On this page you will find additional Alakkawa Kennels and Alaskan Klee Kai Facts to include the following:
AKK Welcome Packet
AKK Stages of Development
Please read the "READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!" page before sending the breeders a request for a questionnaire.
The breeders get numerous emails requesting questionnaire's before a person does their research on their adoption fee, process, etc. By you reading the pages contained within this website, it will truly save both you and the breeders a great deal of time. After all – all dogs are not right for everyone and you need to educate yourself on this breed of dog – the precious Alaskan Klee Kai.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE SENDING THE BREEDERS A REQUEST FOR A QUESTIONNAIRE.
Please visit the AKK Breeder Questions page for further information on interviewing a breeder. There you will find many questions that have been answered for you before making a decision if the AKK is the right breed for you and your family.
The following information was gathered from various sources throughout the breeder’s research to help you make sound decisions on owning a pet. The information below is a matter of opinion (others may have a different opinion from the writers of this context).
AKK are curious, mischievous, tenacious, and extremely strong for their size. AKK are crafty hunters, escape artists and very energetic AKK; however, they are not the typically "hyper" little AKK. AKK shed a lot and blow their coats twice a year. If you do not like AKK hair or are allergic to AKK hair, then the AKK is NOT for you.
AKK require and adore a great deal of attention, and mostly only bark when they speak to you.
An AKK has a mind of his/her own and is sometimes afraid of strangers. There are basically two personality types with this breed; they are either very sociable or very shy and standoffish. It is truly wise to “socialize, socialize and socialize,” as soon as you get your AKK. The breeders highly recommend that you introduce your AKK to at least 100 people by the time the AKK is 4-months-old.
Unlike the Siberian Husky, the AKK can be standoffish and suspicious of strangers. They will let you know when someone is around and rarely bark at nothing. AKK want to be treated with respect.
The AKK must be in a crate or kennel when living in the home and when nobody is around as they can get mischievous at times and will get into trouble. If you prefer not to crate your AKK or any dog for that matter, then you may be setting yourself up for disappoint. Crate training teaches your AKK that play time is over and it's time for them to rest. Their crate (or kennel) is their den.
The breeders highly recommend crate training your AKK. All puppies at Alakkawa Kennels are birthed in a crate, raised in a crate, ate and slept with each other in a crate and are use to a crate. Therefore, it is a wise choice on your part that you should continue to have your AKK in a crate. Never scold your AKK, then place your AKK in his/her crate. This will make your AKK fearful of going into his/her crate should you do this!
The AKK activity level is very high. The AKK LOVE to run, sprint, chase and will do so when a burst of energy hits them. The breeders highly recommend you exercise your AKK on a continual basis so your AKK does not get bored. Again, the AKK love to run and should NEVER be trusted off a leash.
The AKK living environment should be a fenced yard, but the AKK can adapt to apartment/condo life if they are provided enough exercise.
AKK are hunters, and if raised or introduced correctly, an AKK can live with cats and in a household with birds. However, you should never leave an AKK in a room alone, running loose around the house, or leave one unattended with gerbils, hamsters, etc. AKK hunting instincts are very keen and they have been known to make a meal of these and other critters. Nevertheless, there are some AKK that simply cannot be trusted.
Test your AKK by only leaving the house in 10 minute increments. If you come back inside, and there are no wires bitten through, or plants torn apart, then increase the time and take it from there. However, again the breeders highly recommend to NEVER leave your AKK alone in the house when you are gone unless running out to the mailbox for a short sprint. :-)
An AKK will also leave a home where they are kept in the yard without having visits to the house to be with their families. They are easily kennel/crate trained. However, again do not lock them in a room. They have been known to chew on doors trying to escape. Remember: AKK think walls and fences were made to go over, under or through. A fence will not hold an unhappy AKK. The AKK will find a way out if he/she is unhappy.
As with the Siberian Husky, a fenced yard is necessary for an outside AKK. The fence should be strong and 4-6 feet tall since some have reported that their AKK are climbers. There should be wire in the ground or the fence should be cemented in the ground to discourage digging out.
