Travelling in the car can be stressful for our canines, especially for puppies adapting to the process. With changing visual stimuli, potential motion sickness and confinement, the car can often not be our pet's favoured place to be! Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look at management of canine car travel in our latest blog...
It is important to try and associate cars and car journeys with positive experiences. For first time travellers in order for your dog to be relaxed in the car, owners should de sensitise their canines by gradually introducing them. Give the dog the opportunity to sniff around the car boot or crate they will be confined in whilst the vehicle is stationary, prior to starting the engine. Then build up slowly the duration of the travel time starting with short trips in the car and gradually adjusting to longer excursions.
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When introducing your dog to the car for the first time why not pack your dog's favourite blanket or toy? Always ensure you provide some water on board and where possible drive with a window open to ensure your canine doesn't become dehydrated.
- Dogs generally prefer a firm footing whilst in motion so even if you want to provide your dog emotional support in transit it may be better to provide a dog crate or provide them the car boot to sit in that have them on your lap. If you're going to use a crate or similar always show the dog the enclosure with the door open and allow him to go in himself gradually. A suitable crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
- When building up the distance travelled or on long trips make sure you stop every couple of hours. Your canine will appreciate a toilet break, a drink of water and a chance to stretch their legs.
- Make sure your dog is well exercised prior to car travel as doing this will encourage him to rest, and even sleep, whilst in transit.
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