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Use uShip to Transport your Dog

If you're looking to ship your dog, you've come to the right place! We know dogs are a part of the family and when you need to transport your dog, you want the best service. We’ll help you figure out how to ship your dog, what you can do to prepare your dog for transport, and help you get rates from the best dog shipping companies. We’re here to help along the way from preparation to delivery and after. Contact us at any time and we’ll get you back on the way to your dog’s safe delivery.

Once you’ve created your listing with all of your dog’s name, breed, and needs, uShip’s marketplace makes it easy to find the best transporters for this special shipment. Pet carriers will send you quotes for your review as they compete for your business, ensuring you get the best rates. The transporters have profiles with their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback for your review, so you can rest assured your dog is in good hands.

How to Ship a Dog

Shipping a dog with uShip is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Listing on uShip

First, get your dog’s information (breed, name, special needs) into the shipment listing form. Consider your time frame and whether a kennel will be provided with the dog or if the transporter needs to be prepared with their own kennel. Most dog transporters are prepared either way. Be as detailed as possible with your listing so the transporters can provide the care your dog needs for safe transport.

Boxer puppy in the grass
Dog in travel crate in SUV

2 | Choose the Best Dog Transporter

After completing your listing, you will receive competitive quotes from uShip's extensive network of professional dog transporters. Before accepting a quote, you can review each transporter's profile, which provides transportation history and feedback from previous uShip customers. You can also directly ask questions of the carriers to get a feel for them. We strongly encourage reviewing the profiles and asking questions so you can feel confident in choosing you dog transport service. Questions to ask dog transporters:

  • How long have you been transporting pets?
  • What are your policies and procedures?
  • How often do you stay in contact with me during the trip?
  • How often do you let out the animals?
  • What do you do with animals that stay with you overnight?
  • What supplies should I pack with my pet?

3 | Dog Transport & Delivery

Once you’ve chosen your dog transportation service, we encourage contacting the carrier directly with any additional details, concerns or questions regarding your dog’s transport. Give them any third party contact information if necessary, and set up a good meeting place for pick up and delivery. If you run into any issues with your transporter, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Dog?

The cost to ship a dog depends on the distance and needs of the dog. The average cost to ship a dog within 300 miles is $120 to $250. For longer distance shipments, the average cost is $270 to $500.

Check out our cost-to-ship index, for more specific details on dog shipments completed through the uShip marketplace. There, you can see similar shipments to your own and get an idea of how we work. Keep in mind, the cost will vary greatly when shipping a dog internationally.

How to Prepare Your Dog for Transport

Whether shipping a dog to another state or across the country, you may need a good kennel, bedding, provisions for food and water, any medications, and it’s best to obtain a health certificate from a vet prior to travel via car or by air. Many dog shipping professionals have their own kennels, bedding and provisions for food and water, so be sure you check with your transporter to see what is needed. You may also want to include any emergency contact information directly to your carrier. You can prepare your pet for transport by crate training it or taking it on more rides in the car.

  • Dog Shipping Checklist:
  • Travel Kennel
  • Bedding
  • Food and Water
  • Medications (if any)
  • Records - Health, Shots, Breed Certs, etc.
  • Identification - on Collar and/or Microchip
  • Collar and Leash
  • Emergency Contact Info
Lab puppy in a crate

How to Ship a Puppy

Puppies need to be at least 10 weeks old and you’ll want to check with the person you’re getting the puppy from to see if you should provide a kennel and bedding, if they will or if you need to ask your puppy transporter to provide these things. Please keep in mind that uShip does not sell puppies and while we help you find safe transport for your pet, we do not transport the animals ourselves. We advise you review our list of common scams if you believe someone is misleading you.

How to Move with a Dog

As soon as you know you are moving, begin preparing your dog. First, take your dog to a vet for a full checkup and ask for copies of vaccination and other health records. Research the state and city pet regulations for your new home and fulfill those obligations. Verify that your pet has the appropriate identification tags and paperwork necessary to be transferred to a new city or state.

Once your dog is delivered to its new home, you will need to help your pet adjust to the change. Keep your dog confined to a small area of the house until they are ready to explore more. Make sure to surround your pet with familiar objects and people, if possible. It might sound weird, but throw some dirty clothes in their bed or the room they are in to remind a dog they’re home, or get a puppy used to your scent.

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