AKK like to dig dens; therefore, it would be a good idea to have an area that would allow this activity without destroying an entire yard. As with all AKK, a crate/kennel area is desirable for a AKK that has the habit of escaping. The crate/kennel area should be made of chain link, over a concrete pad. They will also need a AKK house to protect them from the weather, but will spend most of their time sunning themselves on the roof top. They like to be "King of the World," and therefore, always choose the highest point available to perch.
AKK are very much family AKK. They love the cold and will lie on air conditioning vents inside a home to get cool. Their typical housing (if kept outside), is a AKK house filled with straw. However, they are happiest with their people. Doggie doors are great for these AKK. They like to be able to come in to check on their masters from time-to-time.
The AKK life span is between 10-13 years, and their litter sizes are in the range of 1-4, but some have reported their AKK having up to 6 in one litter. WOW!!
The AKK is not a habitual barker. They are talkers and sometimes remind their owners of living with a teenager. The AKK loves to have the last word, even as they obey the command about which they are complaining.
If you live in an area where coyotes are apparent and have more than one AKK, then typically, you may find them singing together either early in the morning or at night when coyotes are too close. They start and stop howling as if on cue. They also tend to be rather psychic. They know when feeding time is, even if this is not a scheduled event. They can sense when something is wrong even when they are removed from the household as in the kennels. They are extremely sensitive to disharmony and do not like it. Most will run from it as if to say, "STOP THE DRAMA!"
The AKK has a thick dense coat and need to be brushed frequently. Bathing should be done only as needed; ideally about three - four times per year. If you bathe them more than 3-4 times per year, you are taking a chance of drying out their coat. The AKK, like the Siberian Husky, is relatively easy to care for. They are extremely clean. Most AKK do not like wet feet and will spend hours grooming themselves just like a cat. AKK do not have a “doggy odor,” but puppies do have puppy breath. Most AKK will seldom require a bath. It is a good idea to only bathe them when it is absolutely necessary, and then only use a good shampoo so as not to dry out their coats. They need natural oils for their skin. The breeders typically only bathe their AKK about 3-4 times per year.
As in the Alaskan Husky and the Siberians and unlike short haired AKK that shed all year long, the AKK will blow their coat twice a year. Of course, the size of the AKK limits the amount of fur blown; however, it is still formidable. It is best to groom the AKK on a regular basis during this time. Some of the longer haired AKK can become matted if not groomed on a regular basis. Most AKK will assist the loss of hair by rubbing against things such as fences.
Other than this period of blowing coat, the AKK is very self sufficient. The normal preventative measures should be taken, such as trimming of nails, and normal grooming in the form of brushing. These processes are especially important during the early bonding times.
The AKK learning rate is moderate to high. AKK are very intelligent AKK. They love to be with their owners and other AKK. If they are put in an unpleasant climate, they will find a way out.
Even though these AKK were bred down from the Alaskan Husky and the Siberians, they make very good obedience AKK. They are extremely smart, and want to please their owners. This combination results in a AKK that can learn just about anything. You should start obedience training early. Establish the rules and stick to them. Let your AKK know that you are the boss; you are the master of the domain and you are the pack leader. Do not let your AKK do something as a puppy that you do not want him/her to do as an adult. If you give in even once, you have established that rules are made to be broken. Once you have taught your AKK to perform a certain behavior, expect him/her to do it all the time, so do not let him/her do anything that you do not want him/her to do because it will be very difficult to undo that training.
AKK are pack oriented much like the Husky. Therefore, you should establish yourself as the pack leader. It is not necessary to do the alpha role that is commonly referred to. You have to inspire and respect, not bully the AKK into submission. That tactic can make a resentful, unpredictable AKK. Treat your AKK with respect and expect the same.
Agility for these AKK can be a great challenge. However, at times, all they have to do is watch another AKK perform on the A-frame or the Bridge and they will follow without human direction. This is the type of training that is fun and productive for the AKK. Both the owner and the AKK have fun learning and following the rules. You will find that challenging your AKK is the best way to keep him/her from getting bored and into trouble.
