For many people, dogs are part of the family, and that means they often go on car trips with their owners. However, car journeys can be stressful for our furry friends, especially if they're not used to traveling. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help them feel relaxed on a car journey. By following these simple tips, you can help your puppy passenger enjoy the ride and arrive at your destination feeling calm and relaxed.
1. Take shorter journeys first
Even with a comfortable environment set up in the car, it’s important to take some time to get your dog used to car rides before setting out on a long journey. They need to become familiar with their surroundings, as well as the movement of the car.
Remember your driving style can also impact how relaxed they feel – sharp turns or sudden breaks are likely to make them feel a little nauseous. One of the dangers of driving with any pet is that they can be a distraction, so these shorter practice trips can be good for the driver too.
2. Plan regular breaks
We all need breaks from long journeys, including our furry friends. Not only will this help them to stay relaxed, but a break will give your pooch plenty of time to rest, explore and go to the toilet, and it will help to prevent any restlessness or boredom. So plan your route with appropriate stops, considering that you may prefer somewhere you can take a short walk rather than a service station.
3. Bring along plenty of water and food
It's important to remember that our pets have different needs than we do. They can't just hop out of the car and grab a bite to eat or drink when they get thirsty – that's where we come in. Before heading out on a road trip with your dog, make sure to pack plenty of food and water, as well as a bowl and water bottle for them to use while on the journey or when you stop for a break. Not only will this keep them comfortable and hydrated, but it will also help to avoid any accidents in the car.
4. Don't leave them alone in the car
Most people know that it's not a good idea to leave dogs in cars. The summer heat can be dangerous for them, and even in the winter, they can get cold quickly. Leaving them in a car is always risky – even if the car is parked in the shade, it can still get very hot, and you shouldn’t leave your dog inside.
To sum up
So, if you're looking for a way to make your dog feel more relaxed on car journeys – and who isn't? – getting them used to the idea of being in a car, preparing yourself with the right route and packing essentials are all important tips. And there's no time like the present to start. Load up your furry friend and take a short drive around the block. You'll be able to explore new places together in no time at all.
Simon Jones is a pet lover and animal advocate. When he's not taking care of his beloved cats and dogs, he enjoys traveling and exploring new places. He loves learning about other cultures and has been lucky enough to visit many different countries in the course of his career. Simon is always up for an adventure, and can't wait to see what the world has in store for him next.