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! :thumbsup 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?