Without question, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience for all our dogs and new families adopting one of our furballs. We genuinely believe that our dog breeding program is the best, and without question, better than any other program we know of. From the first phone call you make to us to the day your puppy arrives in your arms and the years of cuteness and love following, Grace Wood Farm is going to be here providing the best for you and your pooch.
-Luke & Brittney
Founders, Grace Wood Farm
Air Travel Guide
Everything you need to know before your flight.
First off, let us congratulate you on your new Grace Wood fur-baby! As the anticipation and excitement for bringing your new puppy to come home grow, you're left with the procedure of getting your little one home. This process can be stressful, and sometimes messy, but our experienced Puppy Transporters are here to help!
In the guide below, our experienced team has compiled a list of tips & tricks and recommended supplies to bring along for the flight.
THE SUPPLIES YOU NEED
Pee pads & Poop bags
These are necessary for when your puppy has to go potty! Having pee pads helps prevent any mess, as well as provide a safe and clean spot for your puppy to do their business. Click Here for pee pads & click here for poop bags. You do NOT want to take your puppy to the common puppy/dog areas at the airport, as your puppy is not yet fully vaccinated and can get parvo from other dogs' poop.
We use Dyne as a sugar supplement to help keep the puppy's blood sugar levels good! Puppies at earlier ages (10/12 weeks and younger) are at risk for seizures when their blood sugar levels drop, so we work to prevent this from happening by using supplements during travel. Click Here for dyne supplement.
Leash & Collar
We highly recommend using a leash and collar with your new puppy, to keep your puppy safe and secure. The best time to start this training is right away, and it is a good idea to bring a leash and collar with you for the trip. Click Here for leashes.
When you're traveling with your new puppy, you’ll want to hold them as much as you can! However, when flying with your puppy, airlines require your puppy to remain in a carrier to keep your puppy safe & secure throughout the trip! Click Here for a recommended carrier brand.
Helpful Tips & Tricks
Best ways for puppies to go potty
At 8 weeks old your puppy is not fully vaccinated yet, so there are a few things to watch out for, before letting your little one go potty. You should be pre-checking the ground for garbage, as well as signs of other dogs being there. Poop is the most dangerous thing for your little ones, however, trash is very dangerous as well. They can get cut or swallow something that can hurt or even kill them. We do not recommend using pet relief areas.
Learn your flight path, airline (or airlines), and remain on schedule.
Once you have picked up the puppy, as you head to the airport go to your airline's Customer Service counter and state that you are traveling with a puppy as a carry-on. They will ask the following questions:
Type of dog
Age of dog (It must be over 8 weeks old)
Weight of puppy (Ask them to use their scale)
Then they will charge to have your pet transported as a carry-on. Most airlines charge $125.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
What do when the puppy poops
Make sure there are no accidents in the carry-on bag, before going through the TSA checkpoint. If there are any bad poop smells, they will not let you go through.
What to do if the puppy goes poop:
Head to bathroom
Take puppy out of carrier bag, with leash on!
Put the puppy on the floor and leash loop around your wrist or ankle to keep the puppy secure but free up your hands.
Proceed to take out the bottom of the carrier bag (bed padding), remove the top layer of bed padding, the puppy pee pad you put down, throw it away, but do not throw away the hard bottom.
Look at the sides of the carrier and clean off any mess using the bathroom paper towel, water, & soap.
Then after the carrier is cleaned up, put another clean puppy pee pad over the top of the hard bottom for comfort for the puppy, and in case of any more poops or pees to absorb it.
Then wash the puppy's paws in the sink from putting them on the ground, to ensure that no harmful germs or parvo are on them and then in their puppy crate with them.
Then place the puppy back in the carrier and proceed to the checkpoint.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
How to check the puppy's sugar levels
How to check a puppy's blood sugar levels
Throughout your trip you’ll need to check your puppy's capillary refill, how you do this is by lifting the puppy's lip, pressing on the gum, and seeing if the gum remains white or turns pink. If the gum remains white that means low blood sugar, if the gum is pink that means blood sugar is good.
If the gums are white proceed to use Dyne Supplement. Click Here for supplements. To start, open the puppy's mouth and inject the required amounts (read the label for amount) but if the puppy is fussy about taking the supplement, put the paste on your finger and slide your finger into the puppy's mouth, then close the puppy's mouth ensuring that they have swallowed the supplement. Make sure to wash or wipe your hands clean first. If they still don’t want it do NOT just decide to not give it to them! If your baby's gums are white they have to get their blood sugar up or they will have a seizure! The dyne is the best to use before it gets to that point because it also has supplements for the baby and will not spike their blood sugar. But if you see that their gums are white or are getting whiter, it would be better to give them dyne every hour than for them to have a seizure then you will have to spike their blood sugar and then watch so close that it does not fall again, thus you will be spending a lot more time in the recovery of your babies care. Plus the stress on you both.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
How to care for puppies on flight
How to care for puppy
Every puppy should be given food and water and the occasional dyne supplement if necessary. Although, if you give them too much food you’ll have a higher chance of an accident, half a cup every 4 hours should suffice. They also still have to be given water. If a puppy gets dehydrated it can fade fast, specifically because you will not have access to a vet for an indefinite amount of time. The reason why this can happen fast is that this is their first time away from home, their siblings, and location breeder, stress on top of dehydration and their age, will take havoc fast on our little fur babies.
Poochons, micros, and mini’s are a different story however, make sure they’re getting a DYNE supplement every two hours and you’re checking their capillary refill every hour and a half. If a puppy's blood sugar drops the puppy can have a seizure. If you are on a plane and your puppy has a seizure, this will cause a very scary stressful time for you and your baby. You will need to get your baby comforted first and secured on your lap. Then you will need to get sugar water, dyne, and if really bad also straight sugar. This will keep your baby from getting another seizure and help their blood sugar rise. You have to be extremely careful after this, now you have had a seizure and a lot of sugar. This means you now have to watch that their high sugar does not both stay too high and that it does not crash again, resulting in another seizure.
Also, every two hours if possible, let them out of their Carriers to use the bathroom to avoid having accidents. You CANNOT let them go to the bathroom in dog parks or dog areas at the airport or even outside of the airport. Puppies at this age are NOT fully protected from parvo yet, they get this from the poop of an infected dog, it can live up to two years in grass, etc. Bleach is one of the only things that can kill it, so they don't bleach those areas, they are not safe.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
When the Puppy Cries
When the puppy cries
Pick-up day is full of emotions, excitement, joy, as well as a little bit of homesickness on the puppies' end. When you’re traveling with your puppy, and they start to cry, just reach your hand inside the carrier and pet them. Having something safe that your baby can chew on to help his/her nerves is recommended. This is a way that a puppy helps him/herself to self-soothe. All your puppy needs is to know that you are there and that they are not alone, but you are brand new, so that is a part of their cries is all the new smells and people. But if you take the time to pet and speak softly to them in their carrier with them also having a safe chew toy they will be comforted.
by Solaya Sinclair ~ Grace Wood Farm Transport
We hope that the recommendations above help you on your adventure with your new puppy! If you have any questions or concerns about your trip please call our number 803-888-4149 extension #4 to be connected to Solaya.
Grace Wood Farm LLC.
3400 Caroland Drive, Fort Mill, SC, 29708