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Old 08-03-2013, 02:45 PM
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I'm planning to get a pup later this year, and the breeder I've picked is in Ohio (I'm in Florida). I had planned to have the pup flown down at 8 weeks old. I've learned from this site (thanks to you all! ) that pups have a "fear imprinting" stage from 8 - 10 weeks old, where negative experiences can have a huge impact. I'm really concerned about the possible negative consequences of exposure to the loud sounds, unfamiliar smells and activity, and being all alone and in the dark during the flight (even though it's a short trip, timewise). I have a friend who had his PBGV flown down from a breeder up north. His dog is now 13 years old and has been terrified of loud sounds (storms, fireworks) her whole life. Do you think there's a connection? Storms could sound like a plane engine to a dog, I suppose. Would it be advisable to fly up there, and then fly back with the puppy in the cabin with me? Or am I just starting to get "overprotective nervous mommy" syndrome?
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One of our dogs we drove 12 hours each way to pick up so as not to put him on a plane. He is the one with fear issues.

Our other dog flew here and she is just fine.

So In my experience there is no correlation.


A breeder I really trust actually recommends flying pups. I will link her article for you when I am back at my computer
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OK thanks, Tess - you're very helpful!
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I can't speak from experience, but I actually just had a friend fly in a boxer pup from Germany a few weeks ago. Her pup came off the plan completely unphased and is an extremely adventurous, confident, and all around awesome little girl. So the experience didn't affect her at all.

I personally think at least one of my future boxers will be a euro import, but that's a long way off...
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Wow, Tess - great information! I feel better about flying the pup down - thanks!
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My pup just flew in from Oregon two weeks ago. I opted not to put him in cargo in large part due to the extreme heat we are having right now. A friend of mine went to Oregon to get him and bring him back to Oklahoma in cabin. He was just fine on the flight. I would not have wanted him to be in cargo with temps on the tarmac reaching upwards of 125 degrees. I might have opted to fly him in cargo during the more temperate spring and fall months though.

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I can't speak from experience, but I actually just had a friend fly in a boxer pup from Germany a few weeks ago. Her pup came off the plan completely unphased and is an extremely adventurous, confident, and all around awesome little girl. So the experience didn't affect her at all.

I personally think at least one of my future boxers will be a euro import, but that's a long way off...
That's good to know. Thanks - I just have "new mommy" syndrome - you've made me feel better.
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This forum is the best - everybody's so helpful! I'm very impressed
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Absolutely don't let a puppy fly in Cargo!
Delta airlines flew our Tessa in the pressurized part of the plane.
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