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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.

Successful Golden Retriever transports from our marketplace

Daniel shipped CrewLos Angeles, CA Atlanta, GArating2,208 mi$600.00
Melisa H. shipped SimbaRichmond, TX Queens, NYrating1,673 mi$500.00
Yiwen shipped BaboDecatur, GA New Brunswick, NJrating833 mi$500.00
Lisa shipped CallieDenver, CO Chevy Chase, MDrating1,652 mi$1,700.00
Heather C. shipped RandySan Francisco, CA New York, NYrating2,925 mi$1,894.75
Samantha shipped SundayLiberty Lake, WA Georgetown, TXrating1,982 mi$1,200.00
Huck shipped DeltaBeaverton, OR Santa Rosa Beach, FLrating2,741 mi$1,600.00
Perain shipped Oso PerezOceanside, CA Dixmoor, ILrating2,043 mi$750.00
Eric W. shipped TommyLos Angeles, CA Raleigh, NCrating2,563 mi$850.00

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What determines the cost of Golden Retriever shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Golden Retriever.

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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 Golden Retriever, 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 Golden Retriever 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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Golden Retriever: The Heartwarming Companions

Origins and Temperament

Golden Retrievers trace their origins to the Scottish Highlands, where they were bred as hunting dogs suited for retrieving waterfowl and game. Today, they are hailed as one of the most beloved family pets due to their friendly and tolerant attitude. These sociable dogs are well-known for their intelligence, loyalty, and an eagerness to please. Their temperament, deeply rooted in companionship, often makes them sensitive to the emotions of their human friends, which can influence their travel needs. When transported, they require assurance and care to mitigate stress associated with separation and environmental changes.

Size and Physical Needs

Typically, an adult Golden Retriever stands at 21 to 24 inches tall and weighs between 55 to 75 pounds. This breed thrives on physical activity and regular exercise to maintain their health and joyful spirit. When it comes to transport, they require ample space to stretch out, and accommodations that account for their active nature. Special considerations during transport include secure yet roomy crates, and an environment that allows for movement and comfort.

Common Health Considerations

Golden Retrievers are generally healthy, but they are prone to certain health conditions such as hip dysplasia, heart issues, and certain cancers. It is pivotal for transport services to be aware of these potential challenges and have a plan for any necessary assistance. Health documentation, including vaccination records and a recent health certificate, is a must for travel to ensure the safety and well-being of the Golden Retriever on the move.

How to prepare your Golden Retriever 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

Before transporting your Golden Retriever, make sure all health and vaccination records are up to date. Compile these documents in an accessible folder since many transportation services require proof of vaccinations like rabies, distemper, kennel cough, etc. Also, a health certificate from a veterinarian dated within a specific time frame may be required, especially for interstate travel.

Identification and Tracking

Safety during travel is paramount—ensure your Golden Retriever has proper identification, such as a securely fitted collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information. Additionally, consider a microchip for permanent identification and GPS-enabled devices or apps as modern solutions to keep track of your pet throughout their journey.
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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Travel can be distressing for pets. To help ease this stress for a Golden Retriever, pack comfort items such as a favorite blanket, toy, or even a piece of your clothing. The scent of these familiar items can be a calming presence for your dog during 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 Golden Retriever

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Golden Retrievers may experience anxiety during travel. Reduce their stress by acclimating them to their travel crate well in advance. Include comfort items and consider calming techniques such as playing soft music, using anxiety vests, or consult a vet for anxiety medication if necessary.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

As active dogs, Golden Retrievers require regular physical activity. During transport, plan for frequent exercise and bathroom breaks—roughly every 2-3 hours—to help them stretch their legs and relieve themselves, which in turn aids in reducing stress.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Golden Retrievers have a thick double coat that can make them susceptible to overheating. Ensure the vehicle's temperature is controlled and provide an environment that's cool and well-ventilated. Adequate water supply for hydration is equally important; prepare to offer water at every rest stop.

Post Transportation Care for your Golden Retriever

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Golden Retrievers are known for their adaptive nature. Post-transportation, introduce them to their new surroundings gradually. Allow them to explore and become familiar with their new environment at their own pace, offering plenty of affection and positive reinforcement.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Observing your Golden Retriever's behavior and physical health after the trip is essential. Be alert for signs of illness or distress, such as lethargy or lack of appetite, and consult with a veterinarian if any concerns arise.

Continuing Care and Routine

Returning to a regular routine is critical for the well-being of your Golden Retriever. Consistent feeding times, walking schedules, and play sessions will re-establish stability, providing comfort and security in their brand-new setting. Regular care, including grooming, exercise, and follow-up vet visits, will ensure your Golden Retriever remains a happy and healthy companion.
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