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Relief While Traveling
D.C. airports unveil high-tech pet potty areas
One of Dulles International Airport

If you’re headed by air to Washington D.C. with your crew, now your pups have a special place to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom. Dulles and Reagan National Airports have recently opened “pet relief areas” in accordance with a federal ruling requiring potty areas for service dogs (though these spaces are open to all dogs, regardless of service status). Dulles already made Jaunted’s Five Best Airports for Traveling with Pets.

Dulles airport has three outside areas and two indoor areas complete with ventilation and flushing systems to keep the space clean. All potty spots feature artificial grass, fake fire hydrants, and poop bags. Reagan National has four outside areas on natural grass.

Since Nemo is too big to fly in the cabin with me, I’ve never taken any of my pets to the airport. I have seen many potty areas at rest stops on the road, but found them unusable. I would love to let my pups run around a bit after a long car ride, but rest stop potty areas always looked like a health hazard to me. Apparently other road trippers don’t feel the same as I do about cleaning up after the dogs. 

With ventilation and flushing systems, I hope that Washington D.C.’s airport pet potty areas will set the standard for amenities for traveling pups! 

For a list of airports with pet potty areas, visit Pet Friendly Travel’s web site.



JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by Carolyn | September 21 2010 |

I had been about to complain about Houston Intercontinental Airport -- my dog and I travel through it twice a year. The year we had a 5-hour layover found us standing outside in the bushes. Unfortunately that was in front of a picture window. Travelers streamed by to catch their flights while I waited for Maggie to take care of business!

The Pet Friendly link shows that Houston now has several pet relief stations! Thanks!

Submitted by Maura | September 22 2010 |

I was suprised when traveling with one of my dogs last month to find the nice grassy potty area outside the baggage claim at St. Louis Airport. It made us both very happy! It looked like a miniature dog park! Would be nice to have them in the terminal somewhere too for people who are just passing thru.

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