Airline traveling with your pet can be a bit scary. Being separated from your dog, not knowing if they are cold or scared. It's tough! Here are some (hopefully helpful) tips.
Federal Law MANDATES that a puppy must be at least 8 weeks of age before flying. They also must be completely weaned (That means at least 5 days).
If your dog is in heat, or pregnant, she really shouldn't fly.
It's always a good idea to see a vet before traveling. Most airlines will require a health certificate for your dog.
Try to book non-stop flights. Other countries, Hawaii, and U.S. territories have different quarantines and health requirements. It's important to know that information well before you fly.
REALLY IMPORTANT! Take a picture of your pet, just in case the airline loses your dog. Hopefully that would never happen, but it's better to be prepared.
When you are traveling (not just flying), it's a good idea to have two ID tags on your pet. On one tag, have your dog's name or your name (or both), your HOME address, and your HOME phone number. On the other tag, write your destination address and phone number.
A couple of basics... give your dog food and water about 3-4 hours BEFORE flying. This will ensure that they have plenty of time to go to the bathroom, and they won't be flying on a full stomach. Also, get there early so you don't feel rushed. It will help both of you to feel more calm.
Do a little research. Call your airline. Talk to a breeder (they fly dogs often) if you know one. Talk to your vet. All these things can help you make a good decision on whether or not to take your dog on a plane.