Hansen's Bloodhounds

Shipping Information

Most people pick their puppies up from our home. Sometimes, however, a puppy may have to travel a long distance, and shipping arrangements must be made.  We prefer using Continental and will make those shipping arrangements for you.

If you ask us to travel to meet you, we will make every effort to accommodate you if our schedule allows it but generally will only travel within 150 miles of our home.  We must charge for this service to cover transportation costs incurred.  Travel to Kansas City, Des Moines or Omaha is an additional charge of $150.  In most cases, it is not feasible for us or cost effective for you to travel beyond these cities as an overnight stay would likely be required.  Keep in mind that we need to be available to tend to our bloodhounds and other animals on the homestead 24 /7.  That is one reason why travelling long distances is most often not an option for us.

How do I go about having my puppy flown to me?

  • First, we have to find your closest airport that a puppy can fly into (requires a certain size of plane with climate controlled hold).
    *Not all airports with Continental service can receive puppies. 
    Only those that receive the big planes can transport puppies.
    *We will make the reservations, but we can only reserve for the airports that accept the planes with climate-controlled holds.

    *Continental can ship despite temp extremes, as they have temperature controlled transport to and from the plane. But, Continental doesn't fly into some airports (like Boise or any airport in Tennessee), so we have to find that out for your location.

  • Then, wait until your puppy is at least 8 weeks old to ship him/her. Shipping requires that a puppy be by itself for several hours, and younger puppies can become overly stressed if this wait is very long. So, we'll look for a good flight for him or her.

  • We can make the arrangements if you pay for the associated costs at least 2 weeks in advance.

  • We charge $350 to fly a puppy 8 weeks old to any major city.

  • Shipping costs are not a profit to us, and just pays for:

  • the airline fee (w/tax around $250)
  • shipping insurance
  • the shipping container/crate
  • attachable food/water dishes
  • Absorbent bedding (puppy pads or shredded paper can work)
  • air-travel veterinary health certificate (a special health certificate required for flights)
  • some of our travel costs (gas, part of hotel bill if we have to stay overnight)
  • Your puppy will be flown to the nearest major airport to you that accepts puppies via Continental or United's PetSafe program.

  • Flight times will be determined by the airlines, though we reserve the right to refuse to ship puppies if their travel day is too long. So far we've never done this, but we will if we feel it would be a danger to the puppy.

  • Reservations will be made upon receiving payment for the shipping and associated costs, and full payment for the puppy. Please give us at least 2 full weeks prior to shipping your puppy to help ensure flight availability.

  • If paying with a money order or personal check, we will make arrangements after the check clears. See our Payment page for more information about paying for your puppy.

If you know you want to ship your puppy...

If you ship, please send an e-mail to us with the following information (or call us at 712-621-9771). E-mail is best, as then we have your information already written down and transferable to our record keeping program.

  • Make the subject line indicate that the e-mail contains your address for shipping. Click here to e-mail us.

  • Full name of person that will need clearance at the airport to pick the puppy up

  • Your address

  • Your phone number (and an alternate if possible)

  • The location and name of the airport you hope to use, and an alternate airport if that one is not available

  • Known days that will NOT work for you during the week following the 8-week old minimum age.

What should I take to the airport with me when I pick the puppy up?

  • Before you read this, please jot on your calendar to e-mail or call me 2 days before the flight day to confirm that you are still planning to pick the puppy up according to schedule. I will try to contact you, but in case I can't reach you, it helps if you are also contacting me.

  • Photo ID for the person listed to receive the puppy (which is the buyer, unless you told me otherwise).

  • Water to offer the puppy at the airport or at your vehicle.  There will be a food and water dish attached to the inside of the carrier, so you don't need a bowl.

  • A collar (10+" generally fits) and leash to allow the puppy to exercise a little before the drive home, and for potty stops.

  • Baby wipes or a couple wet wash cloths to wipe off the puppy's feet, as they might be soiled from the trip. Puppies don't normally potty in their "homes," but generally, the travel time is longer than they can hold it.

  • A plastic garbage bag or grocery bag to dump the soiled bedding from the travel carrier into for disposal.

  • A clean towel or something soft and cuddly to put into the carrier for your drive home from the airport.

  • A map to where you pick your puppy up. Do a search in Google for the airport if needed, as most have online maps that you can look at to help guide you to the terminal or Air Cargo (most puppies are  delivered to the Air Cargo counter).

  • It is helpful to have your confirmation number from my e-mail that included the flight itinerary.

  • Pepto Bismol, in case your puppy gets loose stools from the flight and leaving littermates. Puppies can have about 1 cc of Pepto Bismol (actually more, but this is all we've ever given at a time) if their tummies are upset.  It can be given using a children's medicine dropper from any pharmacy, or an empty syringe (with no needle).

Please be at the airport immediately upon your puppy's arrival! It is best for your puppy to be picked up immediately, and also the airline personnel get very nervous if you are not waiting there.

Example of a travel carrier for the flight.

Are there any options other than flying?

There are some over-land animal haulers, but we will not sell a puppy to someone planning to use a land transport service. This is due to several reasons:

  • The transport time is too long and stressful for a young puppy

  • The chances for contamination (viruses, bacteria) from previous dogs that have been in the compartment is too high.

  • Scheduling with land transporters is too difficult, and my work schedule makes it difficult to accommodate their last-minute changes.

Other Airlines

We fly with Continental or United PetSafe program because they have temperature controlled transport from start to finish. But we could explore other airlines if needed.


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