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Hi All!

Rango is coming with me this Friday morning to Miami, FL to visit my very best friend (her pup--a chocolate Havanese--is his best friend, so I definitely couldn’t leave him behind), and it will be his first time on an airplane. We’re from Philadelphia, so it’s a short non-stop flight, about 2.5 hours. He’s generally really well-behaved and calm, and normally just hangs out in his backpack or sits on my lap and observes everything going on without making a peep. I’m thinking he’ll probably just fall asleep on me during the flight and everything will be fine, however, I’m wondering if anyone has any tips or “hacks” for flying with your little pup because I am just a touch nervous.

Practical notes: he eats meals in the evenings (and, therefore, won’t be full of food or need to poop in the morning), and is trained to do his “business” on pads (I guess I could lay one down in the bathroom if necessary).

Other than these things, is there anything I’m overlooking or should know before getting to the airport early Friday morning?

Thank you in advance everybody, and happy holidays!
 

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Just a couple hours should be really fine for Rango. I would just call the airlines to double check their suggestions and their policy for containment, etc. He may whine a bit at first but will settle down shortly after he is used to being separated by the crate and under the seat ahead of you (if that is the policy). Don't worry about anything-the normal things like a little walk before and after, waiting to feed until after arriving if an am or early pm flight. Airlines are strict but not unreasonable. I've seen it all traveling with Lolli from Cancun, Europe or even here in the states. I was really nervous at first but learned it's absolutely nothing at all. There have been 'escapees' on flights I have been on (one tiny baby was extremely entertaining; luckily Lolli was out cold from the medicine given to her. It was a 14 hour flight with 4 hour lay over; the little escaped shi tzu pup ran right by her under the seat and she slept on, lol). I was wound tight as can be but all was well. Honestly, it will be a wonderful way to spend a vacation with Rango.

Just get ready for some attention and smiles at his cuteness (smile). Enjoy your time here in Fl!
 

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Thank you so much for sharing your encouragement and experience! Rango is actually my Service Dog, so he will be on my lap for the flight, and I've already called ahead to American Airlines to let them know that I'll be traveling with a Service Dog. So far, they've been very polite and professional with accommodating us.

I'll try to update this post or start another to share my experience and any tips I can think of along the way.

Thank you again!
 

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I flew with 2 chi's (my roommate had one) from Midway to Manchester NH. But they had to go under the seat. I bought 2 carriers from Southwest so they couldn't say that they weren't 'the right kind'. They did great. No one, even the man that sat in the same row knew they were on board. Good luck on your flight. Have fun and don't worry. Mine lasted 8 hours until they got into the motel, and their pee pads were down, did they 'do' any business. I stopped many times, but nope they waited.
 

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I have flown with my chi's to numerous locations. Before we travel we get them ready by carrying them in their carrier more then usually to get them
use to it. I always make sure we have them on our reservations cause they have a cap on how many pets can be in the cabin. Also they must stay under the seat and remain enclosed in their bag. Our last flight from Seattle to Hawaii was hard for our older chi the last hour of the flight, my daughter actually his him under our blanket to calm him down, but of course the airline attending would tell her to put him back in our carrier, but as soon as the attendant was gone we would hide him under our blanket. What were they going to do throw us off, lol. But since he is your service dog you should be ok.
 

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I flew on one trip with my dog, and he was totally great. He is the type that doesn't mind anything going on as long as he is near me, so he was pretty calm the whole time. With him being a service dog and used to being in a variety of settings (I assume) he should take it all in stride. Just be prepared for plenty of attention as you more through the airports!
 

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Just thought I'd post a brief update--Rango was AWESOME during both flights. He was very curious and definitely watched everything that was going on, but was his typical calm, quiet, polite boy self. I did get tons of attention, and he handled that perfectly as well. Probably about 20 people, no exaggeration, complimented him and how well-behaved he was. The best part was him snoozing away on my lap on the return flight while there were two "children" SCREAMING their heads off in the row beside me. Proud momma moment for sure.
 

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I recently flew with two of my Chis in a divided carrier (in cabin). The flight was just about two hours. I about worried myself sick but they were perfect. Since they are under the seat in front of us, they know we are near. The only thing that was a tiny bit difficult was I had to take both out of the carrier and they did some special security scans while I held them and I walked though security. I was afraid they would start to freak but they didn't.
 

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I wondered why you had to take your dog out of its carrier and walk through security holding them? I read years back that some drug dealers forced bags of drugs down a dogs throat. I gather they were larger dogs; like labs or retrievers.
 

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Susan--it's true. You do have to take the dog out of its carrier when going through TSA. I have a little backpack that I keep Rango in so I can have my hands free (he absolutely LOVES it because he can just sit and watch everything), and the TSA agent had me remove him even though I informed him that Rango is my service dog. He was very polite and professional and explained that the bag still needs to go through the scanner but that I could just carry Rango through the metal detector with me. They also swabbed my hands both times. Perhaps people have used dogs to smuggle explosives also?
 

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One of my chi's is my service dog. Rango is the only other chi I've heard of that is a service dog. When flying and at other times I get a lot of surprise and disbelief that such a tiny dog, Pearl is 3.6 lbs., can be a service dog. As we are not required to explain just what our dogs do for us I have been able to talk my way out of access issues by carrying a copy of the federal statute and the ADA rules. I also live in Florida. The Florida state statues are the same as the federal statutes.
 

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I also printed a copy of the Federal ADA law just in case I had a problem, but my experience was actually pleasant and seamless. All the staff that I encountered, both TSA and American Airlines personnel, were not only professional and polite, but actually very warm and friendly. I did keep Rango in his vest the whole time, and I also presented his ID badge along with my driver's license when going through TSA, so I'm sure that mitigated any potential issues, but overall everyone I encountered was fantastic.

One of my chi's is my service dog. Rango is the only other chi I've heard of that is a service dog. When flying and at other times I get a lot of surprise and disbelief that such a tiny dog, Pearl is 3.6 lbs., can be a service dog. As we are not required to explain just what our dogs do for us I have been able to talk my way out of access issues by carrying a copy of the federal statute and the ADA rules. I also live in Florida. The Florida state statues are the same as the federal statutes.
 
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