It now costs $450 to ship a 10-week-old puppy to any major airport in the Continental U.S. (more for international and possibly for older puppies depending on weight) The shipping charges cover the airfare, shipping crate, veterinary exam, health certificate, and any other costs such as airline taxes and fees. We only charge what it actually costs us to get the puppy to you and often end up paying more than the charged amount in gas, etc. These fees are subject to change if the airline changes their prices. The puppy must be paid for in full by 9 weeks of age to give us time for the veterinary visit, final flight requirements from the airline, and to give PayPal time to clear in case a hold is placed on the payment. This includes the total puppy price + shipping.
Where/How do you fly?
We fly through the United PetSafe program which is specifically geared towards pet travel. We have flown puppies for more than 10 years with no problems and have seen firsthand how the puppies are handled and treated. At this time we fly within the United States, and have previously flown to Puerto Rico and Canada as well. Flights will be discussed on a case by case basis. The puppy will be shipped to the nearest major airport to you or the one you specify as long as they accept puppies being shipped through the airline pet program. We will make the reservations for you through the airline. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks of age to be shipped.
"Can I fly in and fly back with my puppy as an in-cabin pet?" We receive this question all the time, and the short answer is no - Ridgback puppies are much too large when they are ready to leave to fly as in-cabin pets.
More Information on Shipping:
Please allow us to initiate the flight scheduling with the airline. It is quite different than scheduling a human flight and we are what you would call "experts" in dealing with the airline since we have shipped many puppies over the years. As soon as we receive the detailed information on your puppy's flight we will issue you a detailed flight information pdf complete with flight confirmation numbers so you can also see the flight details directly through the airline or even call them for confirmation. We have never had any problems with the PetSafe program and have been shipping puppies for over 10 years.
The puppies can fly via the airline starting when they are 10 weeks old. Prior to this I will work with you to decide on the exact day that works well for you to receive your puppy. The days are pretty flexible, but the times depend on what the airline has available and are sometimes limited. The puppies ship on specific airplanes that are equipped to handle live animal transport which are climate controlled. This means that puppies can only go on specific flights.
We can generally ship once the puppies are 10 weeks old, and typically any day of the week except Sundays. Once we have decided on a date, I fill out the preliminary shipping form with the airline. They then contact me with the detailed flight information 1-3 days after I fill out the form. Once I have received this information I will forward it directly to you via email in a detailed flight itinerary sheet which includes reservation confirmation number, flight number, departure/arrival times, what to bring with you, and the specific pickup location address at your airport.
As per airline requirements, every puppy shipping through the airline receives a health check & flight clearance through our licensed veterinarian several days prior to the flight date.
What information do you need to ship my puppy?
We need the following to schedule your puppy's flight:
What to bring when you pick up your puppy:
An older puppy waiting for his flight at the airport to head to his new home in California.
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