Is it okay to ship a dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Personally, I would not.  If a breeder was not within driving distance I would not consider them.  There are plenty of stories of pets being shipped on an airplane and nothing wrong happening, but there are also horror stories of pets being mishandled, mistreated, and even dying from being in the cargo hold.  I don’t feel like the risk is worth it. 

Post # 4
8678 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

There are companies that specialize in the shipment of dogs. Most dogs are treated like luggage, however some care is usually extended to them. 

It depends on the procedure on the shipper’s end. Most dogs (from my experience) are relatively heavily sedated during the trip. Just enough where they sleep most of the time. It also depends on the dog.. sometimes dogs get traumatized from relatively simple things (I was reading about a friend’s dog who is suddenly afraid of ceiling fans and panics every time she notices it in the room) meanwhile other dogs can endure being bait dogs, nearly dying and end up 100% okay. It’s just a tossup on how the dog will react.

Post # 5
641 posts
Busy bee

There have been exposés on dogs being treated horrifically in shipping. And others that are perfectly fine. I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with it, especially if the animal was a new adoption. It’s one thing to take your pet with you, but having that be the first order of business? 

Post # 6
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@BrideToBe14: I have read WAY too many horror stories of dogs being left in the heat/cold while waiting to be loaded, arriving covered in blood and/or feces and dead or dying after taking a flight. I would never NEVER put my dogs on a plane as cargo.

Post # 7
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had to ship my dog (pomeranian) to & from Israel to Michigan on more than one occasion when I was living abroad, and she wasn’t a happy camper at the end of the flight. However, it didn’t traumatize her for more than an hour. I think more than anything she was just scared because it was such a long journey (we wouldn’t see her for about 30hrs) & because she didn’t have her mama (me!) and was scared I wasn’t coming back for her.

But a flight from Florida? Don’t sweat it.

Post # 8
1745 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t recommend it.




That being said, I do know someone who had a puppy shipped after finding her ‘dream’ breeder in another state. After countless conversations it was done. He was fine when he got here.


The breeder was really important to her and she did extensive research after her Saint rescue attacked her. God, that was horrible. I guess there’s aggression showing up in poorly bred Saints, so she wanted a reliable pup from a top notch breeder.




Ooc, why are you ‘buying’ a dog that you’d have to fly?


ETA: Breed does factor in. Brachycephalic dog breeds are more at risk usually.


Post # 9
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We shipped my dog from Guam to Louisville KY and she was just fine! We are about to ship her to Hawaii and  when we eventually leave we will be shipping her, our great dane, and our cat all back to the mainland. These conpanies do this everyday and are great, but like anything else there are going to be some bad experiences and horrible things happen. Its very unlikely and I have never had an issue shipping a pet. I hope you dont let shipping him prevent you from adopting! Thats a wonderful thing and he will be in good hands!

Post # 10
5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

A commercial airline won’t take a pet if the owner isn’t flying too.

you can’t find a dog locally that you want?

Post # 11
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BrideToBe14:  I don’t like plane shipping but their are people who will drive your dogs across country! 

Post # 12
1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BrideToBe14:  Yeah, not OK.  Isn’t there a shelter near you?

Post # 13
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@BrideToBe14:  I would never do this. There was a thread about this recently and there was some really good info about airlines that actually treated the dogs well, however.

I know kill shelters that take the time to drive their dogs up to shelters in New England to hope for better adoption rates. I don’t have trust in breeders that can’t commit to the same thing.

Post # 14
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@Baimee:  you said

ETA: Breed does factor in. Brachycephalic dog breeds are more at risk usually.



Post # 15
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Honestly, I wouldn’t risk it.  My family has had to fly with our dogs before, and one of us would give specific instructions that the dog had to be kept inside until the last possible minute, then put on the plane, then be the first off and taken inside right away.  Someone would literally watch out the window to make sure this happened make sure that the flight crew was communicating with the crew on the ground.  If someone isn’t traveling with the dog, there’s a chance the dog could freeze to death on the runway/in cargo.  Depending on the breed, the dog could have breathing problems on the plane and die in flight.  I would really encourage you to go to your local shelter and try to find a dog.  If you’re set on a certain breed, look up breed-specific rescue organizations near you.  If you already had the dog and you were moving, I would say you could as long as you’re on top of what’s happening, but for a new dog you should find one that is already in your area.

Post # 16
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I know a lot of people in the military who ship their pets and they always seem to come off the plane fine. I just wouldn’t suggest adopting a new dog who’s older and flying him back home. You don’t know the dog, dog doesn’t know you, and it could really damage the relationship you’ll attempt to build. Why not find a dog who is closer to home? Is their something special about the dog and you must have him, I’d look into a ground transporter. Their are several really good ones, some drivers even allow you to call in and talk to the dog, others have cameras that you can watch a live video of your pet being transported. Some food for thought. 

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