You will probably have to travel with your dog at some point. In many ways, this is a fun and exciting time, especially if you’re going somewhere the dog hasn’t been. Dogs love new experiences, new smells, and new sights. If you’re driving, and you have a dog that enjoys being in the car, then you’re one of the lucky ones. What about those who have dogs that don’t like being in cars?
Some dogs get car sick, especially if they’re not accustomed to being in the car. Some of them have anxiety about being in cars, and some are just nervous about new experiences. Whatever the case may be, keeping your dog comfortable is crucial to having a good and stress-free trip. So, how do you accomplish that?
You might have crate-trained your dog, and you might have used a crate to potty train your dog as well. That is going to come in handy when it’s time to take your dog on a trip. If your dog is crate-trained, then she probably thinks of the crate as a safe space. Many dogs like the comfort of being close to walls and confined somewhere secure. Other dogs like the stability of recognisable sights and smells. So, if your dog is crate-trained, it’s probably a good idea to put the dog in the kennel for your trip. That should help to keep your dog calm on the trip.
Also, you have to ask your vet if it’s safe, but many people like to medicate their dogs. Certain medicines that induce sleepiness in humans are far less effective on dogs; however, they can still serve to calm your dog down. You really should consult your vet first; some dogs have adverse reactions to certain medications.
It’s also very important to give your dog plenty of bathroom breaks and plenty of fresh air while on the trip. That fresh air can mean keeping a window cracked while driving, but it can also mean letting her stretch her legs occasionally. Dogs do not plan for driving trips the way humans do. So, they might need more bathroom breaks or more opportunities to stretch their legs. It’s easy to forget that your dog has specific needs that do not pause while you’re driving.
Driving for a long time with your dog can be stressful and annoying if you don’t plan for it. Dogs get hyperactive when they’re cooped up for a long time. They tend to get car sick as well as restless. The best way to offset these annoyances is to prepare yourself as best you can. If your dog is accustomed to being in a crate, it’s a good idea to put her in the crate for the trip. If your vet says it’s okay, you might want to sedate your dog. Be sure to be mindful of your dog’s needs. She needs to stretch her legs, use the bathroom, and eat just as often as you need to. If you plan ahead, everything should go fine.