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Air Travel With Your Retriever

What to know before you leave for the airport
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Once you arrive at the airport

  • Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours early; you must take your dog to the service counter to check him as freight.
  • After TSA officials have passed your dog through security and placed his crate on the plane, be sure a stewardess gives you a receipt stating that your dog made it on board; this receipt matches a sticker on the dog's crate.

"First and foremost, check with your airline to find out about their specific policies," said Stewart. "I've also found that if you're traveling north, say into Canada, you have to be very mindful of the weather. Depending on the temperature at your connecting flight destination [if you have one], it might be too cold for your dog to travel the rest of the way. Lots of people ask me why Drake [retired DU mascot] doesn't show up on more episodes of DU-TV, and honestly, it's because it's too cold for him to fly."

Use the links below to view the specific policies of the major airlines:

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