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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 Shetland Sheepdog shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Shetland Sheepdog.

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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 Shetland Sheepdog, 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 Shetland Sheepdog 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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Shetland Sheepdog: The Intelligent and Affectionate Companions

Origins and Temperament

Originally bred in the harsh climates of the Shetland Islands, Shetland Sheepdogs, or "Shelties," were valued for their herding prowess and compact size. These beautiful, intelligent pups are known for their obedience and eagerness to please, making them loyal family members. When it comes to travel, their sensitivity and alertness require a calm environment to ensure they stay comfortable and secure during their journey.

Size and Physical Needs

A typical Sheltie ranges from 13 to 16 inches in height and weighs between 15 and 25 pounds. Despite their small stature, they are an active breed that thrives with regular exercise. During transport, it's essential to provide ample space for relaxation and regular stops to meet their physical needs and prevent restlessness.

Common Health Considerations

While Shetland Sheepdogs are generally healthy, they are prone to certain genetic conditions like hip dysplasia and eye diseases. Ensuring that your Sheltie has up-to-date health documentation, including records of any medical conditions, is crucial. Properly preparing for travel helps in preventing exacerbated stress that can influence existing health issues.

How to prepare your Shetland Sheepdog 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

Vital for ensuring your Sheltie's smooth trip, ensure you have a copy of your pet's vaccination, vet health certificate, and any other health records ready. Keeping these documents accessible during travel is essential for addressing any emergencies or regulatory requirements.

Identification and Tracking

A microchip, updated tags, and a tracking device are recommended for your Shetland Sheepdog's security. These identification methods provide peace of mind and a higher recovery chance should your pet become separated during transport.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Bringing your pet's favorite blanket or toy can significantly reduce stress, providing a sense of familiarity and security. Items carrying home scents offer comfort to your Shetland Sheepdog and can help in creating a serene travel environment.

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 Shetland Sheepdog

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Techniques like wrapping your Sheltie in an anxiety vest, utilizing calming treats, or engaging with a favored chew toy can alleviate travel-induced stress. Establishing a quiet space where your Sheltie feels safe is also a key factor in ensuring a stress-free journey.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Regularly schedule breaks to allow your Sheltie to stretch, play, and relieve itself. Being an agile breed, they benefit from having an opportunity to expel energy, making the travel experience less anxious for them.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Ensure your Shetland Sheepdog remains comfortable by controlling the vehicle's temperature and avoiding extreme weather conditions. Keep fresh water readily available to maintain hydration levels and prevent heatstroke, especially in warmer climates.

Post Transportation Care for your Shetland Sheepdog

Adjustment to New Surroundings

After arrival, help your Sheltie adapt to new surroundings by slowly introducing them to their new environment and maintaining their typical diet and routines as much as possible. A secure, quiet space for them to retreat to will also aid in their adjustment.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

Keep an eye on your pet's behavior and health after travel. Any signs of discomfort or illness should prompt a visit to the vet to ensure your Sheltie's sustained well-being, particularly after a significant transition.

Continuing Care and Routine

Establishing a regular routine with consistent feeding times, exercise, and affection will help your Shetland Sheepdog feel at home in their new environment. Recognize the value of continued care to maintain your Sheltie's healthy, happy life after moving.

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