Airline Shipping of Dogs
(Included in shipping costs are: crate,
vet health certification and rabies shot/ certificate if the pup is over 12
weeks old, airfare, and delivery to the airport.)
Shipping costs have recently been ranging from
$300 to $350.
- Discussion with prospective buyers prior to approval to purchase a pup or
- Upon approval to purchase, send payment for pup/dog:
- We purchase an airline approved crate that fits the dog/pup that will be
shipped. The dog must be able to stand up and turn around in the crate
with ease. We also must purchase feeding and water cups for the door of
- We call the airlines and arrange for shipping. We give them the
weight of the dog and the crate in order for them to calculate the shipping
cost. Heavier dogs and larger crates are more expensive. If we can
ship to a major hub, the cost and time will usually be less. Shipping to
smaller airports will normally be a little more expensive. The various
airlines charge different rates for shipping, thus rates to ship to larger
hubs are usually less because we have a choice of several airlines to use.
- We must have all buyer address and contact information to schedule a
flight. The airlines even like to have your cell numbers just in case a
flight is delayed so they can let you know that you don't have to arrive as
- It makes scheduling a lot easier if the buyer will give us a range
of days they will be able to pick up the dog/pup at the airport. Because
shipments of live animals are limited to certain types of air craft, there
aren't as many options for shipping as there are for individuals taking
flights; therefore, we can't always guarantee that a dog/pup will arrive at a
certain time on the buyer's end. Flights will generally arrive with the
dog/pup between 2:00 pm and 11:00 pm. We've been known to get up
at 3 am and head for the airport so that a pup can fly out before the temps
- We call or email the shipping schedule along with a confirmation number to
the buyer. Online tracking of flights is available with most airlines..
- The dog/pup must have a current health certificate (within 10 days
of shipping) from a licensed veterinarian in order to be shipped. We
take the dog/pup to our vet a few days before shipping for a check up in order
to get this certificate. If a pup is older than 12 weeks, we have the
vet give them a rabies shot and make the rabies certificate out to the buyer
so you won't have to have that done again upon arrival.
- On the day of shipping, we tape a bag of dog food to the top of the crate
in case there is a delay and the dog/pup must be fed, attach shipping labels.
and make the journey to the airport. We normally take the dog/pup
in a wire crate in our vans and allow them a potty break once we arrive
at the airport. After the potty break and a last sip of water, we put
the pup/dog into the plastic shipping crate. The dog/pup usually has to arrive
1 1/2 to 1 hours prior to take-off of their flight.
- The dog/pup in it's crate is taken to either the airline cargo office or
to the ticket counter depending upon the carrier.
- We fill out multiple forms and bid farewell to your dog/pup. We give
the airline personnel a copy of the dog/pup's heath record and a pedigree to
put in the packet of papers attached to the top of the crate.
- The dog/puppy is taken to a climate controlled cargo area in the aircraft,
specifically designed for the comfort of live animals. We normally get
pups acclimated to sleeping in crates prior to shipping in order for the trip
to not be overly stressful. The younger the pup, the more they sleep on
- You will need to be at the pick-up airport (either at cargo or the baggage
area...we'll let you know this in advance) when the pup/dog arrives.
Sometimes it takes a while to unload cargo so you may have a bit of a wait.
- Normally, dogs/pups do not soil their crates, but it's always best to
arrive at the airport with a clean-up kit consisting of baby wipes and a trash
bag for the soiled wipes and the soiled bedding from the shipping crate.
- If you're picking up an older pup or adult dog, you may want to bring
along a collar and leash so that you can give the dog a potty break as soon as
possible after the flight.
If you have other questions about the protocol for shipping dogs/pups, just
give us a call.