog Travel Bowl,Foldable Expandable Cup Dish for Pet Dog Cat,Food Grade Silicone BPA Free Food Water Feeding Bowl with Free Aluminum Carabiner,Dishwasher Safe https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFSS182/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FADxEb8N95QV2
If you did want to use a carrier when traveling with your pet, make sure it is airline approved. You do not need to spend $100 on one either. There are a ton on Amazon that will work. If they are not the exact size required on your airline, they won’t let you travel! I linked a few good ones.