As part of our pet friendly airport discussion we've highlighted a few different hubs and discussed the best ways to make the most of an airport's pet relief area.
In addition to using such a place to your greatest advantage, it's important to give something back by displaying civility and good manners, as well.
In other words, be savvy, efficient and responsible, too, by keeping the following conscientious goals in minds.
“The Pet Patch” at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
1. Clean up after yourself
We may skirt around it a little to be polite, but the number one reason you're visiting a pet area is for its bathroom facilities. Most of these places offer baggies or “mutt mitts” to inspire you to do the right thing. Do everyone a favor and use them.
2. Play nicely
In any situation where pets are in the position to mingle with one another, it's important to exercise diligence and restraint. Keep your dog on a leash until it's clear that this is will be a friendly encounter, and speak to the other pet owners and make sure you're on the same page about playing and boundaries.
3. Watch your time
It isn't often a problem, but where there's a capacity limitation it's important to make sure everyone has a chance to use the space provided. Schedules usually run pretty tightly at airports, so, if necessary, step back when your dog has done his business to give everyone time to enjoy the facilities.
4. Say thanks
After using a relief area, you'll likely have feedback to offer (and hopefully some appreciation), so consider sending an email or using Facebook or Twitter to tell the airport about your experience. Not only will your message have the potential to encourage them to keep up the good work and possibly expand and improve their pet travel facilities, you'll help your fellow pet travelers by giving them an idea of what to expect.
5. Represent the pet community
Unfortunately, not everyone carries love in their hearts for other people's pets or understands what it's like to travel with them. The best response to countering preconceived notions and cynicism is to behave respectfully and responsibly. Give skeptics their space and offer no reason to make anyone feel uncomfortable or inconvenienced by the presence of your furry traveling companion.
Do you have any pet travel tips to share? Let us know what lessons you've learned along the way. Your fellow PetRelocation readers will surely appreciate it!
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2010 and has been updated with new information.