Your puppy will be shipped out of the Missoula, MT International Airport located approximately 45 miles from our home. Pre-Covid we had our choice of Delta, United or Alaskan Airlines and have had great success using these carriers for shipping our puppies. Currently our ONLY choice of airline is Alaskan Airlines. Airports on the East coast require an overnight stay in Seattle at Hillrose Pet Resort with an addition cost of "appx." $150. arriving the next day.
All shipping expenses are the responsibility of the buyer. These include an airline approved Crate, Food Dishes, Health Certificate and any airline fees that may apply.
Shipping costs are $250-$350.00 depending on the size of the crate, your geographic location and the specific airline servicing the airport nearest you. If you have more than one airport option, that is helpful for us to get the best flight connections to get your baby to you as quickly as possible. The cost of the crate is appx. $35 - $45 and the Health Certificate required by the airlines is $35.00. Another option where time allows for the new puppy parent, is to fly to the Missoula airport, overnight stay, and fly home with your baby under the seat.
I will make all of the arrangements for the flight appx. 10-20 days prior to your ship date for your puppy and will email you the flight information so that you can print it off and have it with you when you go to the airport. At this time we will know the exact charges for the flight.
A government issued ID is required when picking up your puppy and you will also need either your Reference or Airway Bill Number that will be given to you when your flight has been scheduled.
Western Montana winters in the valley are "typically" (not always) fairly mild with occasional drops in temperatures for short periods of time or early mornings. In December we can have valley fog that can also inhibit flights to get out of Missoula valley, but that is minimal & variable. Summers do not often present problems in getting out of Missoula as we usually have a temperature drop to a cool and pleasant level at night, which is perfect for the early morning flights depending on the final destination. Some of the hotter areas of the country can be very difficult to fly into which makes the option to fly in and get your puppy and fly home ideal.
The outside temperatures in all airports on the route need to be either 10-20 degrees for a low in the winter (with the exception of Alaskan Airlines) to 85 degrees in the summer months in order to be able to ship your puppy. He/she needs to be at least 8 weeks old in order to ship according to the requirements of the airlines. If for any reason we feel it is necessary to keep an individual puppy for another week or two, we reserve the right to do so. We do not let our puppies leave our home until they are at least 8 weeks of age.
For convenience and time effectiveness, we try to combine our trips to the airport so we may have specific ship dates. Be sure to check with us for the flight dates and times for your baby. It is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable about having your new little one put on an airplane and travel all across the country. We assure you that we have made many steps through their childhood to prepare them for this part of their journey. We expose them to sights, sounds, crate time and alone time to make their trip as non-stressful and comfortable as we can. To alleviate any fears or concerns that you may have regarding the shipping of your new little one, I have already taken steps to help make their trip an easy one during their training. The sounds of the vacuum, clippers, and the clipper vac are similar to those of the airplane. The puppies are typically comfortable & content in the crate for the necessary period of time shipping requires. I do not tranquilize my puppies, but occasionally will use Bach's Rescue Remedy to relax them for the journey to the airport. They have been acclimated to the weather we are having at the time. Unless it is winter and the temperatures are below 30-35 degrees depending on humidity, they will have enjoyed fresh Montana air and outside exercise.
The puppies travel in the cargo area of the plane where it is climate controlled for their comfort. We use clean shredded paper for the bed in their crate which is soft and cozy, but will also act as a kitty litter in the event they would soil in their crate. You new little one is usually happy and content during the duration of their trip, and no sedation is used on the puppies. The flight is harder on the new families that are anticipating their little ones arrival than on the puppy itself. We have a baggie of the Life Abundance Grain Free Kibble attached to the top of their crate, and highly recommend a snuggle puppy that has been rubbed on their momma & siblings as well a companion to snuggle with on the trip home.
Your new puppy will be ready to use the bathroom on arrival. A puppy pad would be a good idea to have available as you would not want to have your puppy use the area/ground of the airport or a nearby parking lot where many other dogs have gone and especially if you have a long trip home. This would insure their safety as they will have only had their first vaccination.
I would wait until you get your new puppy home to feed him/her if you live close by. Otherwise if you have a several hour trip, you will want to offer food and water and another chance or two to go to the bathroom.
A long car trip can actually be more of a risk for a pup as they can come in contact with many different diseases & animals at rest areas or places that are frequented by many people during a potty break. The time in the car, campers or hotels however, can be an awesome imprinting/bonding time for you and your puppy.You just want to be very careful where you choose to make your stops. Again, potty pads are a good idea to have on hand so they do not have to traffic on unclean ground. (Do understand that they are past that stage of training when you get home and they are not needed in your home.) Even though your puppy has been wormed, he/she has had only his/her first Parvo/Distemper Vaccination prior to leaving our home.
To help prepare your puppy to meet "you", we recommend that you send a shirt that has been worn by yourself, a current dog/or different family members to be in the crate with them. Please have it to us by the time they turn 6 weeks of age when final payment is due for those of you who are having them flown. This will enable him/her to recognize your scent immediately when you pick them up at the airport. In the event you are picking up your puppy, your puppy will have individual time with the shirt. They are not put with the litter as there probably wouldn't be much left to come home. Be sure and put the shirt in a gallon baggie and label it with you name.
We highly recommend the Snuggle Puppy that has a heartbeat and warmer to give them a sense of security and companionship while traveling and when they are home in their crate. There are a few color options to choose from as well as a really cool harness for car travel, heart cooling teether and doggie blankets for crate, home or car. We rub the puppy on mom, litter mates and us so they leave with our scent and what is familiar to them when they leave our home. They are also an excellent option for children that have trouble sleeping at night, or anxiety and need something to snuggle with. The warmer and heartbeat give them a sense of someone being in the the bed with them and bring quiet
comfort to the child.
These are the snuggle puppy color choices and other products snuggle puppy offers that are awesome. The snuggle puppies are an awesome option and companion for your puppy during the adjustment to your home and for years to come. In essence, its like bringing one of their siblings home with them. Please let us know ahead of time, and we will have the puppy of your choice ordered and available when you pick up your baby or for the crate for those that are being shipped.
Bounderz are designed for durable, lasting fun & play! Insert your dogs favorite treats into the toy to bust boredom and extend playtime. With or without treats, these toys are fun to chase & fetch.
If you choose to fly to Montana and pick up your puppy, they are small enough to go under the seat of the plane in the airline approved soft crates that you can purchase most anyplace that sells pet supplies. You are always welcome to come to our home to pick up your puppy and enjoy the beautiful Big Sky of Montana and our views of the Sapphire and Bitteroot Mountains!!!
Canadian Border Requirements
If puppy's are under 3 months of age, they aren't required to have any vaccinations. You will need your bill of sale for declaring the purchase. Duty and tax (GST) will be required at the border. GST Tax is 5% of the purchase (unless this changes) and for the duty price, you will have to call the Canadian Customs Border.