Car Travel for Dogs – make every trip a happy one

Car Travel for Dogs – make every trip a happy one

For humans a car ride is a matter of routine. But for your dog it can be an uncomfortable, even frightening ordeal. Follow these tips and, to your dog, a ride in the car will be more like a walk in the park.


  • Spend time in the car with your dog when it’s not moving. Give him lots of praise and affection so he sees the car as a happy place.
  • Drive him to fun places (his favourite park, play area). If he only ever goes to the vet, he’ll be reluctant to get into your car!
  • Your dog should always travel in the back, secured in an approved travel box, dog car seat or harness. Make sure he can stand, lie down and turn around. Your pet should never travel on the driver’s or passenger’s lap or be allowed to sit in the foot-well where the pedals are.
  • Providing a familiar blanket and/or safe toy can help make your dog more comfortable during the trip.
  • Never let your dog ride with his head outside the window. Dirt and other debris can enter his eyes, ears and nose and cause injury or infection.
  • Make sure you feed him three to four hours before the trip – and just a light meal or he may get sick.
  • If your dog does gets car sick, talk to your veterinarian about alternate traveling suggestions or medications to keep them comfortable.
  • Carry a bowl and bottles of tap water to stop your dog becoming dehydrated.
  • Don’t leave your dog on his own in the car – even if it’s only for a short time. On a warm day, 210C, the temperature inside the car can rise to 310C in only 10 minutes. He could quickly overheat – with tragic results.
  • Build in regular toilet stops (every 2-3 hours) and always make sure your dog is on a lead before letting him out of the car.
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KazBlue

KazBlue

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Zen has travelled often but has recently taken to attacking the glass or rubber in the widow and pulling on my seatbelt. Any idea's on how I can stop it? please

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beckymay

beckymay

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Right none of them work.I've done all of above and all my dog does is whine caz she wants to be in front or on my lap an I've tried everything to get her to stop treats,telling off,being dominant like a mum.spraying her with water or making loud noises.putting the cage in back with her covered over but she's an english bull terrier and is very clingy. So how do u deal with this then I really want to know. Ceaser Milan's ideas havent worked out so far ♡

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Lar2084

Lar2084

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Re my last comment about using a seat belt for the dogs I don't mean a human one but one made for dogs. My small dog has a harness but the big one is too large so had one made for dogs which clips into the seat belt holder.

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Lar2084

Lar2084

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Dogs should also be secured with a seat belt, these are inexpensive and keep the animals secure if there is an accident.

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I always make sure my girl travel's in a proper travel harness as I wouldn't dream of not putting a seatbelt on a child so why should my dog be any different. I make sure I have plenty of fresh water,a few treats if its a day out and a blanket to rest on in the car and for when we stop for a break.When we stop for a toilet break so does she and I always carry plenty of poo bags and tissues just in case.

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