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Puppy car travel tips that every owner should know

You have a new puppy and can’t wait to show them the world. We know the feeling! But before you start planning this awesome road trip together (or even preparing to go to the vet), you need to remember that a car can be a very strange thing for a puppy. The closed space, the movement of the car, and even the noise of the engine can set off alarm bells for a puppy who is not used to travel. However, there are a few things you can do to make your pup’s drive easier. Who knows, they might even look forward to seeing you! Here are the basics of driving a car for puppies.

Can puppies travel in the car?

Yes, puppies can travel in cars, but different dogs will have different experiences with them. While some puppies get on and off cars with no worries in the world, others find traveling by car a bit nerve-wracking. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make your four-legged friend feel more comfortable.

How to teach a puppy to drive

When you take your dog in a car, the secret is to make them feel safe. The safer you are, the more comfortable and less stressed you will be. As with so many things about dogs, the sooner they travel, the better. Ideally, you want your puppy to get used to cars as soon as you bring them home.

Gradually introduce your puppy to the car

Start with them sitting in a stationary car. They need time to sniff the pen or area they are restricted to and get comfortable before starting the engine. If you’re satisfied, move on to the next step.

Take your puppy for a short, slow ride in the car

Drive together to the end of the street and back. At the end of the trip, praise and reward them for calmly driving their cars.

Make sure they have a firm footing under their paws

The footwell or boots are actually better for puppies than on your car seat. You will find the trip easier if you have a comfortable place to sit and lie down, especially when walking around corners.

Slowly increase the length of your trips

Provided everything is going well, simply take longer or more frequent trips as your pup’s confidence grows. Be slow and patient and you should be making progress soon.

Puppy in the open trunk of the car with a leash

Here’s how to protect your puppy while driving in the car

Dog car safety isn’t just about keeping your pup safe. It’s about taking care of drivers and passengers too. Take the time to train your pup to be quiet and quiet in the car so that it doesn’t distract the driver or disturb other people in the car.

Use a crate or dog barrier

If your puppy is sitting in the footwell or boot, use a crate or dog barrier to keep him safe. If this is not possible and you are only letting your pup sit in a car seat, make sure he is wearing a harness. Belts are like seat belts for dogs. They are available in different sizes and are attached to normal seat belts. Harness can take a bit of getting used to, so test it out at home first and give your dog lots of praise for wearing it before actually using it on your trip.

Do not let your pup drive their head out of the window in the car

It may look and probably is great fun, but if you do it too often, you can get eye irritation or, worse, get hurt from something you drive past. There is also a risk of them slipping out of their harness and jumping out of the window. It’s perfectly fine to open the window a little so your dog can get plenty of fresh air. On hot days, you can use a window protector that will allow you to open the window better without your dog jumping out.

Precautionary measure in hot weather

If the weather is hot, you can also buy blinds that will be placed on the windows to prevent strong sunlight from coming in. Both the window guards and the parasols are great for on the go, but even with the windows down and out of sunlight, cars can heat up very quickly. NEVER leave your dog in the car on warm days, including winter, as this can be fatal.

Include frequent breaks from long car journeys

If you travel long distances with your dog, make a habit of stopping every few hours. You will likely appreciate both a toilet break, a drink of water, and the chance to stretch your legs – just always make sure your pup is wearing the collar and ID in case he escapes.

What to Do If Your Puppy Is Afraid of Driving?

If your puppy gets particularly nervous in the car, ask your veterinarian about synthetic pheromones, which come in a variety of formats – including dog bandanas! The scents are believed to be similar to the calming pheromones that the mother naturally gave off as a puppy. Therefore, she should remain calm and relaxed for about four hours.

Also, try to give them some kind of familiarity in the car to make them less stressed, e.g. B. a favorite toy or a rug that smells like home. This is especially helpful for young puppies.

Auto sickness in puppies

Auto sickness in puppies is very common, although some dogs grow from it. If your furry friend gets sick in cars, it makes sense to put waterproof sheeting where they tend to sit or lie, and always have plenty of paper towels and a cleaning spray with them in case they are sick.

A car sick puppy is an unhappy puppy – and nobody wants that – so don’t travel if their stomach is full. It is best not to feed your dog for two to three hours before you travel and always walk your dog shortly before you leave so that it is not afraid of an accident. If auto sickness becomes a common problem, ask your veterinarian for advice.

Remember to be patient and strive for gradual progress. Soon your puppy will become familiar with the car and know what to expect when he hears the door close and the engine running – a great trip with a travel companion he loves and lots of unusual sing-alongs.

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