Although we often think of dogs as happily lolling out the car window enjoying the smells and the wind, all pets are not alike. For some dogs, a car ride can equal an anxiety attack, shaking, drooling, and even vomiting. He doesn't understand that he will be safe and sound somewhere after the car ride. Even if your dog enjoys short rides with your family, an extended ride on highways may cause anxiety and motion sickness. Follow this easy schedule to get your pet on the road to happy travels.
- Pets are very receptive to repetition. Start by sitting in the car with your pet and a favorite treat. Make being in the car pleasant.
- Once your pet is no longer frightened of being in the car, turn it on so he can get used to the noise of the engine. Give a treat before you turn the car on and afterward.
- Get your pet used to the car in motion. Back down to the end of the driveway and drive back up a few times. Remember to include praise and treats if he does not get frightened.
- Progress to short drives - around the block and then, on longer errands. As your vacation draws near, take your dog on longer drives that include various terrains such as highways and city streets.
Source: Dr. Marty Smith, DVM, Drs. Foster & Smith
Tags: Training and Behavior