I just got a puppy and we are planning our first destination backpacking trip to Jackson Hole area. This requires a flight from Arizona (~3-4 hours); airline/flight undecided. I have never travelled with a dog and I am wondering how others have successfully navigated this topic. My dog travels well in a car, is 20 lbs, and is not an emotional support animal. What backpack/kennel have worked well and any tips for keeping the furry one inconspicuous to other travelers?
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If your dog is only 20 pounds, he might fit under the airline seat, assuming you are in regular-sized planes. It might be worth bumping yourself up to first class to make sure your buddy can travel in the cabin with you. I do recommend sedation in case the flight would upset him.