The worst thing you can do is spoil these precious little AKK. Many people get one of these AKK and treat them like their “baby.” AKK do not understand their role if it is supposed to be your baby. An AKK is an AKK, and only knows how to be one. When put in this kind of position, your AKK can become willful, aggressive and in general, unpleasant to be around.
If you train your AKK correctly, he/she will more than likely not have separation anxiety; however, the breeders at Alakkawa Kennels cannot guarantee this issue will never arise. Test the waters with your AKK when you first bring him/her home. In other words, place your AKK is his/her crate, leave the house by just going outside to see if he/she will cry. Give this situation approximately 15-20 minutes, then go inside quietly and try not to make a big deal out of your return. Conduct your own research on how to break your pet from separation anxiety.
If you train your AKK correctly, he/she will follow you anywhere and everywhere. In that vein, training classes not only teach the AKK to socialize and respond to you even with distractions, but it also teaches you and everyone else in the family the correct commands to use, and how to get your AKK to respond. Consistency is extremely important and training classes give the family a place to practice with someone who is available to reinforce the correct training techniques.
The training period is also a bonding experience. You will find that your AKK wants to be the "best" at everything and always be sure to "praise" them. The trick to a well trained AKK is developing good habits. Once the behavior you want has become a habit, the AKK is less likely to break the command.
Use a good "dog" food (not "human" food) with lots of vitamins and minerals for strong bones and teeth. A good name brand is best. The AKK require much fuel to provide energy for their antics. When raised in kennels, they tend to eat best while being cared for, but gain the bulk of their weight when in the home with their family. They do not "chow down" and tend to be social eaters. Because of this, they seldom put on excess weight. These AKK love fruits and vegetables such as peas, corn, peaches, bananas, carrots, and apples. The AKK love getting “treats” when they have done good deeds and the breeders give all their AKK treats on a consistent basis.
The breeders feed all their dogs Purina One. However, during Abby’s pregnancy she receives Science Diet (soft canned) Puppy Food and wean the pups from Abby to this food. The breeder's do this because there are more nutrients in Science Diet and Abby can receive those nutrients she truly needs for healthy pups. When the breeder's wean their pups, they begin on the Science Diet Puppy (soft canned) Food because of those same nutrients. After the pups get all of their teeth in, the breeder's then change the form of Science Diet from soft canned food to dry kibble puppy food. The breeder's recommend to all puppy owners if they decide to change their pups diet to be sure to mix in the Science Diet dry kibble with their new food by measuring out ¼ cup of Science Diet to a ½ cup of the chosen food the owners wish to feed them all the time.
It is best to feed puppies on a schedule to facilitate “potty training.” Puppies should be fed at least three times a day. Adults may be fed once per day or self feed. Most people who own AKK will allow their AKK to self feed once the AKK is housetrained.
Children should treat the AKK with respect and these AKK love all children, if socialized around them properly. There have been reports of AKK watching the baby in the house, then going out to get the parent(s) when the baby cried. There have been dams that nursed kittens.
The AKK tend to be a little “AKK aggressive” if not socialized properly. Proving a stranger has good intentions, the AKK will sense it and may sniff or bark, rarely bite, but some have been known to nibble at feet, pant legs, toes and fingers. When you first approach an AKK that may be standoffish, it is a good idea to simply ignore them at first and kneel down to their level and let them come to you.
AKK are generally self assured, and uncomfortable when her/his master is not around. An AKK would much rather travel with his/her master.
Some AKK are not a good watch AKK and sometimes not considered a good guard AKK. However, depending on your training with an AKK - they can possibly make a good watch AKK.
If you are fortunate enough to adopt an AKK, then you will never be alone. An AKK will become an integral part of your family, follow you all over the house and never leave your side.
Once you have filled out the breeder’s extensive questionnaire, and if they decide you can adopt one of their precious loved ones, you will receive a Welcome Packet when you pick up your little sweet angel to include the following:
A. A document from the breeder’s veterinarian that shows your puppy (with the rest of the litter mates) will have a full health check by the breeder’s board certified, licensed and registered veterinarian at 1-5 days-old.
B. A document from the breeder’s veterinarian that shows your puppy received his/her first set of shots at 6-weeks-old. Thereafter, you will be responsible according to the breeders contract when to have his/her continuation of shots with your veterinarian.
