How to Take a Fearful Dog on a Road Trip
Summer is right around the corner, and that means one thing: road trips. While traveling long or short distances to your summer destination may be exciting for humans, these plans might not be met with equal enthusiasm by your fearful dog. However, there are steps you can take to ensure a pleasant ride for everyone, and in turn, reduce your Dog Owner Liability. So, before venturing out, heed the following advice.
Find out if your dog has motion sickness.
The main reason your four-legged friend may not like the car is due to his motion sickness. As this won’t go away, even with time, consult with your veterinarian to get the proper medications ahead of time. It’s wise to do this sooner so that your dog doesn’t get in the habit of pairing negative emotions with your vehicle.
Make it fun!
Have your pup get in the car and go somewhere preferred, such as a park or to get a treat. If you only have your dog in the car when going to the vet, it should come as no surprise that he becomes fearful each time he gets in. So, keep it short, rewarding, and frequent until they will start to pair more positive associations with the car.
Keep your dog’s mind busy.
Make frozen snacks or get raw bones for your dog to chew on while the car is in motion. According to Dogster, the goal is to provide something that occupies her mind while delivering a sensational taste — while the car is in motion- you want your dog to associate a moving car with delicious treats.
Keep him calm.
Give your dog quiet time upon arrival, reward him with treats, and allow him to get acclimated to his surroundings calmly and in plenty of time. This will prevent your dog from feeling anxious and uncertain throughout the trip.
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