Northern Lakes Labradors, LLC

Providing your family with a lovable therapy dog, service, hunting companion or other type of working dog.  
"Quality puppies from our home to yours!"

~Shipping Your Puppy Safely~



More info and Details about Shipping
Which Airline?
We use several major airlines for shipping, but usually Delta or United.  The process is safe, simple, and cost effective.  The pup first obtains a health certificate from a vet.  On the day of travel, he/she is placed in a well-ventilated airline transport crate, and received by a special division of the airlines.  He/she is placed on board just minutes prior to departure, and will travel in a temperature controlled, pressurized area of the aircraft. (If he loses pressure, so do the passengers.) The pup will usually sleeps for most of the flight.
(We do not use sedatives. They are unnecessary and can be very dangerous!!)

Remember ? your pup never really knows that he/she is on an airplane, and he/she does not have a fear of flying.  The best part is that he/she can be in your arms in just a few short hours. This is usually less traumatic than traveling by car.  In all the years of shipping puppies, we have only had positive experiences.  No one has ever been disappointed with the particular puppy that they received.

Picking up your puppy at the airport
This part is the most fun!  Just simply show up at the cargo or baggage claim area, I will let you know in advance which for your particular airport.  (Don?t worry - your pup won?t come flying down the belt with all the suitcases.)  Show them your I.D. and they will give your pup to you.  Many families use this as the surprise introduction to their children or spouses.  Have a camera ready!  Other than water, there is nothing special you will need. It's a good idea to bring some bottled water with.  When you get to a grassy area, let him/her out for a bathroom break.  Don?t bother with a collar or leash, I'll have one for you in his/her crate (or in the airline packet).
Once the bathroom break is over, you will find it more comfortable to travel with your new pup beside you on the seat. He will most likely go back to sleep by the warmth of your leg, this is a great first bonding experience.  It's also not a bad idea to bring some wet wipes and paper towels along, just in case......  You may want to bring some plastic bags to clean up after your pup, and so you have somewhere to put any soiled paper towels, etc.  (Grocery store bags work great for this!)

Then, when it's safe to do so, PLEASE give us a call so we know you have your new baby safely in your arms!!  We tend to worry if we don't hear from you.  Plus, we can't wait to hear how happy you are with your new little one!!  (612) 232-6399. 


COST
Shipping through the airlines is the best way to get your puppy shipped safe and sound.  The total cost of transporting your puppy is approximately $350.00. This includes the travel crate, the health certificate from our vet, and the airfare.  If your puppy is over 12 weeks of age, Rabies will need to be given before his/her flight, which is an additional $20. If your puppy is older/ larger, he/she will need a larger crate, so there will be an additional cost for that up-charge and for the airfare increase.

If you are adopting 2 puppies who can fly together, the airfare is usually only about $50.00 extra.  If they are each over 20 pounds, they will need their own crates, so there will be a $40.00 charge for another travel crate. 


Break down of what is included:

  • Health Certificate. This saves you money, as it counts for the first vet visit!  (In many cases, the first vet visit can run $100 to $150 dollars).
  • Airline transport crate. This can be used as a house breaking crate for the first couple of weeks to months.

Disclaimer: While every puppy we have ever shipped has arrived perfectly, we cannot be held responsible once the puppy is dropped off at the airport.

Weather for Shipping:

If we use Delta: To be able to ship, the temperatures anywhere a puppy flies to, including lay-overs must be between 10 and 85 degrees.  If temps are too hot during the day, often times in early morning or late evening flight will work. 
 Check the forecast for your local airport to see if the temps are in the shipping range.
Visit Weather.gov for your local forecast, up to ten days in advance.

United Airlines uses a different method than the other airlines, and are therefore able to ship to the cities that they serve, even during extreme hot or cold temps!!

Airport Codes:
To find the 3-digit code of the airport nearest to you, click on this link.


This is a list of most US airports that allow pets to be shipped there.  It is not a complete list, but a good guide on where pets are able to be shipped to  easily.

States, Cities, and Airport codes should appear in a table form listed alphabetically.
 
A more up-to-date list of locations and hours can be found here:
 