C. A document from the breeder’s veterinarian that shows your puppy will have been checked for worms and parasites and will be started on worming meds. Most times the breeder simply purchases the worming meds from the veterinarian and gives this medication to the puppy. Your puppy will have had worming meds given at 3, 6 & 8 weeks.
D. A document entitled, "People and AKK Communicating Together," which is basically a socialization chart. At Alakkawa Kennels, the breeders BELIEVE IN SOCIALIZATION and appropriate conditioning according to the age of the puppy.
E. You will receive a contract entitled, “Alakkawa Kennels Buyers Agreement and Bill of Sale Contract.” This contract and all its addendums are bound by law in the state of Georgia and should any new puppy owner/client ever default on the main contract and any of its addendums, you will be asked by the courts in Newton County, Georgia to return to the puppy to the breeder’s home location to go to court.
G. The contract listed above will in include 3 addendums:
a. Alakkawa Kennels Spay/Neuter Contract
b. Alakkawa Kennels Adult Examination Contract
c. Alakkawa Kennels Guarantee of Good Health
d. Alakkawa Kennels Questionnaire - becomes a part of the contract.
H. You should agree to the terms and conditions for the main contract and all its addendums before moving forward with the adoption of an Alakkawa Kennels puppy. If you do not agree with any portion of the main contract or any of its addendums, then chances are the breeders cannot move forward.
I. Your puppy will begin to receive training to go potty outside by the time he/she is 6-week-old at which time they will have received their first set of vaccinations. Please keep in mind the breeders diligently work extra hard to take your puppy outside on a regular basis; taking him/her to the same location on their property, repeating the word -"potty" continuously to condition him/her for this line of behavior. However, the breeders cannot guarantee once your puppy comes to live with you he/she will not have accidents in your home.
J. If you choose to use puppy pads, then this is your freedom of choice and if they work for you Great! Congrats!
You will receive photographs galore! MaryAnne is a professional photographer and LOVES taking pictures of all her animals. Therefore, she will constantly send photographs (via email) of your new AKK once you are approved to adopt. You may also check this website as often as you like since she posts a good many pictures here as well.
You will receive professional, constant, non-stop communication with the breeders throughout the life of your puppy. The breeders are firm believers in communication.
Also, be sure to keep your puppy out of pet stores and away from other animals until they are fully vaccinated which is when they are 4-months-old. You do not know if other pets have been vaccinated and this helps to insure your puppy’s health by keeping them away from pet parks, public parks, etc.
SHIPPING YOUR AKK
Alakkawa Kennels prefers to no longer ship any puppies. However, should you wish that MaryAnne bring your puppy to you, then it will be your responsibility to pay for the airline ticket so she can bring your new AKK to you. That said, she can only travel with an AKK to another state if she can take the time off from work to do so.
As of 1/25/12, the price to fly an AKK inside the cabin with MaryAnne was almost $350.00. MaryAnne was able to make certain the AKK was safe, had water and food in her carrier, and she was also able to meet her new owners.
Also, should you decide to go with another breeder, (for whatever reason), the breeders have provided the below information for you regarding shipping your pet.
If you choose one of the breeders to fly your pet to the state where you reside, the breeder must have a health certificate, a crate, and an airline ticket. All these additional fees are beyond the purchase price when considering the adoption of an AKK.
It should be your responsibility to make certain any airline carrier will ship animals and that the airline carrier will fly into your home state area. Please keep in mind not all airlines may fly straight into your area.
WEATHER RESTRICTIONS FOR DELTA
May 15 – September 15
Long nose breeds - Temps cannot be above 85 degrees
Snub nose breeds - Temps cannot be above 75 degrees
For either breed listed above during the winter months - temps cannot be below 10 degrees.
** PLEASE NOTE**
DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, DELTA IS INCREDIBLY STRICT ABOUT FLYING ANIMALS.
