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Tips on Transporting Puppy

I will be going to pick up my puppy late in October. It is about a 5-hour drive (over mountain passes) to pick her up--and another 5 to drive back home with her. Does anyone have tips on how to make the trip as easy as possible on her and on me? Thanks!

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Drive up the day before, stay in hotel. Pick up puppy the next day and drive home hopefully before noon, so it is still daylight when you get home.

Dexter slept the entire trip home except for the initial 30 minutes. We drove over 4 hours one way.

If you are going to pick up the puppy pretty early in the morning, I would say, skip puppy's breakfast.

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I drove about 5 hours to pick up Javi. I like to drive so it was easy for me. I brought a small crate with me that I could strap into the front seat. Breeder gave me some toys that had the litter's scent on it which I put into the crate. Javi slept from NH to Stanford, CT . . . and then he woke up barking and yelping. He really scared me at first. I pulled off the highway and he was barking because he had to go. Short potty stop and we were on our way again. He has always been a great traveller though. Not sure it would have been the same for my others.

I would definitely bring a small crate.


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Hi Nancy, welcome to the forum...we are neighbors!!! Your baby girl is just adorable!

I went over the pass to pick up my hav puppy too, it was two years ago, now.

We did go over the night before and spent the night, and bought her home the next day. We played with her when we got there the first day and then went to the hotel and in the morning we picked up her and went home. Not so much driving in one day.

Is your puppy getting any kind of crate training? I ask because you will probably bring her home in and crate. And you will want to know what are her potty habits...does she use a pee pad?

Because I would bring a crate (with blanket) to put her in to bring her home with a stuff animal, and something that smells like her home (get from her breeder), a pee pad for going potty. I woud bring water dish and water, leash and collar just if you have to stop for potty break outside. Sometimes they get car sick, so something to clean up with it that happens. -or something to clean up any potty accidents.

I will keep has been a while since I picked up a puppy. My Missy slept all the way home, we didn't have any problems what so ever.

Will you be picking her up by yourself ?

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Havs are known for carsickness but its preventable if you use a calming aid. Last November my mother drove out to Colorado from St.Louis, about a 1000 mile trip with 3 pups and 1 adult which were ALL prone to carsickness with no incidents.

PetEase by Nutrivet available at Petsmart is what I used but there are quite a few brands out there.
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If you can get some cheap baby bibs in case of carsickness, it is a lot less mess to clean up. But I will just keep my fingers crossed there is no carsickness for you to deal with.

Congrats on the new addition!

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We brought Murphy home and it took about 7 hours. I had my sons with me and that helped a LOT, try to take someone with you. He curled up in his crate and went to sleep but when he woke up we stopped and he had a potty break and a drink of water. Bring a collar and leash, a crate so puppy is confined, we brought a blankie and some toys, and bring lots of paper towels just in case. Pee pads are great to line the crate if he has an accident.

Don't forget your camera!!!

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We have taken several long car trips with Sissy. Sissy does great in the car and can't wait to go.

We always keep the air conditioner on high and keep it really cold in the car. We will wear sweaters so she can have the cool air circulating.

Water & bowl, toy, blanket.

Hope all goes well for you.

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Tucker has always done well in the car. When he was younger he was always in a small crate. Now he rides in a dog seat. I always keep most of the vents pointed on him, with air conditioner on fairly high, too, like Marie above. If Tucker starts panting I turn up the cold air, and whenever he sticks his nose up to the window I open it a couple inches for him to also get the fresh air and scents he likes to check out. We usually drive shorter distances, like 15-60 minutes, and once a year we travel 13 hours straight in the car. He's never gotten sick.

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Thanks, everyone, for all the great tips! I'm sure the pick-up will go smoothly, but I have to confess that I am a little nervous about it. I really want a smooth transistion for her. I'm sure it will be a little traumatic being taken from the home she's known since birth and then taking a long drive with a stranger--someone she hasn't bonded with yet. I'm sure it will be fine, and I will plan to make as many stops as she needs along the way.


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