*ALABAMA*


*IOWA*


*OHIO*

Birmingham
 BHM     

Burlington
BRL

Cincinnati
CVG
Huntsville/Decatur    
HSV

Cedar Rapids / Iowa City
CID

Cleveland
CLE
*ALASKA*


Des Moines
DSM

Columbus
CMH
Anchorage
ANC

Dubuque
DBQ

Dayton
DAY
*ARIZONA*


Waterloo
ALO

Toledo
TOL
Phoenix
PHX

*KANSAS*


*OKLAHOMA*

Tucson
TUS

Wichita
ICT

Lawton
LAW
*ARKANSAS*


*KENTUCKY*


Oklahoma City
OKC
Bentonville/NW AR
XNA

Lexington
LEX

Tulsa
TUL
Fort Smith
FSM

Louisville
SDF

*OREGON*

Little Rock
LIT

Owensboro
OWB

Portland
PDX
Texarkana
TXK

Paducah
PAH

*PENNSYLVANIA*

*CALIFORNIA*


*LOUISIANA*


Harrisburg
MDT
Bakersfield
BFL

Baton Rouge
BTR

Philadelphia
PHL
Burbank
BUR

New Orleans
MSY

Pittsburgh
PIT
Fresno
FAT

Shreveport
SHV

*RHODE ISLAND*

Long Beach
LGB

*MAINE*


Providence
PVD
Los Angeles
LAX

Bangor
BGR

*SOUTH CAROLINA*

Monterey* (3 leg)
MRY*

*MARYLAND*


Columbia
CAE
Oakland
OAK

Baltimore
BWI

Charleston
CHS
Ontario
ONT

*MASSACHUSETTES*


Greenville/Spartanburg
GSP
Orange County
SNA

Boston
BOS

*SOUTH DAKOTA*

Palm Springs
PSP

Nantucket
ACK

Sioux Falls
FSD
Sacramento
SMF

Worchester
ORH

*TENNESEE*

San Diego
SAN

*MICHIGAN*


Chattanooga
CHA
San Francisco
SFO

Detroit
DTW

Jackson
MKL
San Jose
SJC

Grand Rapids
GRR

Knoxville
TYS
San Louis Obispo(3)  
SBP*

Kalamazoo
AZO

Memphis
MEM
Santa Barbara
SBA

Lansing
LAN

Nashville
BNA
*COLORADO*


Traverse City
TVC

*TEXAS*

Co. Springs
COS

*MINNESOTA*


Abilene
ABI
Denver
DEN

Minneapolis / St. Paul
MSP

Amarillo
AMA
Durango
DRO

Rochester
RST

Austin
AUS
Gunnison
GUC

*MISSISSIPPI*


Beaumont / Pt. Arthur
BPT
Steamboat Springs
HDN

Jackson
JAN

College Station
CLL
Vail
EGF

*MISSOURI*


Corpus Christi
CRP
*CONNECTICUT*


Cape Girardeau
CGI

Dallas / Ft. Worth
DFW
Hartford/Springfield
BDL

Columbia
COU

El Paso
ELP
*FLORIDA*


Ft. Leonard* (3 leg)
TBN*

Harlingen
HRL
Ft Lauderdale
FLL

Joplin
JLN

Houston/Intercontinental
IAH
Ft Myers
RSW

Kansas City
MCI

Houston / Hobby
HOU
Jacksonville
JAX

Kirksville
IRK

Killeen
GRK
Key West* (3 leg)
EYW*

Springfield / Branson
SGF

Laredo
LRD
Miami
MIA

St. Louis
STL

Longview
GGG
Naples
APE

*NEBRASKA*


Lubbock
LBB
Pensacola
PNS

Lincoln
LNK

McAllen
MFE
Orlando
MCO

Omaha
OMA

Midland / Odessa
MAF
Tampa
TPA

*NEVADA*


San Angelo
SJT
West Palm Beach
PBI

Las Vegas
LAS

San Antonio
SAT
*GEORGIA*


Reno
RNO

Tyler
TYR
Atlanta
ATL

*NEW JERSEY*


Waco
ACT
Savannah
SAV

Newark
EWR

Wichita Falls
SPS
*ILLINOIS*


*NEW MEXICO*


*UTAH*

Bloomington
BMI

Albuquerque
ABQ

Salt Lake City
SLC
Champaign
CMI

*NEW YORK*


*VIRGINIA*

Chicago
ORD

Albany
ALB

Dulles
IAD
Chicago / Midway
MDW

Buffalo
BUF

Norfolk
ORF
Decatur
DEC

New York  Kennedy
JFK

Richmond
RIC
Marion
MWA

LaGuardia
LGA

*WASHINGTON  ST.*

Moline
MLI

Newburgh/Stewart
SWF

Seattle
Spokane
SEA
GEG
Peoria
PIA

Rochester
ROC

*WASHINGTON  DC*

Quincy
UIN

Syracuse
SYR

Wash Nation/ R. Reagan
DCA
Springfield
SPI

White Plains
HPN

-WISCONSIN-

*INDIANA*


*NORTH CAROLINA*


Green Bay
GRB
Evansville
EVV

Charlotte
CLT

Lacrosse
LSE
Fort Wayne
FWA

Greensborough
GSO

Madison
MSN
Indianapolis
IND

Raleigh/Durham
RDU

Milwaukee
MKE
 

Questions?

You may contact us by EMAIL or call us toll-free at (612) 232-6399