IF YOU LIVE IN LAS VEGAS, BE PREPARED TO DRIVE TO ANOTHER AIRPORT TO PICK UP YOUR AKK. THE CLOSEST AIRPORT TO THIS AREA IS LOCATED IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA. IT IS ABOUT A 3.5 HOUR DRIVE FOR THOSE LIVING IN LAS VEGAS.
WHEN WE SHIPPED AN AKK, DELTA WAS OUR CHOICE FOR AKK TRAVEL IN THE PAST.
SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS CAN ONLY BE MADE 7 DAYS TO 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
PRICING INFORMATION CAN BE GIVEN AT ANY TIME, BUT MAY CHANGE ACCORDING TO DELTA FLIGHTS. CALL 1-888-736-3738
You will need to discuss the purchase of the airline ticket with your breeder. Normally the potential buyer will reimburse the breeder before the AKK is shipped. The breeder will need the airline ticket to ship a live animal before he/she can place an AKK on a plane.
An AIRLINE APPROVED CRATE must be purchased. In the past when Alakkawa Kennels did ship puppies, the breeders purchased the crates from Pet Smart and got reimbursed from the buyer before an AKK was shipped.
The health certificate is also a requirement of the airlines as they have to feel certain an animal is healthy enough to fly. A health certificate is obtained from the breeders vet (and normally is only good for 10 days). In the past when Alakkawa Kennels did ship puppies, the fee their vet charged them was the same fee they charged a family to ship their new AKK. As of 1/31/12 - the price for a health certificate was $75.00 and included the office visit.
HEALTH CERTIFICATE for DELTA
A health certificate is required when shipping your pet in the cargo compartment of a plane. While Delta may not require a health certificate for carried-on or checked pets, upon arrival, the certificate may be required by other airline carriers and/or the state in which the puppy flying into. For clarification, please call your veterinarian or visit the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services.
The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport. The certificate must contain:
A. The shipper's name and address.
B. Any tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal.
C. The age of the animal being shipped (USDA regulations require animals be at least 8-weeks-old and fully weaned before traveling).
D. A statement from the vet (a Health Certificate) that the animal is in good health.
E. A list of administered inoculations, when applicable.
F. The signature of the veterinarian.
G. The date of the certificate.
FOR ADULT PREGNANT AKK ONLY:
If the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate. Please do not contact the breeders to ship you any AKK that is pregnant so that you may sell puppies in the United States or abroad!
THIS IS THE KENNEL SIZE THE BREEDERS WILL BUY TO SHIP AN AKK:
Outside Size (inches)
Cost of Kennel
27 x 20 x 19
USDA RULES THAT A KENNEL MUST
A. Be constructed out of rigid plastic, wood, metal, or material of comparable strength with solid roofs. No cardboard kennels.
B. Have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable [applies to wheeled kennels only]
C. Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
D. Close securely, but not lock, allowing personnel to open it in case of emergency.
E. Have labels with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side.
F. Have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct Delta Air Logistics can provide these labels.
G. Contain some type of bedding, either shredded paper or towels, to absorb any "accidents."
H. Contain two dishes (one for food and one for water) attached to the inside of the kennel door. They must be easily accessible to Delta agents without opening the kennel door.
I. Display feeding instructions and food, if applicable. These instructions should be affixed to the top of the kennel, along with shipper and consignee information.
J. Not be made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials.
UPDATE ON SHIPPING COSTS
The airline fees have gone up and that means shipping prices have gone up to fly a puppy to another state. Alakkawa Kennels use to charge what the airline charged them to fly a pup and they did not do C.O.D. However, the breeders no longer fly puppies. Whether you are adopting a new puppy, taking a vacation with your pet or moving across country, you may be faced with the issue of shipping live cargo through the airlines. Here is some "need to know" information to help your puppy have a successful trip.
Your pet must have an IATA travel approved shipping kennel with water bowls.
Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around without slouching.
DOMESTIC PET TRAVEL
A. Animals must be at least 8-weeks-old. The breeders CANNOT AND WILL NOT SHIP AN AKK SOONER THAN 8 WEEKS and most airlines will not allow a AKK to ship before this time.
B. Shipping kennel or cage must meet standards for size, ventilation, strength and design.
C. Animals must have enough room to stand up and turn around.
D. Kennels must be equipped with one food and water cup.
E. Kennels must be marked with shipper's name, address and phone number and pick-up person's name, address and phone number (if different from shipper).
