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What airlines ship puppies? Is one better than another? And is it a flat rate, or does it vary with location? TIA for any info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Delta (Delta Dash) is known to be a top choice, but pretty much any airline that will let you go nonstop-flight counter-to-counter is fine (in other words, the shipper gets the dog on board and you get it off; there's no having to go to crazy different freight terminals and waiting hours). Many people prefer to get the puppy by flying there themselves and bringing the puppy back under the seat--that's how I ask people to pick up puppies I'm going to ship.<br><br>
It varies by size of crate, definitely, and maybe also by destination, though I don't know enough about it to say for sure. I've shipped one puppy (person came out to get her; the additional charge was $100 on the return leg to keep her under the seat) and shipped two to me. One came as cargo on a regular flight (we went out and got her; the extra charge was $50) and one was shipped to us on Delta freight, not Delta Dash. That last one was by far the least comfortable for the dog, since there was no direct flight and no Delta Dash; she had to come freight and total time was something like 8 hours, poor thing. That cost us $180 total. It would have been substantially more if we had a larger/heavier dog.
 

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Thanks Joanna. I would SO much rather fly to get him and bring him home in a Sherpa at my feet, too, but I'm not sure how that would work, logistically, since DS is still nursing and would be a major PITA to fly with and pick up a puppy, etc. And I really can't afford to fly DS with me in a separate seat, etc...I'm going to look into the cost- I've been reading that most people pay between $250-$450 to ship a Mastiff puppy, so it may well be cheaper for me to fly to get him.
 

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FWIW Northwest Airlines was AWFUL when we had to ship our dog. She was temporarily lost by the airline and NO ONE would work with us to figure out where she was. It was really traumatic.
 

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I've shipped Air Canada, American Airlines, West Jet and Delta.<br>
The most important thing is counter to counter. I don't know how you'd fit a 10 week old pup under the seat!! Unless the size regulations are way different in Canada than out of Canada, the crates taht are allowed under seat here don't allow the average toy dog to stand up all the way.<br>
My other suggestion is to lock the crate--lock it with a lock that could be broken or cut quickly should their be an emergency, but we had a total IDIOT of a baggage handler think a service dog we were shipping back to Texas "looked sad" and he opened the kennel. By the time we were called back to the airport, the dog had bitten 3 people already.
 

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Comair now uses tie-wraps (plastic locking thingies--like those disposable handcuffs) on all four corners of the crate door. A baggage handler let a dog loose on the ramp (on purpose) not so long ago. Being loose at the airport was really dangerous for the dog, plus it took hours to catch him, and of course he'd missed his flight...so now they take additional security measures.<br><br>
You can buy tie-wraps at a hardware store.
 

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I had a friend that used to be a baggage handler and he said it was a regular occurance to take dogs and puppies out of the crates to play with them.<br><br>
Can you drive to get the puppy? I like to see the parents of a dog and where and how it is raised before I buy it. There are also companies that will drive to pick up and deliver small animals, when I looked into it about 5 years ago it was about $250-$300.
 

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I don't know offhand what the 8-week weight of a Mastiff would be--that's the earliest age you can ship them. However, it is an open secret that MANY giant-breed breeders fudge a few days to get the dog under the seat, because it's so much less traumatic than going cargo. The cutoff for weight to go under the seat was 20 lb from what I remember, so the dog had to be under that to leave. A Dane at 8 weeks is anywhere between 18 and 25 lb, so in order to make sure the dog can go as a carry-on some people will fudge the birthdate. Not that I've ever done it, no siree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Shannon, when my last puppy left she went in a Sherpa container that was just large enough for her to stand up and turn around (with her head DOWN); she was about 17 lb. The sherpa was the med-large size and was half-stuffed with paper towels that the puppy could then trample down (she had to go from MA to CO, so I knew she couldn't hold it and would at least have to pee). The airline had no issue with it, and the owner was allowed to take her out and hold her during most of the flight.<br><br>
KayleeZoo, one of the great things about going through a referral from a really good breeder is that you can ship with confidence. I would never ship a puppy from an unknown breeder, but thanks to the small world of purebred dogs I've always been able to talk with people who are close friends and have been to the home of any breeder I'm thinking of. Reputations don't just cover the appearance or quality of the dogs; everybody knows who's got a dirty house, who's got too many dogs, whose puppies need to be treated for fleas when they arrive, and whose house we're jealous of because it's always immaculate and the dogs are perfect.
 

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You are right 99% of the time... Long story short we once bought a dog from a long time "well respected" breeder and judge that talked the talk... No one ever had anything bad to say about her, probaly in fear of what could/would happen to them if they did. She turned out to be nothing more than a show ****** with 40+ dogs that she bred year round w/o health testing. Our dog crapped out with serious health and temperment problems and when we asked to to honor her contract by taking the dog back and giving us our money she got squirelly... Luckily someone else was having problems with her and started posting them all over the internet and she quickly had a change of heart. Now we will never consider buying a dog from anyone, I dont care who they are, w/o seeing their home and dogs first.
 
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