You need to ship your dog. Not sure what that entails? What’s it like for the dog? What about your wallet?
This article will give you the crash course in shipping your dog, and what to expect.
How to Ship a Dog to Another State
What do you need to do to ship your doggie to another state?
First, take a deep breath. Don’t be overwhelmed. Instead, picture arriving at your destination and seeing your baby frolic joyously towards you.
There are a number of businesses offering services. Before diving in to see which is best for you, you’ll want to gather some basic info about your pup.
- Gather paperwork and documentation
- Name, ID tags, Chips
- Special needs
- Name of states to and from
- Dates of departure and arrival
- Distance traveled
Once you’ve got all of that you’re ahead of the curve. Not too bad, right? Next is just finding a travel service of your choosing and requesting a quote. Tip: most companies offer free quotes, and there are many to choose from that do so.
UPS Dog Shipping
Can you UPS your dog? Safely? Comfortably?
You can ship your dog domestically or internationally through UPS.
Here you can find the official rules and requirements from UPS.
FedEx Pet Shipping
Can you FedEx your pet? What is this experience like for the animal? What about the costs?
FedEx has a service just for pet transportation.
FedEx Express utilizes the airlines to get your pet to you. You can learn more about it on this site: Bring Fido
Long Distance Pet Transport
Can you transport your pet long distances?
Absolutely, in fact, you can even transport your pet in luxury to cut down on the stress for both you and your friend.
Happy Tails Travel offers such services.
This is especially helpful if your animal has a lot of anxiety when it comes to car rides. It takes time to get most pets acclimated to travel and it requires a lot more in the way of preparation, pit-stops, and planning.
International Pet Shipping
Can you send your dog across borders and over-seas?
Including UPS, there are a number of services.
Contacting embassies in both the departing and arriving countries is a great place to start. After that, find a list of airlines willing to ship your pet and find out what they require.
For a broader view of the topic, here’s a short video to fill you in:
American Airlines Pet Shipping
How does American Airlines handle pet shipping?
They have a lot of experience doing so.
Laws, services, regulations, terms and conditions…these things all change. AA is very welcome to questions and maintains a 24/7 helpdesk.
You can visit their official site here: https://www.aacargo.com/learn/animals.html
Or go straight to their helpdesk by emailing AA questions about shipping your pet
Pet Ground Transport
Looking for a pet moving service that uses automobiles?
There are many companies to choose from.
Businesses like 4 Paws on Wheels use van and kennels to move your dog. You can opt in to group pet travel, where your dog travels with friends, or for VIP treatment, you can request private transportation.
Because there are many factors to consider, most companies offer free quotes for your specific animal, destination, and travel dates. Welcome to the secret world of Pet-Traffic-Control.
Shipping Puppies from Breeders
Picking up a new puppy straight from the breeder? But…can’t be there to pick it up?
Most pet shipping services are puppy friendly.
You will likely need to procure your own shipping company. Before you do, talk to the breeder. If this isn’t their first rodeo, they will often have something in place or good recommendations.
Different pet shipping companies charge for different things. Some charge solely by region.