Picking Up Your Puppy

We do not ship. Our clients have to fly in or drive to get their pup. Most people find they actually SAVE money flying up here themselves, anyway. If you reserve 14-21 days in advance you can save greatly… AND it’s less stressful on the pup and you (and us!).  You can fly with the pup right under your seat in the cabin in one of those mesh dog carriers. But most of all, we feel it’s important (when making a 12-15 year commitment like this) that you meet your pup’s breeder and parents, and we want to meet our puppies’ new parents!

We often have one or two people fly in for each litter. It’s been this way for many years now and always goes smoothly! Plus then you know someone you trust will be with your puppy the whole time… you!

Most of our clients typically fly into the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport.  There is a shuttle available (contact Bill’s Taxi 607-731-8801) that will bring you down, and wait for you while you pick your pup and do paperwork, then take you right back.  Some people fly out the same day because it is so convenient!

When making your reservation, tell the airline you will be flying with your pet, which will be under 20 lbs, and you can use the mesh carriers and put the pup right under your seat in the cabin.  We will be sure you have all health information for your pup to fly on the plane.

Airport Options:

• Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (ELM)- 45 minutes away
• Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT)- 1 hour 10 minutes away
• Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport (ITH)- 1 hour 20 minutes away
• Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM)- 1 hour 20 minutes away
• Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport (AVP)- 2 hours 15 minutes away
• Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)- 2 hours 15 minutes away
• Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)- 2 hours 30 minutes away
• Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)- 2 hours 45 minutes away

If you are flying into Elmira or Ithaca and would prefer a shuttle service, we recommend Bill’s Taxi!

***Be sure to check with your airline as to their guidelines for flying with your pet.  Tell them you will be traveling with your pet when you place your reservation, and that it will be under 20 lbs and will fit under your seat as a carry-on. Some charge extra for this, some don’t.

Checklist for flying with puppy: When making reservation, mention you are flying with your 8 week old pup, will have health certificate, and the weight is under 20 lbs. Order the airline approved mesh carrier for pets that fits under the airline seat. Any Petco or Petsmart should carry this type of bag. Get one large enough to fit a 15-20 lb puppy, to be safe. They can assist you in choosing the correct bag!

Carry with you:  baby wipes, a few towels, pet toys, bottled spring water.


  1. Bring some paper towels (it’s safer to let them potty in the restroom than the designated outdoor areas- you don’t know what dogs have been there!) So let them go on the tile and just clean it up!  Have some baby wipes on hand too. They are handy for cleaning any spill, accident or anything else while traveling.
  2. Puppy must be in carrier during boarding and de-planing. Otherwise, if you have a nice flight attendant, they may let you have the pup out during the flight. At least, if you have them at your feet (which you will) you can reach down and unzip the carrier and pet them, talk to them, and play with them.
  3. Have a variety of toys to play with, preferably silent ones… Nylabone has packs with several different flavored chews. Kongs and toys with different textures are good for variety. Having a couple towels to line the carrier is good, too. (one extra in case the first one gets soiled)
  4. Be sure to have a small bottle of our “Calm Puppy” blend (spray). We’ll also give you some herbal calming tablets, as well, that you can use for the flight. They are not pharmaceutical, so they will not make your puppy “drugged.”
  5. Have bottled water on hand to offer puppy along the way. Do not give large amounts.
  6. Although it is rare, pups sometimes get travel sickness. Have some Pepcid handy, just in case. Giving a few encapsulated ginger tablets can be helpful to prevent travel sickness. (your local health food store should have some available)
  7. Traveling can sometimes be stressful on puppy, so having the Imodium on hand will help if you get some “stress poops” on the journey.