Friday, April 6, 2018

How to Travel by Car with Your Dog

Some dogs like to drive by car, and can carry it wherever you go is certainly fun. However, such conditions do not apply to all dogs. This article shares some safety tips you should think about before traveling by car with your pet, whether the animal loves the trip or not.

How to Travel by Car with Your Dog
How to Travel by Car with Your Dog

Get ready to travel with your dog

1. Imagine how you want to control your dog while you're in a car.

It's not safe to let dogs roam the car out of control. Consider locking it up if you're driving for long distances or if your dog is an anxious passenger. This is the most effective way to secure a dog while you are driving. Holding dogs will help you focus on driving rather than on the dog. This is important because impaired drivers can easily lead to accidents.  Holding a dog will also keep your pet safe if you stop abruptly or have an accident.

If you do not want to confine your dog, at least find ways to limit it to exploring certain parts of the car. For example, if you drive a station wagon, consider restricting the dog to just the back of the car. If there is a large window section of luggage, install a wire grid to prevent the dog from jumping over the back of the car seat. Limit the area for your dog with a blanket or place the bedding on the corner so that the dog can sleep comfortably during the trip. Most dogs feel that sleep is an easy way to cope with motion sickness.

You can also buy safety seats for dogs. Although not as secure as a cage, the dog will be safer and more comfortable than the car seat, especially if you turn or stop the car in a hurry.
To ensure that your pet can not explore the car, consider purchasing a seat belt for him. The belt ensures that in case of an animal accident you are not thrown from the car or hit another passenger.
Make sure the seat is safe either placed on the seat or on the floor of the car. Make sure the position is completely stable to prevent it from moving if you stop the car quickly or the car crashes into something.

2. If you use a cage, introduce it to your dog.

Bring the cage to your dog with a positive impression. Let the dog sniff it before it is put into the car. As soon as the cage is put in the car, insert your dog into it. Continue to be positive about the enclosure then go away from the dog inside for a few minutes.

3. Invite your dog to exercise before putting it in the car.

You need to make the dog feel tired before stabbing it. If a tired dog may still be unsteady when locked up, the dog that has full energy will usually get worse.

4. Avoid feeding your dog right before the trip.

Feed your dog at least a few hours in advance. This will prevent your dog from getting motion sickness.

5. Wrap the appropriate supplies for your dog while traveling long distances by car.

Make a comfortable place for your dog by installing a mattress or blanket on the floor of the car as a coating. Also provide water, delicious food, necklaces and dog straps, some chew toy (toys for chewing, like bone, etc.), as well as plastic bags for waste.

6. Put some chew toy on the back of the car with your dog to keep him busy.

Better not to give your dog bones or food because if you feel nauseous the dog will regurgitate again.
Toys that give a shrieking sound are also not recommended because it will make you stress during driving.

Consult a vet if your dog shows signs of motion sickness.
Never treat your dog with Dramamine (One type of drug to relieve symptoms of motion sickness, such as nausea, vomiting, etc.) or any other medication without a veterinarian's instructions. Your vet may suggest other medicines instead.

8. Overcome the problem of hyperactivity in dogs before traveling.

If your dog has hyperactivity problems, contact your veterinarian before traveling. Consider if a sedative is soft enough and safe for your dog, especially if you want to travel long distances. Follow the treatment instructions carefully.

On The Way Away with Your Dog

1. Let your new puppy or pets gradually get used to traveling by car.

Start by letting your dog roam the inside of the car with the engine dead. Then start with a few short trips until you and your dog become accustomed to traveling along with the car.

2. Make sure the first few trips with the cargo to a place that is fun for your dog.

Do not travel long distances immediately, just to where your dog feels familiar. Bring your dog to a park or field, so the dog associates a car ride with something more fun than just a vet voyage trip.

3. Keep the dog opening attached wherever you drive long distances.

No matter how good your dog behaves, there is always the possibility that the dog will get out of the car and run away from you. Make sure your dog can be identified if on the way the dog is released.

4. Take a break. Let your dog run around the car until tired.

You should also give him some food and water while resting. Make sure you stop every four hours or so and take a walk, even if only on the grass near the fast food restaurant or the highway. The moment allows your dog to urinate or remove dirt, so you can also give him a drink. Taking your dog for a walk is very important because the dog can relax its legs and relieve stress due to boredom.
This is especially important if your trip is more than a few hours. Four hours is the average absolute limit for dogs to travel without rest. Make sure you stop at the grassy area and are relatively quiet (not right on the curb), car keys, give your dog a little food and water then take a walk so your dog can get rid of the excess energy. If you stop by the highway, make sure your dog is tied for safety.

5. Do not leave your dog in a parked car during hot weather.

Know how quickly a dog will experience heat and die, while in a parked car. To be safe, never leave your dog unattended in the car during hot weather for whatever time it takes. If you stop to eat, park your car in the shade, and leave the window slightly open for cool air to enter. Have a bowl of cold water in the car and remove the dog from its seat. Lock the car door, and go order your food.

When the weather is hot, try to take a moment away from the car, because you certainly do not want your dog to feel too hot. If you're going to stop for a long time, for example, while waiting for a long queue, tie your dog to a post or inside the front door of the car or any place outside you can watch. At least the dog is free of heat as long as you wait in the queue. Be sure to tie your dog with a safe knot so that the dog does not run off to the road. A strong knot will also reduce the chances of someone stealing your dog.

6. Avoid to amuse him when your dog shows signs of stress.

Entertaining the dog, as it seems, strengthens his mind that something bad is happening. The best course of action is to remain calm and casual while watching for signs of real stress (instead of anxiety).

7. Give a reward to your dog as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Immediately take your puppy for a walk on arrival at the destination. Give the dog food, convince, and give a great affection for successfully passing the journey.


  • If your dog has a favorite towel or blanket, be sure to take it for the dog to feel comfortable.
  • Try to get your puppy to ride (without toys) for the first time in an "empty stomach" by not feeding him for 2-4 hours before driving. Several times driving without nausea will be very helpful to prevent the development of motion sickness conditions in the puppy.
  • If you travel more than 24 hours, first find a pet-friendly hotel as a resting place for you and your dog.
  • Be sure to bring a dog food bag on the way so you can handle the affairs of the puppy.
  • Treat your dog with patience, sweetness, and affection. Just as for you traveling is also a tense thing for dogs!
  • Do not let your dog stick her head out the window. Pieces of debris can get into his eyes or if you have an accident or stop abruptly, your dog can float out the window.


Some dogs may become very nauseated (vomiting). Avoid to see it and block the back seat with a used blanket or newspaper if you want to stay on the safe side.

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