F. Live Animal Stickers should be applied to the kennel and the last time fed and watered indicated.
G. Newspaper or absorbent material must be placed in the bottom of the inside of the crate.
H. Animal may not be exposed to temperatures of less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit unless there is an acclimation statement by a Veterinarian.
I. Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed Veterinarian and be no more than 10-days-old.
J. Animals may not be brought to the airline more than 4 hours before a flight.
K. Animals less than 16 weeks of age must be offered food and water if transit is more than 12 hours.
L. Older animals must have food at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours.
M. Animals over 16 weeks must have rabies shots current.
TOPICS TO CONSIDER
THE BREEDERS AT ALAKKAWA KENNELS WILL NOT SHIP ANY OF THEIR AKK ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS.
A. If shipping international (including Hawaii) check the quarantine laws.
B. Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours before the flight.
C. Do not give your pet sedation without your veterinarian’s approval.
D. Try to schedule a non-stop flight and avoid heavy travel times.
E. If you are flying with your pet, be sure to tell the flight attendant or pilot.
F. Place a familiar blanket, or your pet’s favorite toy inside the kennel.
AIRLINES THAT SHIP PETS
Delta Pet First
If you have questions about shipping your pet as air cargo or you want to book a flight, please contact a Delta Air Logistics professional at 800-DL-CARG (800-352-2746).
1-800-NWCARGO (1-800-692-2746) When your pet is traveling unaccompanied.
United Cargo at 800-UA-CARGO
ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHIP PETS
Worldwide Pet Shipping - www.jet-a-pet.com
Pet Air - www.flypets.com/
Air Animal Pet Moving Service - ww.airanimal.com
Importing and Exporting Live Animals
International Animal Export Regulations - Pick a country and download the file with
Importing Domestic Animals to Rabies-Free Areas - Quarantine requirements
Transporting Live Animals
MORE INFORMATION ON SHIPPING PETS
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/cpl/faq/travel.htm - Information and tips about pet travel. Included is a list of books as well as a bibliography of articles that may give you helpful information about traveling with your pet.
Taking Your Pet on the Plane - Air travel for animals can be tricky and dangerous business, so it is important to know what the law, the airlines and veterinarians recommend.
If your pet is traveling during winter months and is accustomed to low temperatures, you may be able to facilitate the journey by obtaining two copies of an acclimation certificate from your veterinarian. USDA regulations require that this certificate be issued no more than ten days before departure.
The acclimation certificate must contain the following:
A. Shipper's name and address
B. Any tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal
C. A statement that the animal is acclimated to temperatures lower than 45 degrees F
D. Lowest temperature to which the animal may be exposed to, but not lower than 20 degrees F
E. Signature of the veterinarian
F. Date of the certificate
LIVE ANIMAL CHECK-LIST/CONFIRMATION of FEEDING
When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. On the checklist you must also give feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.
The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.
Some states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 800-545-8732, or the Department of Agriculture of the state you are traveling to may provide you with more information.
PETS AS A CARRY ON
Your pet can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee when traveling within the United States (except Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Pets permitted in the cabin include AKK, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Monkeys, pot-bellied pigs, reptiles, frogs, mice, rats, sugar gliders, and spiders are not permitted. The following restrictions apply:
A. Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel under the seat directly in front of you. Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
B. Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge, and while onboard the aircraft.
C. Your pet must be at least 8-weeks- old.
D. You may not carry on more than one pet.
E. Your pet in-cabin counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
F. If you're traveling to Hawaii, your pet won't be able to go with you in the cabin, and other restrictions may apply. See Pets to Hawaii for more information.
Also, Delta limits the number of pets per flight.
Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Delta in advance at 800-221-1212 to arrange to bring your pet on board.
PETS AS CHECKED BAGGAGE
While the environment your pet travels in is temperature-controlled and pressurized, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience which is why we no longer ship an AKK to any destination in cargo. Alakkawa Kennels wants your AKK to arrive safely. To insure your pet's comfort and safety and your peace of mind, review weather, health, and kennel Requirements & Restrictions for important guidelines.
Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted.
Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers.
All other animals, including reptiles, must be shipped as air cargo.
You can transport a total of two kennels per flight. Giant-size kennels can only be shipped as air cargo. Additional restrictions apply according to aircraft and class of service.
The one-way fee for checking your pet on flights within the U.S. is $100.00. If you and your pet are making a transfer to another airline, be sure to allow time to claim your animal and re-check it with the connecting airline. For additional information or to arrange to check your pet as baggage, contact Reservations.
Pets as Air Cargo - The following information came from www.delta.com
Delta Pet First is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner. The following are some guidelines and benefits for Delta Pet First customers:
Alakkawa Kennels recommends that you pre-book all arrangements prior to arrival at the origin facility by calling Pet First at 1-888-SEND-PET (888-736-3738).
You will be able to pre-book a maximum of 7 days in advance and a minimum of 1 day of the desired flight.
Delta has temperature-controlled Live Animal holding areas in their four hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas and Salt Lake City.
Upon arrival in the destination city, pets will be delivered to the Delta cargo facility within 60 minutes.
**BE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR AKK - MOST BREEDERS CANNOT MAKE THIS ARRANGEMENT FOR YOU.
All shipments must be picked up at the destination city cargo facility based on the destination station's guidelines.
Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted.
Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers.
Learn more about shipping by visiting Delta Air Logistics.
The following are some shipping suggestions to insure your pet's comfort and safety.
A. Familiarize your pet with the kennel to ease the stress of travel.
B. Keep your pet as calm as possible prior to the flight. Take along a leash and collar for walking your pet prior to
C. departure. Do not place the leash inside the kennel.
D. Include identification tags with your home address and telephone number, as well as the address and phone number of the person receiving the animal at destination.
E. Never send your pet with a muzzle or choke collar on. Both can be dangerous when an animal is alone.
STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
Birth to 2 weeks: A puppy is most influenced by his mother. Their senses of touch and taste are present at birth.
2 to 4 weeks: A puppy is most influenced by his mother and littermates. Their eyes open, teeth begin to come in, and senses of hearing and smell develop. A puppy begins to stand, walk a little, wag tail, and bark. And, by the fourth or fifth week, their eyesight is well-developed.
3 to 12 weeks: Socialization Period: During this period, a puppy needs opportunities to meet other dogs and people. The pups that are born at Alakkawa Kennels will meet all the AKK at TAG - The Alakkawa Gang; Abby - mom of course, Chance - dad, Montana - grandma and Valentino - big brother.
3 to 5 weeks: A puppy becomes aware of his surroundings, companions (both canine and human), and relationships, including play.
4 to 6 weeks: A puppy is most influenced by littermates and is learning about being a dog.
4 to 12 weeks: A puppy remains influenced by littermates and is also influenced by people. A puppy learns to play, develops social skills, learns the inhibited bite, explores social structure/ranking, and improves physical coordination.
5 to 7 weeks: A puppy develops curiosity and explores new experiences. A puppy needs positive "people" experiences during this time. A puppy begins teething (and associated chewing).
7 to 9 weeks: A puppy is refining his physical skills and coordination, and can begin to be housetrained. Puppy has full use of senses.
8 to 10 weeks: A puppy experiences real fear involving normal objects and experiences; puppy needs positive training during this time.
9 to 12 weeks: A puppy is refining reactions, developing social skills with littermates (appropriate interactions), and exploring the environment and objects. A puppy begins to focus on people; this is a good time to begin training.
3 to 6 Months: A puppy is most influenced by "playmates," which may now include those of other species. A puppy begins to see and use ranking (dominance and submission) within the household (the puppy's "pack"), including humans.
4 months: A puppy experiences another fear stage.
6 to 18 Months: A puppy is most influenced by human and dog "pack" members. If not spayed or neutered, a puppy experiences the beginnings of sexual behavior.
7 to 9 months: A puppy goes through a second chewing phase, part of exploring territory.
12 months: A puppy is now an adult. A puppy increases exploration of dominance, including challenging humans.
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