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I've flown with dogs before, and United did a great job. But, that was as a companion animal in cargo with a human ticket purchased. United has climate controlled cargo in most planes for pets. The flights were quite long, 6 hours, 5 hours, and one nine hour flight in there also. But, I have never shipped a pet alone. If I would have to, I'd go with Delta or Continental's programs.
 

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Ive never flown a pet before. Have you looked into the "pet airlines"? I cant remember the name, and they arnt in every city, but there is an airline for pets only. Are you flying just the dog, or you and the dog? Are you getting that close??!!
 

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We've flown United, who code share with Air Canada, before. One important thing is to use plastic fasteners to close the crate door. This prevents the crate from accidentally opening, but also means that someone with a pair of scissors could open the crate if they needed to.

We've flown United both as a companion ticket (in cargo) and with Ziggy on her own (in cargo again).
 

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Delta is who I have used 3 times. I have both shipped AND received. I was happy with how fast I got the puppy after the plane landed....maybe 8 minutes tops.
 

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Ive never flown a pet before. Have you looked into the "pet airlines"? I cant remember the name, and they arnt in every city, but there is an airline for pets only. Are you flying just the dog, or you and the dog? Are you getting that close??!!
Bigpoodlep. - yes, I have been doing a lot of research about pet-transport and airlines.Puppy was supposed to travel alone.

After reading a BUNCH of breeder web-sites and also airline websites - I almost decided that Continental is the "way to go" until I found a whole site with people throwing "sticks and stones" on that company :wacko:. Some horror stories followed, of course : ((.

So, I decided to ask our members about their experience and hoped that some breeders who regularly ship puppies to their costumers would chime in : ) !

Thank you Tina, Cdnjennga, and Partial - your info is much appreciated and very helpful and thanks Bigpoodle for your concern : ))) !!!!

I called Continental this morning and discovered that they canceled a TON of their "destinations" and also it was almost impossible to get the "live person" to talk to - all to the contrary of what they were advertising (like for example that a pet-owner can "track" a puppy by calling a number and get info about flight time-table 24/7 !!!!)

Anyways - Continental is off !!!!

I will now concentrate on United or Delta : ))) !

I am not sure if I will actually proceed with the puppy that I was thinking about due to some new complications (call me a "Neverspoo" ), but since I started the research I wanted to finish it so I would be ready if next opportunity arises.

Best to all : ))))) !!!!
 

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I want to say that United has had my dogs waiting for me before the baggage was ready. Picking up a dog at O'Hare, he was waiting with an escort for me, in the oversized baggage area, happy and ready to be off the plane. Granted, it probably took me 10-15 minutes to get to the baggage area with a baby and all the things with getting a baby through the airport. Another airport, she was waiting in the customer service area behind the counter to be picked up. Picking her up at Honolulu was the longest wait, but that was because she was in the ag. area for inspection, rather than at the baggage claim. I wish you the best of luck!
 
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