Your puppy's first experiences riding in a car will influence his or her future reactions to being taken for a car ride.
Fortunately, owners can take steps to prevent or reduce their puppy's stress and fear.
1) For the first few days or so, introduce your puppy to your car by putting him in the car, praising him and offering him a small meal or a few treats, then taking him
back out of the vehicle.
2) Once your puppy appears comfortable being put in the car, turn the engine on while he eats, chews on a rawhide bone, plays with a new toy or just sits on your lap
(or in his crate) in the back seat.
3) Once your puppy feels confident being in the car while the engine is running, begin taking your puppy for short, pleasant daily car rides, preferably in his crate, or
in a puppy safety seat. Once or twice around the block will suffice.
Keep in mind that both your mood and the attitude you project, as well as the destination of each ride, can greatly influence your puppy's experience. Handle the
situation calmly and cheerfully, and choose a destination that your puppy enjoys (such as a nearby dog run or local park), so that he associates car rides with going
If instead, the first several car rides together end up with your puppy getting his "shots" at the vet's office or his nails clipped at the groomer, or with your losing your
temper in traffic jams, your puppy may become nervous and reluctant to repeat the experience.
4) If your puppy is crate trained, crate him when going for a ride. A sturdy crate will help to make your puppy feel secure, and can help protect your puppy in case of
an accident or if you should have to brake suddenly. It also prevents your puppy from suddenly jumping onto the driver or the gas pedal, which can cause a serious
accident. Crating your puppy or dog will also protect your car seats from your puppy's shedding fur and dirty paws. And should he become ill or decide to "do his
business" en route, a crate will save your seats from a real mess!
5) To help prevent vomiting, don't feed your puppy for at least a few hours prior to taking any lengthy trips. Signs of impending nausea include sudden restlessness
and heavy drooling.
If your puppy does vomit in the car, do not reprimand him! This would only serve to stress him more, making vomiting all the more likely next time around. Besides,
vomiting is involuntary; it's something your puppy has no control over.
6) If your puppy is not crate trained, there are now doggy car seats available, as well special safety harnesses which attach to your car's seat belts!
7) If you cannot crate, harness or safety seat your puppy, be sure to either keep the back windows closed (temperature permitting) or open only few inches, while the
car is moving. This will help prevent your puppy from being able to jump out of the car, or from hanging his head out of the car windows (which can result in eye or
8) Gradually increase the distance of your rides over the next few weeks. The entire process and duration of time needed to properly acclimate a puppy to riding in a
car varies according to each individual. Some puppies enjoy going for car rides almost immediately, while others may take a few weeks of being introduced to riding in
a car before they feel comfortable.
9) During warm weather travel, take care to prevent your puppy from becoming overheated.
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Starting Out Right!
A Safety Warning
AAA just updated its poll on pet owners who drive with their dogs in the vehicle. Once again, the survey found the pet owners fessing up to their
potentially dangerous behaviors.
About 6 of 10 drivers who own dogs reported that they bring their canines along on car trips. About a quarter of the respondents said they use their
hands or arms to restrain the dog while braking.
Almost 20 percent of the drivers said they reach into the back seat to interact with the dog, while 17 percent of the drivers allow their pets to sit their laps.
“83 percent of respondents acknowledge that an unrestrained dog in a moving car can be dangerous, but only 16 percent currently use a pet restraint,”
the survey found.
The leading reason for not using a restraint was the owner felt the dog was calm and did not need restraining. AAA warned that in a crash,
unrestrained dogs (calm or not) are flying objects, capable of doing great damage to themselves and to anyone in their way.
Education could be key. The AAA survey found that use of a restraint is three times greater with drivers who knew about cases in which unrestrained
dogs were injured or caused injury to other passengers in a car crash (32 percent) compared with respondents who were not aware of such a situation
but still used a restraint (9 percent).
The co-sponsor was Kuro, which (conveniently) sells pet-restraint services.
The online study was conducted using a sample of 1,000 dog owners who have driven with their dog in past year. A similar survey was released in 2010.
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Motion Sickness in Dogs
Motion sickness in dogs is not uncommon on car trips but can be reduced by natural remedies. Dogs experience the same issues we
do with motion sickness and can benefit from motion sickness remedies too. If you are searching for natural motion sickness remedies
for dogs, below are some suggestions you may want to try before your next car trip.
1. PetHerbsDirect has an all-natural herbal remedy for motion sickness for dogs. The all-natural pill can be given to dogs the night
before and the morning of traveling to help prevent nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Package of 100 pills cost $26.95 and can be used
with their calming medication to help on car trips.
2. Zingiber officinalis (ginger) and Mentha piperita (mint) are both well-known natural remedies for nausea. They help maintain
balance and support the digestive system, which will ease the discomfort your dog experiences from motion sickness.
3. Conditioning can help your dog overcome his motion sickness. Fear and amenity upset the natural balance in the digestive system
and perceptual differences can upset your dogs balance by affecting his inner ear, eyes and body position causing motion sickness.
Condition your dog to the vehicle by sitting with him in the car for about 20 minutes with the car not running - - praise and pet him
during this time. Repeat two or three times then turn the car on and allow it to run for several minutes while continuing the praise and
petting. After your dog is comfortable sitting with you in the car, begin driving around the block while continuing the petting and praise.
This will ease your dog into riding in the car while decreasing his fear and anxiety. Rescue Remedy is an all-natural remedy for stress
that may help your dog relax and not be upset or anxious about car trips.
4. Before leaving, exercise your dog for about 30 minutes by doing a fun activity such as playing fetch or chasing you in the yard to
help them relax. When they are in the car, provide their favorite chew toy for them to concentrate on and have a comfortable place for
them to lie down and sleep. Use the blanket from their bed (if you do not use one begin using one as soon in advance as possible) to
create this space for them to rest - - this will seem more like home, keep them calm and not as prone to motion sickness.
5. Homeopathic remedies will sometimes help ease motion sickness for dogs while traveling by car or air. EasyTravel Solution is an
FDA registered natural remedy for motion sickness in dogs that is made from homeopathic ingredients. Sprinkle the granules on your
dog's tongue and they are quickly absorbed for hours of relief.
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