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    Default Puppy pickup ?

    I'm picking up my new yellow male this weekend and I'm looking for opinions on flying a 7 week old puppy in a loud single engine plane just an hour or two after I pick him up. It's a 10 hour drive or a few hour flight. Is this a good or bad idea? Thanks for any suggestions.

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    I did the same thing years ago. The pup eventually washed out. I don't know if the loud plane ride was a factor or not but I don't plan to do it again. BTW the plane we flew was a VERY loud homebuilt that you need ear protection to fly in.

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    Thanks Bill! This plane is a little Cessna and without noise canceling headphones it's fairly loud. However, it doesn't seem to bother my kids. Looks like it's going to be a long drive.

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    I would drive. Good call on your part. Take the wife and make her drive on the return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Farrar View Post
    I would drive. Good call on your part. Take the wife and make her drive on the return.
    I like your thinking, but I'd reverse the order.

    You'll get a lot more sleep while she drives there, then she'll get while you drive back.
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    I like long excursions knowing that there is a pot of gold so to speak at the end.
    Then taking my time going back and stopping at various rest areas to get to know the pup on the way….
    I did this with my present pup and stop many times going back home. Very enjoyable experiences and I forgot about time at times.
    Wouldn’t trade that for anything.

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    FLY!!!!! Did this several years back in a 150 from Kentucky to DYA (For you pilots) and had no issues whatsoever. I had a rider who held the pup and they may have helped. The pup will only stress if the engine backfires. This could cause it to be gunshy

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    Parvo can be deadly so be mindful of that when stopping for potty breaks. I would avoid any areas used frequently by other dogs (rest areas, parks etc). The drive, however is a perfect bonding opportunity for you and the new pup. Just be diligent.

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    I'll be making a long drive to Double T to pick up my Kiffin X Tara female.... Can't wait!

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    Who is piloting, if it is you then drive. You sure can get a lot of love in the passenger seat.

    I have 1600 hours plus in "small airplanes" with puppies and dogs and babies in attendance sometimes. They all slept most of the way I think because of the vibrations. Careful on altitude changes to avoid rapid pressure differences and ear pains.
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