Train Your Dog to Travel by Air with this K-9 Class

November 17, 2013 by

K9 Flight Class

Air Hollywood’s K9 Flight School equips people and their dogs with the tools they need for safe pet travel as cabin pets. For $349, your dog can be trained to stay calm through security checks and take other airport sights and sounds in stride from TSA check points to navigating crowded jet ways.

K9 Flight Class

How the School Works

Air Hollywood’s K9 Flight School takes place at the Air Hollywood Studios, the same studio where movies such as “Bridesmaids” was shot as well as scenes from popular TV shows like “NCIS,” “Modern Family” and “The Newsroom.”

The flight school uses film sets and volunteers to simulate the chaos your dog will experience at the terminal, check in, as well as TSA screenings. Plus, the studio has an Air Turbulence Simulator that gives dogs a chance to acclimate to a plane’s movement and sounds before they are actually aboard a flight.

K9 Flight Class

Class Curriculum

The K-9 class curriculum was developed by Megan Blake, the Program Director/Head Trainer, who is The Pet Lifestyle Coach from Animal Attractions TV and Pet Life Radio. The school’s program equips people and pets with valuable information and training to make the overall flying experience less stressful and hassle-free.

The Air Hollywood class is the first such class that uses real fuselage on a sound stage with a simulator that mimics takeoff, turbulence and landing. To complete this authentic backdrop, Hollywood extras create crowds that mimic the chaos dogs and their owners will experience in airport terminals including things like luggage carts and the blare of sound systems announcing arrivals, delays and departures.

Pets are an essential part of many families, and taking them along when flying is happening more than ever. To help the families and the dogs cope, the K-9 Flight School takes obedience school to a specialized level.

Pet policies vary by airline. There is a fee for “cabin pets.” Those under 20 pounds stay in carriers under the seat during a flight.

Working dogs or trained service animals can fly at no charge, but owners must provide documentation and advance notice. These dogs sit at their owner’s feet during the flight. This class is a great opportunity to help dogs adjust to flying, but it doesn’t address cargo pets.

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Photo credits: Air Hollywood – K9 Flight School

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  1. Julie C. says:

    I’ve yet to be on a plane with a dog in the cabin. How do owners deal with the call of nature when your dog’s been in the air for several hours??

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