The first time I flew a large dog, she was around 50 lbs. Carrying the dog up the wing and over the side into the back seat was enough to convince me that I wouldn't do that again.
I've never tried harnesses but dogs I've flow tend to go to sleep and not move around or bark. Given that dogs chew things and can barf, I'd rather they be enclosed. You can put empty crates in the plane first and then load the dog into the crate. Then you can use the tie down rings if you'd like to secure the crate(s). Puppies and small dogs are easy. Any animal over 35 lbs or so is something else. I've had 11 Lab puppies in the Tiger, 10 in the baggage area with the seat out and 1 in the right seat. All crated.
AllisonHunter wrote:I'm concerned about the same thing... I haven't done a rescue yet but trying to imagine getting a big dog in through the canopy. I'd prefer to have a co-pilot, so I guess I'm limited to folding the back seats down and using crates.
What about harnesses and tie-downs (for the dogs, I mean) with the plane in the utility category? Just so they don't wander too far aft and give me a CG issue.
Appreciate any guidance.