Going Home With Your Airedale

How do I coordinate pick up of my new puppy?

It is crucial that your puppy be picked up during the designated time period which is the weekend following the date the puppy is 8 weeks old.  So if your puppy reaches 8 weeks old on a Wednesday, pick up is the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If you are unable to commit to the time stated with an 8 week advance notice, please wait for a later litter.  The 8-9 week period is very important for the puppy to be socialized and to bond with your family.  We also plan work and vacation times around the dates; keeping the schedule helps us to continue to make Pilot's Acres better and better!  Please contact me to schedule your time – we can make about any time work for you.  I like to have about 30 minutes to review all of your information and documents and scheduled appointments are best, so we can have everything ready and your pup freshly bathed and ready to go home.


How is travel arranged for my new puppy if I am outside of driving distance from Pilot's Acres? 

Option 1 - We can flight nanny the puppy using airline employees (in-cabin).  The downside to this is that they fly standby and we can't guarantee a date and time of arrival as they may experience delays.  Recently we had a delay of 2 days and several trips to the airport to make sure the puppy was safely brought back home until we knew the flight would be leaving.  Delays have been caused by Covid scheduling and many times standby seats are not available.  This option is typically around $500 and while typically OK, it does come with risks as stated above.  We won't know the time or flight details until the day before and potentially changing and many times ends up being a 1 or 2 stop itinerary which can be a very long travel day for both the nanny and the puppy.

Option 2 - Either myself or my daughter will fly the puppy in-cabin, meet you at your major airport (we do only direct, non-stop flights) baggage claim, turn around and fly back to DFW.  This option is a bit more expensive but much less risk of cancelled flight and numerous scheduling changes.  This option is about $850 +/-, depending on ticket price at time of travel; we do all possible to get best prices while staying with airlines we know best and trust and includes all airfare (nanny and puppy have fees), and nanny pay for a day of travel, airport parking, carrier (you keep the carrier for your ride home) and travel.  I have found the best rate available is on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  Another plus is that the puppy would be with someone she already knows and is comfortable with.  These are Non-Stop flights so much easier on the puppy (she would be held and cuddled if necessary during flight but typically they sleep all the way).

Option 3- You can fly to Dallas (either Love Field or DFW) and we would meet you at baggage claim (you would need to bring a travel puppy carrier for return flight and pay the puppy fare to the airline) while this works and I have done it several times, you would need to reserve with the airline in advance to be sure they will have room for a puppy (this has never been an issue but they state they only allow so many pets to board so need advance notice).

I will make all of the arrangements for option 1 or 2 and for 3 you just let us know your flight number and arrival time and we will be there waiting. Which ever way you choose,  the puppy will arrive safe and sound with all of her paperwork and goodie bag.  Also, be sure to give us your tee shirt size so we can add a Pilot's Acres tee shirt (we give these to buyers who are having an added travel cost).


What is my puppy's vaccine schedule? Or what will she have when she arrives?

She will have her first set of shots a few days before going home and about 3 weeks later she should get a booster.  We do the shots here at my home, due to Covid we can't go into the vet with the puppies and it is too risky for me to trust a litter of pups to be handled safely without my supervision.  My dog handler (the same one who does tails and dewclaws) comes here to assist with vaccines, deworming and microchips.  This reduces the risk of sick puppies greatly and ensures you get a happy and healthy puppy delivered.  You will get the vaccine record which includes stickers from the vials; the supplies are purchased through an animal medical supply company and shipped cold to ensure safety and integrity. 

What types of foods should I keep away from my puppy?

The following foods may be dangerous to your pet:

    • Alcoholic beverages 
    • Apple seeds 
    • Apricot pits 
    • Avocados
    • Cherry pits
    • Candy (particularly chocolate - which is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets - and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
    • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) 
    • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
    • Garlic
    • Grapes 
    • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
    • Gummy candy can cause blockage as well!
    • Hops (used in home beer brewing) 
    • Macadamia nuts 
    • Moldy foods 
    • Mushroom plants 
    • Mustard seeds 
    • Onions and onion powder 
    • Peach pits 
    • Potato leaves and stems (green parts) 
    • Raisins 
    • Rhubarb leaves 
    • Salt 
    • Tea (because it contains caffeine) 
    • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) 
    • Walnuts 
    • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
    • Yeast Dough


What type of food do you use so I can have some ready for her?

We feed Purina Large Breed Puppy and Bil-Jac Frozen, dry and treats.

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