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HI all I'm going to pick up our new puppy Monty in Boise Idaho in June. The flight will be 3 1/2 hours back to Chicago. Has anyone flown with a puppy yet and any advice you could give me would be appreciated. We did purchase a large Sherpa bag to bring him home.
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I've flown with a puppy (3 months old) before, but the latest flying was with Perry when he was 9 months (but on a much much longer flight). Advise would be - don't feed / minimal water the morning of the flight, bring some toys that you know he likes (perhaps the breeder will give you a couple?). I also try to get a seat towards the back of the plane when flying economy -- I know it's more of a pain to get out, but it's usually also a little less crowded and definitely less bumping from passengers as everyone gets on.
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The large sized Sherpa bag is too large as it fits dogs up to 22 lbs. The bag dimensions do not fit airline requirements for it to fit under the seat in front of you. Your puppy will be tiny so a small or medium bag will be appropriate.

Make sure to line the bag with potty pads as your puppy may throw up on the car ride to the airport and on the plane. So bring extra pads and paper towels to clean up messes.

I picked up my puppy in person at 10 weeks old and flew with her from the East Coast to the West Coast.
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Do you need a health certificate to fly domestic with dogs/ puppies (we need it to fly international) - if yes, make sure that your breeder is getting that for you before you arrive.
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I flew Loki home at 10 weeks. I got a smaller soft sided carrier that could be seat belted into the car - I think it was on sale and less than $20. I am lucky - Loki does not get motion sick. He did great. I was by myself so I put his carrier in the front seat (he wasn't near heavy enough to engage the airbag). He cried a little when we left the breeders. I just talked to him and he soon settled down. We had about an hour drive to the airport. At the airport, I took him to the family bathroom and put down a pee pad. I couldn't get him to pee he was too distracted. He did great on the plane - slept the whole way until we landed. He whined a little then. Of course, we ended up on a small plane that parked on the tarmac and we had to take a bus to the terminal - he was whining. I knew he had to pee but couldn't do anything about it. He peed in the carrier but I just went to the ladies room and changed the pee pad and wiped him off with a wipe. (Get some Earth Bath Grooming Wipes.) Only his back legs and tummy were wet so I washed them in the sink when we got home. I thought I had everything but I didn't have any shampoo. Earth Bath Fluffy Puppy is great for the little ones and tear free. I still use it for Loki's face.

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Do you need a health certificate to fly domestic with dogs/ puppies (we need it to fly international) - if yes, make sure that your breeder is getting that for you before you arrive.
No, you do not. But the puppy should have been checked by the vet within a short period of time before you bring it home anyway.
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Do you need a health certificate to fly domestic with dogs/ puppies (we need it to fly international) - if yes, make sure that your breeder is getting that for you before you arrive.
Scout flew from Ottawa Canada to San Francisco. I was told he didn't need a health certificate. I took him to a vet for an exam and to get the certificate before our flight. I wanted to avoid any possible problem with the flight. Unfortunately we then missed our flight. The only thing Customs wanted to see was Scout. 😊
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Thanks everyone. We are really exited to get him (Monty) and fly him back. I will remember puppy pads, wipes, shampoo (at home, in the event he has an accident...) , toy, a little water and no food before flying. We are sitting in row 2 beyond 1st class. We priority boarding so hopefully, I can get to my seat first, so that the little guys doesn't get pushed around and bumped by other passengers. Its almost a 3 hour flight so very I'm nervous about.
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Thanks everyone. We are really exited to get him (Monty) and fly him back. I will remember puppy pads, wipes, shampoo (at home, in the event he has an accident...) , toy, a little water and no food before flying. We are sitting in row 2 beyond 1st class. We priority boarding so hopefully, I can get to my seat first, so that the little guys doesn't get pushed around and bumped by other passengers. Its almost a 3 hour flight so very I'm nervous about.
He'll do fine!!!
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Thanks everyone. We are really exited to get him (Monty) and fly him back. I will remember puppy pads, wipes, shampoo (at home, in the event he has an accident...) , toy, a little water and no food before flying. We are sitting in row 2 beyond 1st class. We priority boarding so hopefully, I can get to my seat first, so that the little guys doesn't get pushed around and bumped by other passengers. Its almost a 3 hour flight so very I'm nervous about.
I would double check your seat assignment - often the row right behind first / business class does not have an underseat in front of you (though re-reading this I can't decide if you meant the row 2 which is right behind first class or the 2nd row beyond 1st class)
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