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Old 05-15-2018, 08:30 AM
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Default Importing a puppy from the USA

I bought a puppy and she will be 8 weeks old on June 8th. Has anyone dealt with flying in a puppy or have any recommendations on how to do so? Which airline, items i need in place, permits, etc?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-15-2018, 08:45 AM
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I brought a pup in from Europe and it needed a pet passport with the initial vaccinations. Here is a link to get some inform.

http://inspection.gc.ca/animals/terr.../1331876307796

There are regulations on crate size for shipping (find this on line as well for each air line it is different). Check the airlines for pet shipping as there is differences in fees as well as history on incidents with pets (United and Delta come to mind immediately).

Dog comes in as cargo - you go to the cargo shipment pick up, sign forms, pay a fee, then go to customs with the paperwork, CBSA reviews the paperwork, pay another fee, paper work is stamped, back to cargo - show paper work, get pup and crate -- outside to the parking lot and a new bundle of fur is all over you as no one has paid any attention to it for hours. Remember treats, a little food and water. Time on the tarmac and flying ours was in the crate for 12+ hours.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:56 AM
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Allot of good dog breeders in US have ship dogs to Canada and know the ins and outs . REgardless use the link provided above, all the info is there. have shipped lots of dogs up north, pretty seamless and some carriers are way better then others. the biggie is the veterinary health certificate stating pup is in good health must be completed seventy-two hours or less before the dog is imported into Canada.
have breeder freeze water in a bowl so it thaws slowly. On the Canada side all they care about is collecting the GST on the sale of the dog in all honesty, so a bill of sale as well has to be attached to crate with the other paper work. Key is trying ot get a direct flight. a few times it was easier for me to pick up just south of the border to Great Falls and drive back due to connecting flight times. 6 more months and I will be going thru this again, happy times ahead
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6 more months and I will be going thru this again, happy times ahead
And I am so looking forward to seeing that little black bundle when she comes. That is going to be a looong six months
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The easiest way to do this although not perhaps the cheapest is to take Westjet and go pick up your pup.
It'll cost you $75 extra flying back and the puppy can fly in the cabin with you - no chance of an f'up. Puppy is with you from breeder to home. No drama, no trauma.
That's how I did the last one and how I will do the next whether from Canada or the US
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I have had nothing but problems flying my dog. Being stuck over night, being bumped, no water or food, heat, etc etc. I don’t recommend it. Also, United was the only US carrier able to do it that flew to AB. I “think” the rules have changed now and no US companies are doing it. Might want to check.
Last time I had a dog come up I use a carrier and met just across the border
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:22 PM
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I brought a pup in from Europe and it needed a pet passport with the initial vaccinations. Here is a link to get some inform.

http://inspection.gc.ca/animals/terr.../1331876307796

There are regulations on crate size for shipping (find this on line as well for each air line it is different). Check the airlines for pet shipping as there is differences in fees as well as history on incidents with pets (United and Delta come to mind immediately).

Dog comes in as cargo - you go to the cargo shipment pick up, sign forms, pay a fee, then go to customs with the paperwork, CBSA reviews the paperwork, pay another fee, paper work is stamped, back to cargo - show paper work, get pup and crate -- outside to the parking lot and a new bundle of fur is all over you as no one has paid any attention to it for hours. Remember treats, a little food and water. Time on the tarmac and flying ours was in the crate for 12+ hours.
This^^^

It’s a pretty simple process, but the biggest thing I can suggest is communication!! Talk with the breeder, double check flight times, try to arrange convenient flight times, have your paperwork in order etc. Talk with the CBSA folks to clear up any questions you may have, etc. talk with the airline if necessary.
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Shipped my dog out of Minnesota. Breeder supplied a small puppy kennel. Only hiccup was with the wording on his health vaccinations. Canadian agents at Edmonton airport wanted to see Hepatitus on his vaccine sheet. The vaccine sheet showed a different wording, something like Adenovirus, IIRC. So had about an half hour delay at the airport here. Let the Canadian agent call my breeders veterinarian and he faxed more info and all good.

All the info was online. I believe there was temperature restrictions, and possibly minimum age of puppy, etc. Was pretty simple but had to follow the online guidelines.
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I bought Odin from a breeder in the states. They said what flight he was arriving on and I went and picked him up. That was that.

I'm kind of confused by the question in all honesty. Doesn't really matter if you know the rules or not, the shipper needs to know them.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:39 AM
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Thank you all for the answers. Seems like everyone found the same information that i am, and that is every situation is different and there's no fixed rule.

Puppy is supposed to be coming sometime around June 8-12. I'll post pictures and a story when she arrives!

Cheers
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The easiest way to do this although not perhaps the cheapest is to take Westjet and go pick up your pup.
It'll cost you $75 extra flying back and the puppy can fly in the cabin with you - no chance of an f'up. Puppy is with you from breeder to home. No drama, no trauma.
That's how I did the last one and how I will do the next whether from Canada or the US
One thing missing here, on that little form you have to fill out that states what you are bringing back, there is no spot for a purchase of a dog and it does need to be claimed. You will check off you have a pet and they almost always catch you bought it in the states because of the vaccination location and the dogs age, you need to claim the value of the dog or risk it being seized.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:19 AM
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One thing missing here, on that little form you have to fill out that states what you are bringing back, there is no spot for a purchase of a dog and it does need to be claimed. You will check off you have a pet and they almost always catch you bought it in the states because of the vaccination location and the dogs age, you need to claim the value of the dog or risk it being seized.
You put it in with the total value of goods purchased or acquired outside of Canada including any purchases from a duty free store. And yes, make sure to check off the "yes" box on the third question.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:27 AM
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The correct place to get your information would be CBSA or the CFIA.

Use this link:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/i...1300127627409#

Dogs for personal use (not commercial dogs or rescue groups) require a rabies vaccination if they are over 3 months of age. Those younger than 3 months and service dogs accompanying their owner are exempt. If the dog is coming from a rabies free country, then a general health certificate from a vet may suffice.

I've heard rumblings that CFIA may start requiring import permits for ALL dogs because the rescue groups have been trying to circumvent the requirements by sending random people to pick the dogs up and claiming that they are personal when they are really commercial, so you may want to double check that depending on when you're going.

As far as claiming the animal on your declaration card, always make sure that you check the Food, Plant or Animal question to indicate that you have an animal, and declare the proper value of the animal in the box on the bottom of the card. Be honest and have receipts. Nobody wants a dog to get seized.
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Thanks again. Those are very good points, especially claiming the full value of the dog if i go get her.
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