... 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 a) Cargo or b) Carry-on
5. Canada flight agent coordinator
6. Driving for/with your pet
last updated 3/17/23
Customer pays for "Flight" ticket. Current 11/30/21 ave. flight cargo 200 series crate price $350 (+$150 peak season charge). I pay for pup's health certificate and series 200 crate/carry-on bag in your puppy price. For TX customers, I pay for the TX sales tax on a pup.
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)
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.
After Covid Update 3/17/23
- American Airlines is flying Carry-on and cargo ONLY with temps 45-85 degrees. They are temperature controlled in cargo area. Pet cargo number 800-227-4622
- Spirit Airlines flies carry-on to FL at this writing.
- Alaska is flying cargo to CA at this writing, cargo and carry-on.
- Jet Blue flies carry-on only to the east USA, no cargo.
- Southwest takes carry-on
- United is allowing carry on again for 2 month old pets > https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/in-cabin.html - United has suspended PetSafe cargo indefinitely.
8 weeks of age pups may fly, by Dept. of Transportation - gov > paragraph 3 ...Dogs and Cats...:
2. Flying pup in Cargo
Check the weather for your flying date. Weather.com is what the airlines use to check temps.
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.
B. Data to give airlines upon booking pup's flight are:
C. Airport Notes:
1. 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
2. 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:
... When flights get back to normal ...
IAH Houston is a 7 hour round trip for TI with $$ HWY tolls, so coordinating everything is imperative - GOOD communication!
3. American Airlines pet cargo number is 800-227-4622
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):
D. Ask if you can pay for flight on your end!
1. ask if once I drop pup off, I call you to provide them your credit card information...or...
2. 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)
3. Three major airlines are provided above 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.
*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 Pet cargo number 800-227-4622
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:
See major airlines in section #2 above, each link will cover carry-on.
* Tes delivering a puppy, she has done carry-on and traveling with pups as extra baggage in cargo 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 hotel or in lobby at Austin Airport, 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:
If choosing to use a transporter for your pup, things to know:
a) Puppies aren't fully vaccinate at 8 wks old and in using transporters they may have many pets aboard, and I cannot recommend sending a pup without full vaccination.
b) One transporter I have used, as she carries at most 4-5 pets: