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Things to Know Before You Travel with an Assistance Dog to Gran Canaria

The criteria and conditions for taking an assistance dog on an airline can differ, so be sure to research this before booking your flight to Gran Canaria with your dog. Although this website provides extensive details on the subject, it is vital to verify the regulations and procedures of your particular airline.

What constitutes an assistance dog?

An assistive dog, sometimes referred to as an assistance dog, is a trained dog that helps people with limitations by offering support and assistance. They are given legal protections and access privileges in public areas. These dogs receive special training to enable them to carry out jobs that directly benefit people with disabilities.

Conditions for taking an assistance dog on a flight

In order for an assistive dog to be allowed on an aircraft, the majority of airlines demand the following:

  • You may prove the dog’s training using appropriate paperwork or certificates
  • The dog was trained by a facility approved by the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) or Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

Determining air travel preparedness

It is quite an eventful experience for your dog to make a journey on a flight to Gran Canaria, especially if it have never experienced air travel prior to this. Before determining to fly with your assistance dog, you need to evaluate whether your dog will be ready for the journey. If you have any concerns, talk to the team that delivered the training, they will be able to assist and provide guidance in the matter.

4 Important tips when flying with an assistance dog

1/ Notify your airline: To ensure a smooth flight, notify your airline that you will be travelling with an assistance dog. This should be done as soon as possible after booking and no later than 48 hours before departure. The airline should agree with you as part of the booking process where the Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) agent will meet you within the airport boundary, assist you through the airport, and onboard the aircraft. This might be any agreed-upon location within the airport, train station, car park, taxi drop-off area, bus station or terminal building.

2/ Prepare Your Dog: To be allowed to fly, your dog must: Wear a standard identification jacket or harness throughout the flight. Have an appropriate harness that can be fastened to your seat belt and provide effective restraint when the seat belt signs are illuminated.

3/ Sit at your feet on the floor and remain under your supervision at all times.

4/ Microchipping, Vaccinations, and Documents: In addition to the criteria listed above, your dog must meet all immunisations microchipping, and documents requirements as any other pet flying by air. These standards may differ based on the place from where you are travelling.

Additional Information

Disability Assistance at Gran Canaria Airport

Guidedogs UK

Civil Aviation Authority

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