Giving your puppy the best start in life begins with the journey home.

Getting a puppy has to be one of the most exciting times for a family and understandably so, that cute bundle of energy certainly makes you smile.

Since the Covid pandemic it is widely reported that the sales of puppies have increased dramatically. For the lucky ones who managed to secure their new furry family member, the lockdown presented another challenge – how do they bring the puppy home?

As you consider what is safe, what is legal and what sort of cost you can expect to pay to get your new family member home it is easy to get confused – especially with so many “expert opinions”. In this blog I wanted to give you the key things you need to consider so you can select the right puppy transport service and give your puppy the best start possible.

The law itself states that a dog must be restrained in a vehicle, but this is open to interpretation as it doesn’t state how or with what, it just simply says “restrained.”

This is an area where I feel there needs to be a lot more education as to what “restrained” looks like and how this will vary to ensure safety and welfare are paramount.

Weighing up the cost

The likelihood is that you have already invested hours of research into finding the correct breeder that has bred a well-balanced, healthy puppy and you have parted with somewhere in the region of

£800-£3000 depending on the breed of the dog and the breeder. This is already a significant investment, add to this the cost of leads, collar, food, vets bills etc and now pet transport – this little puppy is certainly tugging at the purse strings.

If you take to Google to list a number of different pet transportation options you will find there is quite a choice, and the difference in price is likely to astound you.

Let’s look at a scenario.

Your new puppy is 100 miles away. For the200 mile round trip you could end up with quotes ranging from £100 – £300. Well £100 definitely sounds better.

But is it?

Remember that pet transportation is a service! When you look at the cost, take some time to look at exactly what is covered as the chances are that to reduce the costs, there is a compromise in service.

In likelihood, your puppy has only travelled to and from the vets, and they would have been with their siblings and the breeder that are familiar with. This journey is longer, with strange new smells and humans they have never met before. There is a chance they could be put into a crate that they are not used to and transported alongside other animals. This can be traumatic to even the most laid-back puppies. This level of distress in their formative months can have lasting repercussions and your beautiful new family member may not settle.

A lot of this can be remedied, and give you peace of mind, by asking a few simple questions as you seek your pet transport provider.

                * What does the cost cover?

                * How will they be transporting the puppy?

                * Who will be supervising the puppy?

                * Where will the puppy be sat throughout the journey?

                * Are they insured? Ask for confirmation.

                * How experienced are they? Ask for references.

                * What will the transport provider do if they have any concerns?

                * Do they have a transport license?

                * How many other animals will be travelling with my puppy?

These are questions you need to ask, and the answers you are looking for will be in line with those outlined below…

The puppy will be transported with an animal welfare assistant, right next to them.

Yes they are insured, experienced, and they hold a license to transport animals.

Lastly, your puppy will be the only animal on board and they will call you directly with any concerns.

A puppy will be sick several times, and need cleaning up several times and need monitoring and comforting throughout the journey. In the back of a van, in a crate with many other dogs, who you have no knowledge or assessment of, is not a safe or healthy way to bring your family member home. At best the puppy is traumatized for life, a worst it could die from choking on its own vomit.

If these reassurances are not in place, you would be best to avoid them. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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