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Shipping Puppies

When shipping a puppy, we make all the travel arrangements. The puppies are shipped to your nearest major airport.

We primarily use Delta Airlines to ship the puppies. If we can't make connections using Delta, we then ship with American Airlines. The puppies are shipped in an airline-approved crate with food, water and documents that can be used for training and traveling with the puppy.

Both airlines ship using same-day shipping that is safe and secure for the puppies. Both airlines offer priority shipping. If the puppies do travel in the cargo area, however, it is pressurized and at the same temperature and has the same air filtered in as the passengers breathe. Having shipped puppies for 40 years, we have never had a negative incident. We have purchased puppies for our own use and had them shipped in, and were always very pleased with the condition of the puppies and the attention they received while in the care of the airlines.

When sent priority, your puppy doesn't have as much "sitting around" time while waiting for processing. They are guaranteed to be taken immediately off the plane with no long holding periods before, during or after the flight. They are hand delivered to each counter. We do not sedate the puppies before travel as it is not recommended by our veterinarian. The reason why is because if there was turbulence the puppy might be injured because he was unable to brace himself against sudden movement.

Most families report that the puppy was made available to them between 15 to 30 minutes from the time the plane arrived. When your puppy arrives, he may be picked up in the cargo pickup area or, if shipped priority, picked up at the priority parcel office of the airport, which is generally in the baggage claim area. The airlines usually require some form of identification before they will release the puppy to the new owner. After you pick up your puppy and have returned home, we would ask that you email us to let us know how the puppy is doing.

All puppies must be a minimum of 8 weeks old to fly. We prefer to ship the bigger puppies at 8-1/2 to 9-1/2 weeks of age, and small puppies such as Chihuahuas at 10 to 12 weeks of age or not until they are at least 2 pounds.

It must be at least 10 degrees above (F) but not hotter than 85 degrees at any point in their trip to their new home.

We make all the shipping arrangements. We search for the shortest available flight. We try to make the arrangements 2 weeks in advance, if possible. We will email the flight arrival information (airline, day of shipment, flight number, air bill number and time of arrival) as soon as they have been confirmed to us by the airline, along with the cost of shipping so you can send payment for shipping when you send the balance due on your puppy. Flight time and numbers are subject to change without notice. If they do, we will contact you immediately after the puppy has been put on the flight with the changes and all information you will need to pick up your puppy.

Puppies shipped through airlines are guaranteed by the airline with an additional charge, which is minimal. We suggest insuring your puppy for the value of the puppy. If you want insurance on your puppy, let us know as that has to be done before the puppy is placed on the airplane. We, as the breeder, do not guarantee the puppy's safe arrival. The airlines do with insurance paid for by the buyer.

Included with shipment of each puppy is its certified health certificate, vaccination and worming record, copy of USDA paper, AKC registration application for the puppy, its pedigree, tips on care and training your puppy, and your puppy's guarantee.

Andora Kennels
Owners: Tyler & Vicki Gerlach
Sales: Jane Gerlach
26390 392nd Ave.
Stickney, South Dakota 57375
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