Puppy Shipping Services & Safety Information

shipping puppies

With careful planning and when the right choices are made, transporting a puppy by plane or vehicle can both be safe options. When shipping puppies or traveling with other young pets, extra steps need to be taken to ensure their safety. To help your puppy have a safe and easy trip, here are a few things to consider:

  • Separating a puppy from its mother too early can have lasting negative effects, so above all, keep your puppy’s safety in mind and follow the advice of your vet before rushing into any travel plans. PetRelocation does not move puppies younger than 16 weeks (four months) old.
  • If traveling internationally, research the country's import rules to make sure your puppy is in line with all breed and vaccine requirements.
  • Check airline rules to compare flight options and make sure your puppy can enjoy a trip you’re both comfortable with.
  • Before planning to transport your puppy, talk to your vet about any concerns you may have, and don’t travel unless your puppy is in good health.

How much does it cost to ship a puppy by air?

Every puppy move is a little different. Origin and destination cities, the size of your puppy, and several other factors will affect how much their move ends up costing. You can expect a handful of standard items to be a part of the overall cost, no matter your origin location, puppy breed, or destination. Here are the costs you can expect no matter what:

  • Travel crate
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Pre-move vet visits
  • International health documents and import permits
  • Government endorsements
  • Customs fees
  • Quarantine fees

Learn more about how much it costs to ship a dog.

When is shipping puppies not recommended?

Primarily for safety reasons, PetRelocation does not ship puppies younger than 16 weeks. We believe that dogs are stronger and better equipped to handle the experience of air travel when they are at least four months old, and this also allows them to be properly vaccinated before travel.

Some countries allow young pets to enter before being vaccinated while others do not, so traveling with a very young dog may not even be possible depending on their destination. It’s important to review all airline and country import rules carefully and talk with your vet before you book your puppy’s travel arrangements in order to ensure they have a safe trip. 


Puppy scams are unfortunately very common. If you are wondering how to ship a puppy because you are in contact with a breeder or individual who wants to sell you a puppy, beware of the following red flags:

  • Does the seller want you to wire money via Moneygram or Western Union?
  • Does the seller’s email address seem spammy or unofficial?
  • Is the puppy “free” except for transportation costs?

If a transaction seems too good to be true, it just might be. Read more about puppy scams and how to avoid them, and be careful when dealing with unknown sellers.

When adding a new dog to your family, we recommend only dealing locally if you can and adopting from your local shelter if possible!

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