Standard Poodle Traveling Pets 

... Flying your Standard Poodles

Standard Poodles Traveling Pets page consists of five sections:

1. Royal Standard Poodles Lodging

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

7. Transporter/s

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:

  • It will take your time to read through or print off this page to help you know what to plan and expect. 
  • The new 2018 passed inter-state sales/use taxes
  1. If you fly cargo to your state, I do not have to pay TX sales tax due on any pet sale out of state (sales tax est $169 in my Bastrop County 6.75%). You must check with your state to possibly report and possibly pay sales use tax in your state. See your states "Use Tax" requirements. Being an ethical citizen.
  2. In your flying into TX to pick up your puppy and take as carry-on, you have paid final payment two weeks prior to getting your pup, thus NO TX sales tax is required. 
  • Don't hesitate to contact TI with questions after studying this page 737-932-5030.
  • Flight payment can be discussed: pre-pay check to me or, United only, pay at puppy check-in with me calling you and then providing credit card payment to them at that time.

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 > - United has suspended PetSafe cargo indefinitely.

8 weeks of age pups may fly, by Dept. of Transportation - gov > paragraph 3 ...Dogs and Cats...:

  • A health certificate is completed for ALL out of state travel, paid for in your pet purchase price. It's the law.
  • Pup airline flight is paid for by customer; booking made by customer sending TI itinerary then...
  • TI validates and prepares from her end.
  • 2. Flying pup in Cargo

    Check the weather for your flying date. is what the airlines use to check temps.

    The Weather Channel

    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.

    A. Crates

    • Crates, 200 series, are paid for in pup price at 8 wks old fly out date...they grow out of the crate by 9 wks so important to fly at 8 wks old! Crate prices that you can see: United crate prices 
    • size used 200 series / Medium 28" x 20.5" x 21.5" 8 wks old cargo, this is the reference information for 90% of my puppies flying out. Pup + crate will = 20-30 lbs estimated flying price up to $350-$450, Alaska is more. My pups on average at this age will range from 8-15 Lbs. As they grow, crate size must change with their weight.
    • size used 400 series / Large 33" x 22" x 23 or 36"L x 24"W x 26"H  Purchasing 2 pups at the same time: 1. check with the airlines to know IF a larger crate (400 series) can be used to carry both pups together, that will entail finding out what *size airplane will be carrying the pups. 2. IF the plane won't allow the larger crate, the 200 series 28" x 21" x 22" will have to be used to either carry both pups in it (if they fit), or 3. Two crates carrying them individually flying out at the same time.
    • Much older pup/poodles TI splits the larger crate cost with customer ... or ... you can ship back to me 

    B. Data to give airlines upon booking pup's flight are:

  • #1 shipper: Tes Ingebritson > 142 Zimmerhanzel Rd, Flatonia, TX 78941 > 737-932-5030 ... POSSIBLE if weekend #2 shipper Sue D'Antonio contact information at time if works in her schedule.
  • Crate Series: as noted above in A.
  • Weight of pup with crate varies from 20-25 pounds, 8 wks old.
  • Ask if you can pre-pay for flight or once I drop pup off, call you and you use your credit card to pay at that point (United only).
  • Share Airports: Coming from one of the following, then your flight destination:
  • AUS - Austin Bergstrom International Airport > ALWAYS site fly-out date set for litter!
  • IAH - Houston, TX > can be Saturday after fly-out date set for litter.
  •  SAT - San Antonio International Airport > after fly-out date set on site for litter.
  • C. Airport Notes:

    1. Austin, TX would be the travel day set for 8 wk old pups9+ wk age is coordinated with travel charge. Direct Flights from Austin are always preferred and can be found on this link >

    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:

    • San Antonio proven direct flight in February with Am. Airlines to Phoenix
    • Houston proven direct flight in February with United to MN 
    • Austin proven direct flight in February with United to San Francisco

    ... 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!     

