Travel with dogs can be a lot of fun. Especially since more hotels cater to our canine companions. It used to be that finding a place to exercise a dog at an airport was a real challenge. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act provision for service animals, all airports must provide animal relief areas. At Phoenix Sky Harbor, the Pet Patch is a short walk from baggage claim east of Terminal 2. Terminal 3 has the Paw Pad and terminal 4 has the Boneyard. Unfortunately, all of these exercise yards are outside security.
Some airports now provide pet relief areas inside the terminal and even, inside security. On a recent layover at the Dallas Fort Worth airport, I noticed this sign inside terminal D by gate 18.
I opened the door and found a quiet room with an area of artificial turf. There was even a hose for clean up. There are three outdoor areas with grass located in the lower level of terminal A Gate 8 and at terminal C by gates 2 and 39. Please note these areas are outside of the secured areas. I am grateful that travel for animals is getting easier.
For more information on traveling with your pet, check out the Dog Jaunt Blog at http://www.dogjaunt.com/guides/airport-pet-relief-areas/