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Flying with a dog

I am going on a long trip to the U.S. and want to bring my 32 kilo dog. Are there airlines that are known for the best treatment of large dogs? It is a direct flight to minimize the amount of time on board for him.
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Old 28.02.2017, 18:04
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I am going on a long trip to the U.S. and want to bring my 32 kilo dog. Are there airlines that are known for the best treatment of large dogs? It is a direct flight to minimize the amount of time on board for him.

Direct flight ? Maybe, how long is piece of string ?

Where you want to fly from and too is probably a good starting point to determine whether there is a direct flight or not !

Fly private, that way you can do what the hell you want (within reason)
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I am going on a long trip to the U.S. and want to bring my 32 kilo dog. Are there airlines that are known for the best treatment of large dogs? It is a direct flight to minimize the amount of time on board for him.
Don't really understand why you don't ask the airlines, but here my input:

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Re: Flying with a dog

David, would you consider using a pet relocation professional? If so, Ace Pet Moving has a good reputation:

http://www.acepetmoving.com/en/about-us.html

They should be able to advise as to the various airlines' current record and reputation. Using a professional will obviously be more expensive than DIY.

(I last flew my dogs almost 19 years ago, so my experiences are too outdated to be of any value.)

I know how worrying flying our friends who have to go cargo can be - thumbs pressed, and bon voyage!

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Fly private, that way you can do what the hell you want (within reason)
I've heard friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend stories of flying private on the 'dead leg' as a somewhat less eye-wateringly expensive possibility... but I have not been able to find any concrete information for flights with animals, or any information on pricing. Do any of you have any experience or info?
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Re: Flying with a dog

Lufthansa is fantastic. Not sure if they fly to where you're heading but you should give them a try. They take a maximum of 3 dogs per flight (in cargo). The cargo hold has a pet zone that is temperature controlled and under camera surveillance - the pilots can check the dogs throughout the flight. The flight attendants also inform you of when the dog has boarded. Cost us about $100 USD to fly our 27lb dog from Toronto - Frankfurt. Flying our dog with them again at the end of March. You need to call the reservation line and reserve a spot for your dog, so do that before you book your flight so you know whether or not they have a space for it. Best of luck!
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Thank you Meloncollie and ZuriRollt. Very helpful and appreciated.

Thank you Lindsaysherry! You and Meloncollie are thoughtful.

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Thank you Meloncollie and ZuriRollt. Very helpful and appreciated.
Melloncollie provided the only useful input - I only ensured your question was addressed
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Re: Flying with a dog

One more suggestion.

Since the plastic cages/crates are quite slippery for the dog, I suggest you go to Ikea and for about CHF 13.- (from memory) you can get a great heavy quality bath mat that should cover the bottom of the crate. You then drill two holes in each corner of the floor (so 8 in total) and you get some longer plastic cable ties which you feed through the holes and through the bath mat (poke a small hole x 2 in each corner of the mat). In other words, in through the first hole from the bottom (so the knobby part with be outside the crate) through the bath mat, back down though the bath mat and out the second hole and zipped tight. Cut off the excess plastic. Repeat in the four corners so the bath mat does not move.

The dog will be less stressed since s/he will not be sliding around when on the baggage cart and the conveyor belt going into the luggage hold. And the bath mat is more comfortable to lie on in the plane (reduce the vibrations).

EDIT: I think this is the model. Comes in different colours:

http://www.ikea.com/ch/fr/catalog/products/40211213/
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Re: Flying with a dog

Keep in mind, a lot of airlines, if not all will not fly pets in cargo during warmer months or at times when the temperature is forecast to exceed a set value which I recall being 80F.
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Re: Flying with a dog

I was at my local IKEA today and they have the bathmat in something like 8+ colours.

I should have mentioned, the reason for threading the cable tie UP from the bottom of the crate is when you cut off the excess length, the bit that is left will be very sharp. It will cut the dog's paws. So the cut edge is always on the outside of the crate.
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Re: Flying with a dog

awesome. thanks!
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Re: Flying with a dog

I used Swiss and was quite comfortable with the service they provided.
I've only done it once though, so I don't have heaps of experience to compare to.

https://www.swiss.com/in/en/prepare/...h-animals.html
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Re: Flying with a dog

I fly with one or both of my dogs relatively often and tried several airlines. Would't say I found a significant difference in how they treat the 4-legged passengers. Every person I ever met in the airport when traveling with dogs was friendly, helpful and caring. I usually watch how the crates are being uploaded on the plane and never had a reason to complain. Lufthansa and Swiss are the most expensive. Even within Europe for any of my retrievers I have to pay CHF 240 versus CHF 80-90 on the majority of other lines. The prices for long hauls are even higher.

What I did once and would never do again is send my dog cargo. If it needs to fly, it flies only as my (or someone's) baggage, not cargo. On the plane itself it's no difference, but much more paperwork, significantly higher price and - the most important - much-much longer time in a crate for a dog. In cargo you have to bring the dog 3-4 hour prior to departure, as a "baggage" you can walk your dog to "Bulky luggage" counter just 1-1,5 hour till the flight. Same upon arrival. 2-5 hours of processing the papers etc. instead of 10-30 minutes at the belt.

Your dog is 32 kg, which is okay, but just for your information: in some airports in the US they have special weight limits for a crate with a dog. It has nothing to do with an airline, it is about the maximum load for the loaders. Example: JFK in New York will only accept a crate with a dog with total weight no more then 45 kg. No matter that the airline rules say - up to 50 kg.

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