... Flying your Standard Poodles
Standard Poodles Traveling Pets page consists of five sections:
2. Flying pup in Cargo
3. Flying pup as Carry-on
4. Over-all for 1. Cargo or 2. Carry-on
5. Canada flight agent coordinator
6. Driving for/with your pet
last updated 2/3/19
Dear People - PLEASE - I DO NOT text message for my Royal Standard Poodles - I email ONLY via the form below which I will provide my email in return. Thank You. I get email on my cell phone and respond when appropriate. Tes Ingebritson = TI
Customer pays for "Flight" ticket. Current 2/3/19 ave. United cargo price $335. I pay for pup's health certificate and crate/carry-on bag in your puppy price. For TX customers, I pay for the TX sales tax on a pup.
Flying your pet is not difficult. Several points to keep in mind:
TI is allowed to sell puppies via the internet and fly pups at 8 wks of age as she is NOT under USDA requirements in having only 3-4 breeding dams.
If you need to pre-pay for flight ahead, you may pay for flight with the tab below when ready...there is a 3.5% fee for using this method. A $10 S&H charges comes up at checkout which makes up the rest of the 3.5% fee.
Covid flying Update 2/9/21
- Spirit Airlines is flying carry-on to FL at this writing.
- United has changed age of carry-on pets to be a minimum of 3 months old, which will not work for my pups, they'll be too large to fly as carry-on. United has not yet started accepting pets as cargo at this writing.
- Alaska is flying cargo to CA at this writing.
Read the checklist Tes provides her customers. Make your notes for traveling. Mark your calendar for the flying date TI posts on the site with your litter once born. When all puppies can fly at 8 wks old, I charge NO travel fees for the trip. It's in the price. After 8 wks + 2 days there is a travel fee of $100 if I cannot coordinate trips. You may have to pay for any extra vaccinations now needed in waiting. Emails are sent weeks prior to the travel date to remind customers. Yet, please drill yourself on what is to go on :o)
2. Flying pup in Cargo
Standard Poodles Traveling Pets as cargo - above; puppies are flying every day around the world - Royal "Carlo" is being picked up by his owner in Maryland at their "cargo facility" or picking them up at "airport baggage pick-up area" below picture if cargo arrives after normal hours.
8 weeks of age pups may fly, by Dept. of Transportation - gov > paragraph 3 ...Dogs and Cats...:
Texas airline shipping variables:
A. Data to give airlines upon booking pup's flight are:
B. TX Airport evolving Notes last updated 7/16/18:
a) Austin, TX would be the travel day set for 8 wk old pups. 9+ wk age is coordinated with travel charge. Direct Flights from Austin are always preferred and can be found on this link > http://www.austintexas.gov/department/nonstop-flights-out-abia
b) Direct from Houston or San Antonio, TX: they will be set for the next day or two after Austin flights; as travel plans unfold for customers from various states on a litter list, it may come to pass Houston or San Antonio direct flights MUST be used due to temperature concerns. Always check with the airlines on temp regulations for pups. So far these have unfolded:
c) UNITED is the ONLY temperature controlled pet airline in USA to and from airplane to cargo (assuring no extreme temps occur to pet). So, during difficult/extreme temps to some state months they may be the only airlines trusted to use. Other airlines DO work well for straight flights. It is OKAY to have a stop and transfer airport, yet make as LITTLE time between transfer as possible for pup. Example: Austin to Houston to destination...
UNITED - IAH Houston is a 7 hour round trip for TI with $$ HWY tolls, so coordinating everything is imperative - GOOD communication!
d) American Airlines pet cargo number is 800-227-4622
e) 9+ wk old pup: flights set with travel charge.
Below, Bodhi arrives at cargo in WA.
The following main airlines and their traveling pet links are what I have researched, with wonderful help of customers, in being able to fly cargo and as carry-on, please note my comments by each of them (you may research others that can work as well):
C. Crate Size:
a) 8 wks old cargo, this is the reference information for 90% of our puppies flying out: Crate size for our larger pups 28"L x 21"W x 22"H. Pup + crate will = 20-30 lbs estimated flying price up to $300-$400 (Alaska) - 8/18/16. Our pups on average at this age will range from 8-15 Lbs. As they grow, crate size must change with their weight, be aware the cost rises gradiently to fly larger pets.
b) Purchasing 2 pups at the same time: a) check with the airlines to know IF a larger crate (size 36" x 25" x 27" or 300 series) can be used to carry both pups together, that will entail finding out what *size airplane will be carrying the pups. b) IF the plane won't allow the larger crate, the 28" x 21" x 22" will have to be used to either carry both pups in it (if they fit), or c) two crates carrying them individually flying out at the same time.
c) Smaller crate size for an occasional smaller puppy: 26"L x 16"W x 16"H - estimated flying price now up to $300.
