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  • Writer's pictureNeesa Loughmiller

How to Nanny Ship Your Puppy in the USA

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

When you are searching for doodle puppies for sale, you might find the perfect puppy a few states away. It's easy to get updates and photos of your growing puppy, but how are you going to get it home when the time comes?

One option that has become more popular in recent years is called "Nanny Shipping." This is where you charter someone to fly with your puppy from the breeder's airport to your closest airport. It's a great option for smaller puppies, as there are weight limitations, and gives you peace of mind that there is someone traveling with your puppy to bring it right to your loving arms.

How does Nanny Shipping work?

Keep in mind that most anyone can travel with a dog in the cabin of an airplane, so if you want to be your own flight nanny, go ahead and buy those tickets! otherwise, you're going to need to find a nanny who'll do the job with the utmost respect for their precious cargo: your puppy.

Many breeders have a list of flight nannies that they have worked with in the past, so a great place to start is to ask your breeder for a recommendation! otherwise, websites like Citizen Shipper are a great place to look. on this website, you have nannies bid on your trip. This gives you the leeway to pick the nanny that fits what you need.

Once you have a nanny picked out, you will coordinate with the nanny and the breeder to find a day that works for everyone, and get flights booked. The earlier you can get this done, the better, many nannies book out weeks in advance.

Once the puppy is old enough, and the day of travel has arrived, the breeder brings the puppy to the airport, and passes off the puppy to the nanny. The nanny then flies with the puppy, safely depositing your cute new furbaby into your waiting arms.

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  1. your puppy has an emotional support human along with them for the ride, making the flight much more enjoyable.

  2. Fast. Transporting a puppy via air cargo can be just as fast, but otherwise, car travel is the option and that can be taxing on a young puppy.

  3. Versatile - if you can buy a plane ticket to a destination, Nanny transport is an option. Not only that but there are no temperature restrictions as with cargo transport.


  1. Traveling in the cabin of the plane can be stressful for puppies too! Especially if it is a full flight, there might be a lot of things that keep the puppy's attention, which can lead to overwhelm.

  2. If flights get canceled, you and the nanny have to find other days and times that fit your schedules.

  3. The puppy has to be small enough to fit in a soft crate that can be slid under the chair on an airplane. This means that if your puppy is over 20 lbs, it likely won't fit.

Nanny Shipping can be a great option for you to get your puppy home to you! As you can see from the pros and cons list, there are some compelling reasons to use this method of transport and a couple of reasons why you wouldn't want to use this method.

Here at Doodles4love, we often recommend this option and have a list of flight nannies we love to refer you to. Check out our available puppies page to see what puppies we have currently that could be nanny shipped to you!

For more information on how to safely ship a dog in cargo visit this link. Cargo is a great option and this article will put you at ease with the process.

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