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traveling with a new puppy

I am picking up a 10 week old puppy soon and will need to travel by plane back home with the puppy. I am a little worried about the trip with a new puppy. Can someone help with this? What do I need to do and know so that the trip is smooth. The plane trip is 3 hours in the air but time spent in the airport will add several more hours to the trip. Thank you.
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Congratulations on finding a puppy!

I havenít flown with mine yet, but Iím happy for you!
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Thanks for your wishes, but I need to know if flying back by plane with a 10 wk old puppy is a good idea and doable. Can someone respond about this? Thanks.
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Thanks for your wishes, but I need to know if flying back by plane with a 10 wk old puppy is a good idea and doable. Can someone respond about this? Thanks.
Very doable. I brought Loki home on a plane at 10 weeks. I had the Sleepypod Air carrier for both the car and the plane. He was great all things considered. There was some crying when we left the breeders house. I strapped the carrier in the front seat - something I wouldn’t do now but he was so light the airbag wouldn’t go off. I just kept talking to him on the way to the airport. I brought pee pads, tiny travel bowl, some of his kibble. I had a blanket from the breeder that smelled like mama to put in the carrier. At the airport, I let him pee on the pee pad but didn’t let him off the pad. He was so tired by the time we got on the plane he slept in the carrier with the blanket almost the whole way home. He woke up when we landed. Of course we were at a gate where you have to take a bus from the plane. (35x if you know dca). He cried because he had to pee but there was nothing I could do about it at the time. He eventually peed in the carrier. I had one of these pads in the carrier.
He wasn’t too wet but got a rinse off when we got home. Make sure you have some puppy shampoo. Dry Fur Carrier Insert Pads.




We are getting another puppy in August. This time will be a 6 hour drive home. I would have flown again but we just so happen to be driving near the breeder on the way home from vacation.


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I picked up Skye at about the same age. Our flight was under 2 hours, but we sat in the airport for about 2 hours waiting for the flight. He was so good on the flight that the guy in the next seat didn't know I had a puppy with me until I pulled his carrier out after landing.

I bought his carrier on Amazon and had it delivered to the breeder so he could become familiar with it and it would smell like home. The breeder didn't feed him the morning of the trip. I think those two things helped a lot. Also she sent a little Kong stuffed toy that he and his siblings had played with.

I was prepared with puppy wipes, paper towels, treats, ziplock bags, etc. I didn't use any of it, but would probably take all that stuff if I were going to do it again. She also sent one of those collapsible silicon bowls. He had just a little drink before departure and I gave him some more water before loading into my truck to head home.

Thankfully puppies at that age sleep most of the time. You should do fine.
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Thank you for your replies. Your answers helped me a lot. I will use your suggestions!!
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My 12 week old puppy flew by herself to me and it was two long flights. She got airsick and was a little traumatized, missing her mommy and brothers and sisters but she adjusted fairly quickly. Those pee pee pads that keep the dog’s fur from getting wet sound awesome. I am going to have to drive with my pup from Oregon to New Mexico soon and I think I will have to get some of those because I can’t stop every two hours to let her out to pee!!

I drove 3,800 miles in 2018 with my little Maltese and she did great!! I piled her on top of several blankets and she laid in her dog bed the whole week. Every time I stopped for gas or food I let her out to stretch her legs and pee or poop and have some food and water. Having a Lixit bottle for drinking water is convenient for hooking to the crate.

You might want to get some drops to give your pup for airsickness, something organic to calm his/her stomach. I use Pet Calm.

Good luck! You will probably do fine. Just talk to her and pet her whenever you can to reassure her. You might want to have some mini treats too or I cut up beef jerky into tiny little pieces as a treat.
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I flew home with two of mine. The two hour trip from the breeder's house to the airport was harder than the flying/airport part. I had a friend with me on both trips (WELL worth the cost of the extra ticket, IMO!!!) About halfway to the airport, Kodi started fussing, so we found a place to stop. We didn't dare put him on the ground, so we spread his pee pad in the trunk, let him potty there, and continued to the airport. We offered to let him pee in the airport, but he didn't need to, he slept all the way on the plane and did pee on his pad in the airport at the other end, before our hour ride home on that end.

Pixel started HOWLING within minutes of leaving the breeder's house. We thought she just needed to settle, so we kept going. Big mistake, which our noses quickly told us. She had diarrhea all over the inside of her carrier. Fortunately, we had extra bedding, lots of paper towels, wipes and bottled water. So we got her cleaned up, back in her carrier in clean bedding and she didn't make another peep. We SHOULD have listened to her, poor thing! At the airport, (again, 2 hours from the breeder) they had BIG planters, WAY off the ground, outside, with trees in them. So we popped her into one of those and she promptly peed. (no other dog had been in there, I'm SURE!!!) Again, she traveled on the plane without a peep, charming EVERYONE in the waiting area with her own sweet self. The trip home by car on the other end was just as uneventful.

Here is a picture of her in the airport waiting area. She sure was a cutie!!!
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The only advice I would have is to NOT use the pet relief areas OR even let them walk around in the airport at that age - since they're not fully vaccinated yet and you don't know what other dogs have been around. Use pee pads if needed.
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The only advice I would have is to NOT use the pet relief areas OR even let them walk around in the airport at that age - since they're not fully vaccinated yet and you don't know what other dogs have been around. Use pee pads if needed.
YES!!! DOn't let them on the ground anywhere other dogs have been at that point. I was able to use the big planters just BECAUSE they clearly were not a place a dog could get! LOL!
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