Every frequent traveler with a canine or feline companion can tell you that traveling with pets can be a challenge. Animals can get restless and unhappy if they are kept in restricted quarters for very long, and they may act up when they get to their destination, which, in turn, complicates the trip for humans. Luckily, though, the need for relief for pets on the go is being heard loud and clear.
United Airlines Pet Perks at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
Pets who are lucky enough to fly on United Airlines through Chicago can enjoy temperature-controlled comfort, according to The New York Times. In addition, the animals will be given exercise and room to play.
If you request the services, your pet will receive a bath and thorough grooming while at the comfortable airport kennel. If you have an extended layover or simply want to stay in separate quarters from your companion animal, a pet is allowed to stay overnight for a nightly charge.
United Airlines is taking pet care seriously. The animal-loving airline offers similar services at airports in Newark, New Jersey, and Houston, Texas.
Dogs and Cats on Trains
Flying isn't the preference of every jet setter who has a sweet spot for companion animals. Train travel can be more economical, and it can be far less stressful for your cat or dog because many train companies allow your pet to sit near or with you during the majority of the trip.
Rules vary a lot among both train companies and operators, so be sure to check far in advance to make sure that your pet will be allowed to travel with you on the train. Get this fact in writing and make a note of who provides you with this promise.
When the big travel day arrives, behave as you normally would around your pet. If your dog or cat sees you acting peculiarly or getting very nervous, he will likely start to freak out as well. Yes, the routine will be different, but talk to your animal soothingly.
Bring along treats to help distract your pet if he gets upset along the way and a water dish so that you can keep him hydrated. Always bring a crate and a leash even if you are not used to making your dog stay in one place for very long in case of worst case scenarios.
Always follow the rules of the train company. For the most part, as long as you ask politely and are considerate, you and your dog will have more freedom on a train than on many other types of transportation. This can feel like the perfect trip to a dog who wants to stay by your side.