    • SOMETIMES my good scientist friend Susan D'Antonio, who got me into TX, can fly spoos out on a Saturday from Houston - Will meet up for CARRY-ON ONLY as of 3/17/23! I will always ask her availability on a litter travel date. In the event she does, "Shipper" would be Sue D'Antonio. I provide her contact information, and yours, at time of flight plans...GOOD COMM IN! She texts ;o)
    • TI also prefers to fly pups out on a Saturday from Houston.

    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.

  • In working with your desired airline carrier, Ask them where you are to pick up your pup if cargo! Locate where the cargo or pet arrivals come in that you can drill ahead of time its location and be there when the pup arrives. Some come into the baggage claim area of an airport and cargo may come into a totally separate facility from the airport.
  • Summer - earliest morning flight bookings are IDEAL for cooler temps before they heat up to hot states! If it's too HOT we rapidly go to another airline as UNITED to book your flight with we're in close comm that morning/day...
  • Winter - later morning/day flights for heating up of the temps in that day.
  • It is the customer responsibility to do the booking of the flight, following up with the itinerary sent to Tes via email with its reference number...TI will work logistics depending on your plans…I call and validate with airlines and check off on checklist in your file. It is DEFINITE GOOD communication in at this time!
  • TI must arrive 2.5-3 hours ahead of time for most airlines to fly pup out cargo. When scheduling your flight, ask what time flights go out in the morning. Some airline ports may only have one fly in time (to you), thus it is important you know what they are to let TI  know. Example: Delta cargo opens at 5am...the earliest flight out for your pup with Delta cargo must be at 8:30am...Delta DASH allows 2 hrs but will cost you another $100 for price?
  • TI calls you upon pup drop off, CAN BE VERY early morning hours, be expecting it :o) Then TI expects customer to phone within 2-3 hrs of pup's arrival that she knows pup is in your loving arms. TI  may not hear cell upon different interactions so do leave a message and she will respond asap! Have water and rag available to wash pet off as they may have soiled in travel. Lots of shredded paper is there for absorption. Pup has been washed at 6.5 wk age so please don't over wash with another detergent...warm water rinse is good.
  • Look for any final paperwork in envelope by carrier.

  • United: United Airlines Traveling Pet carry-on web page

    *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: 11/22/2013 there is confusion by consumers of what age Delta will take a pup as "Carry-on." On 11/19/12 Delta changed pup "CARRY-ON" age from 8 wks old to 10 wks old, within the USA at the link above. See "The following restrictions apply to pets traveling as carry-on baggage:"...bullet 5...for Domestic and International. In a phone call to the USDA and being guided by that agent, the US Air Consumer government rules link in #1 at top clarified that INTRA USA flights MAY be done no younger then 8 wks old as carry-on as well as cargo. IMPORT and EXPORT are a minimum of 10 wks old. Airlines have the right to make their own rules and regulations for age as Delta did. I believe this walk through should help make clear what age Delta allows carry-on which is 10 wks old.

    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:

  • The flying date is set for your pup upon the litter being born, 8 weeks old. Mark your calendar once known! Plan ahead and start to call airlines to find which one will work best for you...drill, drill, drill :0)
  • In planning to travel with your pup, I have found it is important for you to purchase the "Cancellation option". Life Happens and it has happened individuals could not make it losing out on their purchase.
  • Morning flights work best for cooler weather and due to bringing other pups to fly cargo, yet will always do best to accommodate the customer.
  • See major airlines in section #2 above, each link will cover carry-on.

