Planning to travel with your dog? With a little planning, preparation and research, it doesn’t have to be stressful for either you or your dog. First, make sure you call around and find the best deal ahead of time. Some airlines are more geared to ensuring a comfortable, safe travelling experience for your favorite hound. A friend of ours recently had to ship a dog and discovered the while the first airline she called  would carry the dog, the trip would have lasted over 8 hours, during which time the dog would have been locked up in her dog crate. To make matters worse, there would be several stops along the way and the cabin was not climate controlled. These conditions seemed risky, to say the least, so she contacted a second airlines and discovered that they had a 2 hour direct flight, the cabin the dog would be kept was climate controlled and, their prices were similar to the first.  So, be sure you ask a lot of questions and make sure you’re comfortable with the conditions in which your dog will be traveling. Next, be sure your dog crate is an airline approved dog carrier. The last thing you want when traveling is to show up at the ticket counter and discover you’ve got problems with your dog’s crate. Last, try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. If you’re tense and nervous, your dog will pick up on it. When both owner and pet are stressed, your trip may become just a little bit more than you bargained for.