D. Ask if you can pay for flight on your end!
a) ask if once I drop pup off, I call you to provide them your credit card information...or...
b) get an estimate for pre-payment at which you will need to pay me +$30 as it always has been more than they say with taxes and additional fees...actual crate wt upon arrival. If extra money left over we share that goes toward our airport parking, tolls, and gas...our tip to handle various situations - Thank You ;o)
E. Three major airlines are provided below that you can drill ahead to know which airlines will work best for you/TI. You can find another airline if you so choose...always send TI what you find and want to plan for a schedule. I must coordinate all of these for timing.
This is from a recent United brochure TI picked up 7/22/17: "We prioritize the safety and well-being of pets through every step of their journey with PetSafe. We have more than 70 custom-designed, climate-controlled vehicles to safely transport pets in all weather conditions. As a part of our loading process, pets are placed onto the aircraft last and removed first to minimize stress. While in the air, pets remain secure and comfortable in climate controlled, pressurized compartments. Our deluxe onsite pet hotels and offsite facilities accommodate pets during long connection times and before international travel."
a) Carry-on pup age is 8 wks, health certificate is NOT clearly called out yet will always be provided.
b) For bookings in USA contact the PetSafe Desk at 1-800-575-3335
c) See notes in 1. and 2. above
d) Note: review their restrictions on the link above.
e) United can fly pups to warm and cold states with their Petsafe program, temperature controlled environment year round!
f) Can book as earlier as 2 months ahead.
g) 8 wks of age is when TI agrees to fly all pups for free, if in deciding to take pup as carry-on/cargo at a later time then we have established for the litter there will be an additional traveling charge of $100.
h) You must pay TI for shipping before pup flies...unless they agree to take your phone call cc payment. Customer sends estimated price (ex. $300-350) for travel prior to any pup flying out. Make sure you have drivers license/ID in hand upon pick up. This includes the average airline cost, plus taxes, and then any variable of TI needing to handle the expense on this end.
*Flying pups in the early morning hours is a part of my job, I plan for it...D'Antonio's are my very good friends who can take to the Houston airport on occasion and help me out when all falls into place. Here they took two pups as carry-on to NJ for customers as they were flying on a trip themselves to the area. Magic x Vyke litter. These are BIG pups at 8 wks old!*
Delta: Delta Airlines Pet web page
a) Summer to hot states or Winter to cold state becomes an issue! Some larger ports have a Delta pet summer program set up, ask...
b) 1-800-352-2746 > 5 > to book cargo pet flight
Note: our pups will range from 8-15 lbs at 8 wks old. At Delta's 10 wk age our pups would be too large to fly as carry-on thus a different airline is recommended to fly at 8 wks of age for carry-on.
c) 8 wks old is valid in Delta "Cargo", with health certificate required.
d) Note: review their restrictions on the link above.
e) You may book flights with Delta 14 days prior to known ship date. Delta has ended up telling customers 13 days even though the site states 14 days/2 wks.
f) You pay for pup's flight upon its arrival at cargo pickup. Make sure you have drivers license/ID in hand.
g) 8 wks of age is when TI agrees to fly all pups for free with no travel fee.
h) Delta Dash to smaller airports: In the past years it was simply stated with DASH - "Breeder must pay on their end at time of drop off for flying of pet."
In the last several years, they have started to ALLOW owners to put their credit card on record as the "pre-pay". It isn't charged until breeder brings in pet. In Pre-paying by this manner, the customer is allowed to then book their pet's flight, not the breeder. The ONE thing I note on this way of pre-paying, I have had to call the customer at the DASH counter (5am in the morning, and depending on your location can be even earlier morning hours) to have the agents validate the credit card. Any delay in this communication could mean your puppy misses their flight.
If they do not allow you to pre-pay, you must pay TI for shipping before pup flies. With that TI asks for an additional $30 from what they tell customer flight cost may be as usually the weight may be more along with taxes...any left over funds are used for gas :0) Thank You!
i) Customers in warmer states: Delta cuts off flying animals in cargo when temps reach over 85 degrees in summer months. If from a warmer state, consider the cooler months to purchase your pet or traveling with your pet as "Carry-on." Otherwise, United Airlines flies animals during summer months in temperature controlled environment.
j) With Minnesota winters: pups are not allowed to fly in cargo at 10 degrees or lower on Delta Airlines. So, there are windows of temperature flying time-frames that customers need to be aware of with carriers during specific seasons
"Here I come :o)))"
American Airlines (AA) American Airlines Pet web page
a) Carry-on pup age is 8 wks, health certificate IS required with American Airlines carry-on which we include in your pet price.
