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We are spending our 3rd winter on STX this year and want to bring our German Shepard with us, we are concerned about airline travel, any suggestions or comments please help, Thanks

Posted : September 22, 2008 7:59 pm
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ahhhhhh a GSD!!!!! I have a sweet female sable GSD.
You'll need a health certificate, a kennel & try to get the shortest flight & fewest connections possible.
When you make your reservations, be sure to make one for the dog. Airlines only allow so many animals per flight both in cabin & in luggage compartments. You'll also need to pay for him/her to fly as's like 150-200 bucs!
I've flown AA , Delta & Us experience was with Delta, how ever our beast is a service animal & all she knows she just flies
Arrive early, make sure your GSD has pottied & has fresh water in a kennel (see airline size restrictions) & all your paperwork is ready to show the attendants.
If your dog has separation problems, ask your vet for a happy pill to calm him/her down prior to flying. Also YOU stay calm & relaxed, your animal will pick up on your nervousness too!
People fly everyday these days with a pet, so its old hat for the airlines now. Just call your airline of choice & they will help you.
Welcome home snowbird & maybe our shepherds can meet.

Posted : September 23, 2008 1:03 pm
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There is a lot of information about flying with dogs on this site. I found AA were good. Make sure the kennel is big enough because if your dog's ears touch the top they may say it is too small, and I don't know if AA keeps the very large kennels in stock at the airport. As for the "happy pills" from the vet, you may be better off taking them yourself. I gave them to one of my dogs and they made him crazy! He normally gets a bit hyper and excited when he travels, so for the sake of my other (quiet) dog, I gave him the tablets to calm him down. They made him 100x worse. I think islandtyme is right, that the dogs probably pick up on your stress too, and moving is very stressful. Good luck!

Posted : September 23, 2008 3:20 pm
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I also attached some baggies on top of the kennel with treats and a note with my dog's name and asking people to give him treats.

Posted : September 23, 2008 3:27 pm
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Also be careful with large dogs, the kennel and the dog must be under 100lbs to fly on a passenger plane, otherwise you have to do cargo.

Posted : September 23, 2008 7:42 pm
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Also, we had a larger dog and American Eagle (via Puerto Rico) wouldn't accept larger crates so we had to choose a flight going through Miami.

Posted : September 23, 2008 7:57 pm
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As I recall the largest size kennel for American Eagle was either a 400 series or 500 series kennel. If you have a bigger kennel one option is to fly into San Juan on a regular American jet and then transfer to Seaborne airline which can take a kennel one size bigger than American Eagle.

The other options are the twice/week Delta (and possibly American?) jet service directly from U.S. hubs to STX.

Posted : September 24, 2008 1:35 am
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