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Your dog is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for dog transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting dogs, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of German Shepherd shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your German Shepherd.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your German Shepherd, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your German Shepherd is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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German Shepherd Dog: The Intelligent and Loyal Companions

Origins and Temperament

German Shepherds originate from Germany and were initially bred for their intelligence and work ethic, making them ideal herding and guard dogs. Their acute senses, courage, and learning ability translate into a temperament that is both protective and loyal, making them excellent family pets and service dogs. These inherent traits may influence their travel needs, as German Shepherds will benefit from transport that respects their alert nature and provides them with reassurance and security.

Size and Physical Needs

Typically, German Shepherds weigh between 50-90 pounds, with a robust build that requires ample space for comfort during transit. Their high energy levels and need for regular exercise must be considered, requiring sufficient rest stops on longer trips. Given their size and active disposition, accommodations during transport should include space for mobility and stretch breaks to prevent stiffness and maintain comfort.

Common Health Considerations

Common issues in German Shepherds include hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as digestive sensitivities. Responsible transport includes ensuring that all health documentation, including vaccination records and a recent vet check, are complete and on hand for the journey. Precautions such as carrying medications and understanding the symptoms of common health concerns are essential for a safe trip.

How to prepare your German Shepherd for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Health and Vaccination Records

Keep a copy of your German Shepherd's health and vaccination records readily available. Updated records are crucial for transport and may be required by state regulations when crossing state lines.

Identification and Tracking

Ensure your German Shepherd is fitted with a collar and ID tag including your contact information. The use of microchipping and GPS tracking devices provides additional security and peace of mind should your pet unexpectedly become separated from the transport team.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

To soothe your German Shepherd's nerves, include items that carry the scent of home, such as a favored blanket or toy. These familiar scents can significantly calm your pet amid the uncertainty of transit.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

Tailored Travel Tips for German Shepherd Dog

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Travel can be distressing for German Shepherds. Keep anxiety at bay by bringing along favorite toys, utilizing anxiety vests, or practicing calming techniques. The familiar voices and gentle reassurance from the transport team can also be soothing.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Schedule regular exercise and bathroom breaks, taking into account the German Shepherd's high activity level. These breaks are not only crucial for your dog's physical health but also for their emotional well-being during transport.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Maintain a stable and comfortable temperature in the vehicle, as German Shepherds do not tolerate extreme heat well. Additionally, ensure your dog has access to fresh water at all times to stay properly hydrated during the journey.

Post Transportation Care for your German Shepherd

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Provide a consistent and calm environment to help your German Shepherd adjust to new surroundings. Familiar routines and gradual introduction to new spaces allow them to become comfortable and secure in their new home.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

After transportation, monitor your German Shepherd for any signs of stress or health issues and consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns. It's better to be proactive about your pet's health following a significant change.

Continuing Care and Routine

Re-establishing a regular routine of exercise, feeding, and care is essential for your German Shepherd. Consistency in their daily routine provides a sense of security and helps them settle into their new environment.

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