Dogs sticking their heads out of a car window

How can I make car travel more enjoyable for my pet?

Dogs are a part of the family. Bringing them along on a car ride not only opens the possibilities of travel but it is also sometimes necessary with visits to the vet, groomers, or daycare. However, when you have a dog that gets anxious even thinking about being in the car, it’s a lot more difficult to manage than opening the door and letting them jump right in. We have a few tips that may help to calm dogs during a car ride below.

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How To Calm Anxious Dogs During A Car Ride

Bring A Comfort Object

woman and her dog driving in a convertible with the top downTry to make the car as comfortable as possible for your dog. One helpful idea is bringing along a comfort object in the form of a favorite toy or a blanket that smells like home. It can also be helpful to set a calm mood with gentle music or an open window.

Take Them Somewhere Fun

Some dogs associate a car ride with a trip to the vet. If your dog has limited experiences in the car and they aren’t very positive, it will naturally become a place they do not want to be. Try taking them on a few car rides that end in a trip to the park or the pet store so they can develop additional positive associations with traveling in a car.

Consider a Crate

Some dogs feel a sense of added security from being in a more confined space while traveling in the car. Depending on the size of your dog, consider a crate for the cargo space area or a small dog carrier or harness in the rear seat. Whether creating a cozy space or letting your dog stretch out, always be sure to follow updated safety suggestions for car travel.

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