Red Stick Kennels

Transportation

Congratulations!! It's finally time to bring home your new miniature poodle, cockapoo, cavapoo, cocker spaniel, or golden doodle puppy.  We can help you make the adventure home comfortable for you and your new furry friend.

How do I get my puppy home?

You found the dog of your dreams. Now, all you have to do is get your puppy home safe and sound so you can begin your lives together.

Getting your new dog home safely is your first big job as a dog parent. And because you want to make sure your pup is as comfortable as possible during their journey, you might feel a little bit nervous. Luckily, we do this all the time, and we’re dedicated to making sure the process is as smooth as possible.


Of course, not all trips are the same. If you pick up your pup in person, all it costs you is a tank of gas and a little bit of time. If you’re having a dog transported from far away, it can get a bit pricier, including the cost of airfare and sometimes a flight nanny who takes care of your pup during the journey.


The big goal here is ensuring your puppy has an easy transition to its new home. We don’t make any money on the process; we’re just invested in making sure your new addition gets to you safely, ready to join your family. Let's go over the options...


Pick up

The local adoption process is easy and allows us to meet and share the special occasion. Sometimes though you may be more than a quick drive away. That’s fine — we have plenty of experience making sure dogs get to their new homes, transporting them all across the country.


If driving isn’t doable, but you still want to collect your pup in person and meet us, flying in yourself is another great option. Just remember, though, your dog has to be small enough to fit in a carry-on that can slide under the seat in front of you.


Before you buy those potentially pricey round-trip tickets with the onboard pet surcharge (generally $100-150), definitely check in with us to make sure your pup is still tiny enough to qualify as the most adorable carry-on ever.


You should also talk with us about where we will meet once you get into town. We are happy to meet you at the airport if you are flying in. Your decision will also help determine how much the trip costs you; in some cases, you may need to get a hotel room, which costs a bit extra but will make for a fun first night with your puppy.


Delivery

Flying out to pick up your puppy isn’t always feasible for everyone. The good news is that you’re not alone, we offer many options to help bring your puppy to you safely and comfortably.


Flight nanny


A flight nanny steps in to fly with your puppy if you can’t do it yourself. The flight nanny takes care of the pup during the flight, to ensure the dog’s comfort and safety. Sometimes we may serve as the flight nanny, while other times we contract a USDA licensed transporter to play doggy chaperone.


As you’d expect, this service comes with an extra price tag. Along with the cost of roundtrip airfare and the onboard pet fee, a flight nanny will likely want to be compensated for their time, especially on longer trips.


All told, this service can run between $500-800, but the professional care and peace of mind are worth every penny.


Delivery by car

Meeting your pup via ground transportation is a very viable option.  Usually, the faster you can get your puppy home the better. But if we are nearby, we may opt to deliver your puppy ourselves.


We do ask to be compensated for our time and gas, but a safe and comfortable ride with us is well worth it. Having your puppy delivered to your home will feel like a dream come true.

If we are unable to deliver your puppy ourselves, don't fret!  We have a great relationship with a USDA licensed air and ground transporter that we trust to deliver our puppies in a safe and timely manner.  We will be happy to put you in touch with them for a quote.