Did you know that in the United States 66% of people consider their pets their best friend?
It’s no wonder that if someone decides to move out of state, leaving their pet behind isn’t an option.
Moving? Adopting a puppy out of state?
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to ship dogs by ground.
Get That Fur Baby Home! How to Ship Dogs by Ground Safely
When you’re moving out of state it can be easy to get so caught up with the move that you forget to give your pet as much attention as you normally do. You want to make sure you give your fur baby as much attention as the rest of the family to make sure they also have a good moving experience.
Learning how to ship dogs by ground safely ahead of time will help make it easier on everyone because you’ll know what to expect and the right steps to take.
Ground Shipping Companies
With a simple Google search of ground shipping companies, you will have nothing but options at your fingertips. Ground shipping companies offer door to door service which means exactly what the name implies. They pick up your dog at the address you give them and drop them off at the new address.
There are some companies that offer what’s called a group transport which is when your dog travels with other dogs each in their own kennel. With a ground shipping company that has been around for a while, you can have peace of mind that they have experience and your pet will be fine.
These companies want to make sure that your dog is safe and happy the entire ride and will customize a package to fit your dog’s walking, and feeding needs. There are some questions you will want to ask when choosing the company for your pet:
How Many Other Animals?
This is a big question because you want to make sure your pet still receives attention and some love during the move. Your pet will already be stressed and traveling with too many other animals can create more stress. This is a big deal if your dog isn’t too fond or friendly of other dogs or animals.
You might also want to ask if there will be any different type of animals in the vehicle.
How Many Stops?
You will want to make sure you’re aware of the stops that the company is planning on making. They might stop along the way to pick up more animals. Any stops made along the way will add to the travel time.
Adding travel time can make the trip more difficult for your fur baby if they’re already stressed out.
Is the Vehicle Climate Controlled?
Every shipping company has to provide a climate controlled shipping compartment by law. You want to get the specifics on how the temperature is maintained and the type of ventilation in the vehicle.
What’s the Feeding Schedule?
Since most companies have multiple animals they are delivering they usually feed all the animals at the same time. Ask for the specific details on what time your dog will be fed and where they are while they eat. If you have specific feeding times because of dietary reasons this is something you want to make sure the company is clear on.
What Type of Crate is Used?
If you won’t be providing the crate you want to look at the crate they will be using. Inspect it to make sure it’s large enough for your dog to fit in there comfortably. Also, make sure that the crate is well ventilated so that your dog can breathe fine.
The few weeks leading to the move you might want to get your dog used to a crate so that moving day it’s not a shock to your fur baby. This will ensure their own comfort and happiness.
What is the Walking Schedule?
You want to get specifics on how they stop for walk breaks and how often. Some companies offer more walks as add on packages to accommodate more frequent walkers. If your dog is used to walking every hour this is something you ‘ll have to make sure they are aware of.
Besides knowing how often breaks are, find out how long the walks are. This is a good time to clear up if they are only allowed to do what they have to do and head back into the vehicle or if they get a 30-minute block to play and get some exercise in.
To add to the walking schedule you also want to be clear if your dog will be let into a fenced area with other dogs, or if they will be walked by themselves on a leash or with a group of dogs on leashes. The point is to know and be clear with the company if your dog requires special walking instructions.
This question applies to longer trips that require the company to stop for the night because of the distance. You’ll want to know if your dog will be left in the vehicle overnight in the crate or if they will be staying in a dog-friendly hotel room. If they will be sleeping in the vehicle you want to make sure someone will also be in the vehicle in case there’s an emergency.
Safe Travels to Your Fur Baby
Everyone dog parent wants to make sure their best friend is taken care of during a move. A professional company that will ship dogs by ground is an easy and safe way to move your pet from state to state.
Are you looking for a reputable dog shipping company? Contact us today to see our packages available to make moving your dog stress-free.