Their notes: Pet Carrier Guidelines for Cabin Pets > The maximum size for cabin pet carriers is 19" long x 13" wide x 9" high. Soft-sided pet carriers such as Sherpa bags may exceed these dimensions slightly because they are collapsible. Animals must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in the kennel. Soft-sided pet carriers are accepted as long as they are constructed of water-repellent, padded nylon with mesh ventilation on two or more sides.
TI is researching to find a carrier that meets these dimensions. The one TI currently uses is taller then these dimensions, not as wide.
b) Generally their cargo has two stops at major ports for the pup/s, health certificate IS required.
c) Note: review their restrictions on the link above.
d) 8 wks of age is when TI agrees to fly all pups for free, if in deciding to take pup as carry-on/cargo at a later time then we have established for the litter there will be an additional traveling fee of $100.
e) You must pay TI for shipping before pup flies. Customer sends estimated agent price (ex. $350) for travel prior to any pup flying out. Make sure you have drivers license/ID in hand upon pick up. This includes the average airline cost, plus taxes, and then any variable of me needing to handle the expense on my end.
3. Flying pup as Carry-on
Above: sometimes my good friends D'Antonios travel and can take pups as carry-on or meet you at the Houston, TX airport with your pup, or fly cargo out from Houston - United ONLY is there preference.
What I provide you in the purchase of your carry-on pup,
CARRIER may vary...have wheels/or not...depending on size of your pup/airline...the below is MOST used. PLEASE mail back to us - around $20!
NOTES for Carry-on (evolving in Texas):
See major airlines in section #1 above, each link will cover carry-on.
* Tes delivering a puppy to TX, she has done these trips to know what you will go through! *
Below is "Hilo" with his owner traveling with him as Carry-on to New Mexico.
What customer needs to bring for their standard poodles:
4. Over-all for
2. Cargo -or- 3. Carry-on
1. All flights are arranged and paid for by the new owner. TI provides information here to help along the way. This gives one knowledge to what Standard Poodles must go through to fly as well as surety in knowing what airline choice is made and their rules.
TI has flown MANY pups over the years of breeding...your planning and communication is key for this to run smoothly!
Be by your phone and assure we have your cell phone number/s!!
5. Canada flight agent coordinator
7/22/17 TI attended the Houston World Series Dog Show and found Sonshinepets LLC, a pet travel agency that finds the best flights for pups flying into Canada. All coordinating must be done via TI and Sonshinepets by law, after coordinating flight you're then put you in touch with their agent.
What is needed:
NOTE: This agency can do USA coordinating, yet TI has found it is only a savings of MAYBE $50 compared to the certainty customer and TI get when doing it between us, not bringing in a 3rd party.
6. Driving for/with your Standard Poodles
If driving to Texas to meet Tes on the flight date, one can meet at United cargo in Austin, TX to pick up your pup that morning, we can coordinate.
If you are coming to pick up your pet in your car to my home, here are things to bring...but first my viewpoint by Tes Ingebritson as I am asked many times:
What are my considerations on taking a pup in a car in a crate during the ride... that's a good one I will put here...the following is my experience and viewpoint, right or wrong, it's my observation:
a) I personally cannot ride in the back seat of a car without getting car sick, something about ones ear balance...thus my observation is the same with pups up to one year of age...I do not crate them and do not recommend crates while traveling if I want vomiting and their equilibrium to be lost...it's inevitable until they get over 1 yr old and their body stabilizes with balance...I personally don't see my older spoos vomiting once older...if so, I highly recommend chiropractic adjustment to check their atlas and balance alignment.
b) I need to be able to consistently look forward to avoid nausea, thus I try to work this with a pup/or adult spoo. Adult spoos are taller and have the opportunity to look out the window ahead. Pups can't, I place a towel on the seat beside me...I may have a riding harness to strap a pup or adult in, the Lupine harnesses work by sliding the seat belt through the back of the harness...or not if I want them to snuggle next to me (I need that ;o)..., or towel on my lap and carry the pup there. They will throw up, it's inevitable...the towel catches it that I can shake it out once stopped. Have MANY towels and a bag available to put them in for washing later.
c) have jug of water, wash cloths, towels available for traveling to switch out, wash you, them, vehicle with...maybe some air freshener ;o)...it's inevitable and I want to comfort them instead of being back in a crate all alone...especially leaving family all behind and new environment...I want them comforted, looking forward the best I can get them to and knowing they have someone loving them in all this experience.
d) I do my best to travel at night that they can sleep through it all...they don't get ill then...when I drive a distance with another person I must sleep, or drive...I love the pet beds with the puppy smells to comfort them, they love it too...if traveling by car with them the pet bed truly helps with smells of home and comfort, the towel ready to catch what comes up.
e) If going on a trip, don't feed before hand if at all possible. Do have water available. Provide small nibbles of food along the way...it may come back up...it's inevitable...
What TI provides with the purchase of your standard poodles:
Check the weather for your flying date. Weather.com is what the airlines use to check temps.