If you are someone who needs the assistance of service Goldendoodles, traveling by air might bring in some unexpected challenges. You might be wondering which airlines will allow service dogs onboard or if you would have to get special permission. Well, this article will serve as a complete guide to travel with your service dog.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if the service dog is registered, they are allowed to accompany you legally onto the airplane’s cabin during travel. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a massive overhaul of rules that govern service animals on planes. However, even though they are allowed to accompany you, each airline company might have different rules when it comes to flying with a service Goldendoodle.
A few airlines might ask for documentation when you board the flight. So, you should check with the airline before booking the tickets and bring extra documents, just in case. Sure, all airlines might not have the same rules, but there are some rules that apply across the board.
So, here are the basic guidelines to travel with a service dog.
Size of the Service Goldendoodle Flying with You
Some service dogs can be large. The good thing is there is no categorical weight limit when it comes to service dogs. However, airlines might require that the dog fits with the handler’s lap or the foot space. According to the new rule of DOT, airlines should accommodate larger dogs by moving them to some other seat within the same service class, if possible.
In case there is no place for the large service dog to be accommodated comfortably, the airline must give the handler the option to transport the service Goldendoodle in the cargo free of charge or travel on the next flight if there is space. Nevertheless, many service Goldendoodle owners might vehemently oppose the idea of flying their dog in cargo. What’s great is many service dogs are trained to fit into the foot space of their handler.
Requirement of a Harness, ID Card, or Vest for the Service Goldendoodle
The DOT lets airline staff check the paraphernalia, such as tags, vests, and harnesses for deciding if the animal is a service dog. Service dog owners tend to use these items to distinguish working dogs from regular pets. It helps in managing uncomfortable interactions with the staff members and the public. Also, if the dog has these items, handlers can avoid pesky inquiries about the Goldendoodle. The items prove to be helpful for PSD owners whose disabilities cannot be easily detected.
Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that these items alone don’t qualify for service dogs. So, airline staff is going to check the paraphernalia along with other facts to decide if your Goldendoodle is a service dog.
Verification of Service Goldendoodles by Airlines
There are three methods that airlines use to decide if someone is traveling with an actual service Goldendoodle. Also, we will tell in the next section, airlines might request service Goldendoodle to fill out a new form and submit it before the flight.
- Asking if the animal must accompany the passenger due to a disability and what task the dog has been trained to perform. But you should know that handlers have the right to privacy, and airline staff can’t make specific inquiries about their disability.
- The airline staff might also observe the behavior of the service Goldendoodle to find out if it stays under the control of the handler. A service dog can be restricted from boarding the flight if it is found to be out-of-control. Some of the out-of-control behaviors of Goldendoodle’s are biting, causing injury to others, and jumping.
- An airline might also check physical indicators, such as ID cards, vests, and harnesses. Like we mentioned before, paraphernalia, like vests, tags, and ID cards are frequently used by the owners of service dogs to signal the members of the public, a service dog is on duty.
Forms are to be Submitted to Fly with Service Dogs
DOT has introduced some changes in how service dogs are going to be accommodated on flights. Starting January 2021, all service dog handlers must submit the Service Animal Transportation Form of DOT. The form needs to be submitted a minimum of 48 hours prior to the departure.
In the form, the handler must make the following certifications.
- The service Goldendoodle has been trained to carry out tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
- The hander knows that the service dog is going to be under their control until the time they get down from the flight.
- The service Goldendoodle has been trained to behave well in public.
- The handler knows that if the service Goldendoodle misbehaves in any way that shows that they haven’t been trained properly, the airlines might treat them as normal pets.
- The handler knows that they will be held liable for any damage caused service dog’s action.
Taking More than One Service Goldendoodle
At times, handlers might have more than one service dog. Each Goldendoodle fulfills different but crucial tasks related to their disability. Under the new guidelines by DOT, airlines might restrict the number of service dogs to two. Also, the handler will have to accommodate both service dogs in their lap or foot space.
Rules Applicable to Service Dogs During the Flight
During the flight, the airline might ask the service dog to be tethered, harnesses, or always leased. Moreover, the Goldendoodle must be well-behaved during the flight and shouldn’t create any disruptions. So, it means no jumping on others or barking.
The handlers and the flight management might try their best to be organized and proactive. However, in certain instances, issues might arise. Thus, actions will have to be taken in accordance with the situation.
But it is crucial to acknowledge that there are many unresolved and evolving factors both politically and socially in deciding ideal travel policies for service Goldendoodles.