Our preferred method for you to bring your newest family member home is for you to come to our place and pick him or her up. This not only allows for an immediate bonding experience with your pup but you get the benefit of us sharing some of our experience in raising Bernedoodles and any fun tidbits about your particular pup. Some of what we often discuss includes thoughts on eating, chew toys, training, etc. We do have to charge a Texas state sales tax (6.75%) to those who pick up from us but that is true if we transport to anywhere in Texas also. It can become quite an exciting time for a family to plan for this event.
Airlines are a safe and simple way to transport a puppy. There are weather restrictions that come into play with this option that basically boil down to minimizing transport to northern states in the winter and from Texas in the summer. If you have any questions on the potential for us to fly your puppy home, feel free to reach out to us.
Though you do save the Texas state sales tax (6.75%) when you fly a puppy out of state, there are other costs involved. When you decide to fly your puppy, we'll request $600 additional to pay for the logistics. This includes the flight, pre-flight Veterinarian check from an airline certified Veterinarian, travel crate and mailing the appropriate items, paperwork and accessories.
There are some details that can cause this cost to go up:
-Somewhere around 10 - 12 weeks old, Standard Bernedoodles can get big enough that a larger size crate is needed for the transport (which costs a little more) but the airlines also charge more for the additional space. This can add between $100 and $150 total.
-For multiple reasons, we always fly our puppies via American Airlines. If you are in a location that is far from an airport that American flies into or are unable to use their services for other reasons, in rare cases we can ship via another airline but the cost associated with it will likely increase. If you feel like you would need another airline, contact us directly and we can look into what the cost increase will be.
-There is an additional option, helpful for weather or COVID-19 limitations, of having our puppy "Nanny" transport your pup on an Airline. This allows for our "Nanny" to bring the puppy in the cabin of the aircraft where the weather limitations are not pertinent. The additional cost for this is $150. There may be additional costs for regional airports (we'll have to take that on a case by case basis but you can expect at least $150 more). There are puppy size limitations for this so if you would like to use this option, contact us right away so we can work through them.
Though this is another safe and simple method for transporting your puppy home, it is often the least desirable option due to the following two issues: The first is that it is usually the most expensive option. I'm always surprised to see that to ship a puppy a mere 250 miles will run a minimum of $800 and sometimes more. The price only goes up the further away you are from us and the older your puppy gets (due to size). The second reason is that to find a spot on a vehicle from our place to yours the week your puppy is old enough to travel is hard to come by. The shortest wait time we've seen is two weeks but it is often longer. If you decide to use this option, it behooves us to be coordinating with a transporter at least four weeks before your puppy is ready to go home. Remember, we charge $50 per week to hold a puppy after it is nine weeks old but we don't recommend that (you can learn more here: Choosing a Puppy).