  • Some flights have limits of how many pets can be carried on a flight so important to study ahead.
  • Customer pays for pup's flight. Make sure you have drivers license/ID in hand. Health certificate is paid for in pup price, some airlines do not require it for carry-on, yet TI will provide one at all times for flying your pup.
  • Pups can be taken on as carry-on up to a certain weight limit, so do not plan on an older pup to do this with as my Standard Poodle pups at 8 weeks old will range from 8-15 lbs.
  • IF you stay the night before, most hotels provide shuttle buses to and from the airport. a) I prefer to meet you at your hotel or; b) can be at the airport...depending on airport. 
  • In staying over night, we need to plan at least a half an hour to finalize paperwork where we then give you and pup a ride to the airport several miles away, assuring all goes well for your flight back if you do not take a shuttle bus.
  • * 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! *

  • Customer will receive pup with the above style carry-on (may vary). Please understand, I have found this style to be the best in using as carry-on. Do not try to buy or send me a different style.
  • Carry-on dimensions of bag are around (these are somewhat squishable dimensions due to the flexible material for placing under seat) 10" Wide x 9" High x 18" Long. Once flight is in the air you may be allowed to place carrier on your lap at which the ends unzip and you can pet and comfort your pup.
  • 4 puppy pads are provided, a folding water/eating dish, a washcloth, and 2 pair of rubber gloves.
  • Small bag of Vets Choice Health Extension food
  • The step in harness is great for this travel experience
  • Collapsible water container
  • Below is "Hilo" with his owner traveling with him as Carry-on to New Mexico.


  • After flight decision booking made, you then inform/email TI your flight plans/itinerary so logistics can be worked.
  • TI must plan to get you to the airport at least 2 hrs ahead of flight.
  • Please call upon your arrival home :-)
  • What customer needs to bring for their standard poodles:

    • Leash...and love :0) TI provides step in harness.


    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!

  • When pups are born, TI posts the "8 weeks" later traveling/flying your pet date for customers to know. This is going to generally be DURING the week so plan accordingly. Airlines do not "generally" fly as many flights on weekends. 
  • As long as everyone can plan together for the same day TI will never charge travel expenses!
  • TI pays the flying health certificate for your pup which must be done within 10 days of your pup flying.
  • Alaskan flights DO cost more - $450+.
  • Peak Holiday seasons DO cost more $150 (12/20/21).
  • If shipping your pup at a separate date than the others for your convenience, see notes in #1.
  • In shipping pup at the earliest day-time hours, TI generally beats any heat problem :o) Don't worry about TI having to get the pups to the cargo area at 5am to catch your 8:30am flight out--NO PROBLEM. TI will do what needs to be done for the health of the pup and to get your new family member to you without as much stress as possible. This is when the cargo area opens in the morning (5am) and the pups must be there 2.5-3 hours prior to flying out. It seems to work great as the pups sleep the early morning hours :o)
  • The night before TI goes to bed at 6pm to get up at 1am to Houston, so please do not call after that!
  • TI uses a dog's mother pheromone spray (fragrance of the nursing mother) just before they leave to help relax them.
  • It is a new age in the pet flying world today, feel comfortable in knowing that your pup is being taken care of on the trip.
  • Sometimes Mother Nature will throw a glitch in the weather for us, TI will do everything possible that day to get you your pet. Take a deep breath and we'll get through it :o)
  • Good communication is imperative when working through the flight phase, that we can know what is to happen and when.
  • Overseas buyers; please thoroughly research who your transporter will be in understanding their requirements in #1 above, research your countries import animal rules. Example: Government rules and regulations, how old must the pet be to fly to your country, quarantines, and needed shots.
  • 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:

    • Your name, address, telephone number
    • Two airport options in Canada that your pup can fly into from MSP, MN or Houston, TX

    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'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)'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 may come back's inevitable...


  • Water and food container
  • Towel, washcloth, and newspapers if long distance travel
  • Leash
  • car seat harness
  • Pet bed if you have not purchased one from us
  • We are not crate trainers, that is why the car seat harness. If you crate your pets, of course bring your crate...and know they WILL get car sick on a long drive!
  • What TI provides with the purchase of your standard poodles:

  • Health Certificate if out of state. By law this is required.
  • Lupine harness for their starting age. See Lupine collars and harnesses on a google search to purchase an adult size later
  • Smelly toy from home
  • If long distance travel, dog food to travel (fed at night).
  • 7. Transporter/s

    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:

    Denise Ware


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