Tips for car traveling with dogs! - Toyota North Charlotte Blog

Congrats ! Traveling with dogs is similar to long car trips with young kids! Great hub!
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Vehicular pet safety begins even before a person or their pet sets foot or paw in the car. Not every pet behaves the same, and not every pet is a good candidate for traveling in a car. Pet owners should take their pet’s temperament and behavior into consideration before driving with them. Some animals may be nervous or overly excitable when they get inside a vehicle. These types of animals may act in unexpected ways while the car is in motion. They may also vomit or have some other undesirable reactions due to motion sickness or out of fear. These types of pets should likely be left at home as they are not good candidates for car travel. If the animal must travel by car, a person should talk with a vet if the animal has car sickness as medication may help resolve the problem. Slowly letting frightened dogs familiarize themselves with the car before leaving on a road trip may also help alleviate some of their fear, as will very short trips driving in the vehicle. This, however, depends on what the animal is frightened of as it may be difficult to help an animal overcome a traumatic experience.
I wonder if this would work in my car if I folded the seats down. It would be a great way to organize my dog's stuff when she travels with me!
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Even if a pet doesn’t get stressed in the car, the constant motion can cause your cat or dog to feel queasy. For addressing motion sickness, the experts we interviewed agreed that the ingredients in from Ark Naturals would work better than other remedies, including the simple home remedy of a piece of ginger candy. Other chewables, such as , have a strong flavor that prompt some pets to refuse them. Happy Traveler chews calm more than just an animal’s nausea; they also reduce stress in cats and dogs. Anything that makes pulling over to clean up puke less likely is a plus. You can also use these chews safely with sprays of or . Nevertheless, nervous jitters aren't going to be your only problem when it comes to traveling with dogs in cars, however.
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An increasing number of pet owners are taking their dogs with them when they travel by car or airplane rather than leaving them behind. On a day to day basis, there may be some places where your dog may accompany you, whether you are visiting friends, going to work, or taking the dog to the groomer, veterinarian or doggy day care. On the other hand, it is not always practical to take your dog with you; at these times, you may have to take your pet to a boarding kennel.Travel requirements for pets vary between airlines and destinations. It is important to check with your airline well in advance, and if you will be traveling internationally, to also check what the importation rules are for your destination country. In most cases dogs must travel in the cargo compartment of the airplane (except for some small dogs in carriers and services dogs that can travel with their owners).
Some dogs travel well in the car but others do not. They may salivate, become restless, whine, howl, bark, pace, seek your attention or physical contact (which can be dangerous if you are the driver) and may even vomit, urinate or pass stools. Similarly, plane travel can be extremely stressful for some dogs. You may be able to predict this in advance if you know your dog’s temperament and how it reacts to car travel or being placed in a crate. Even if you expect your dog to handle a plane ride with minimum distress, you cannot be certain how the unfamiliar location, unfamiliar handlers, separation from the owners, pressure and temperature changes, unfamiliar noises, and the presence of other animals may affect your pet. However, what you can predict and control is how your dog reacts to its travel crate.The first step is to determine what will be the most practical way for the dog to travel in the car. Traveling in a crate or attached to a seat belt provides the greatest safety for the dog and the passengers, but the pet will first need to be conditioned to rest in its crate or wear the seat belt harness in the home.

In fact, by desensitization and counter-conditioning the dog to the seat belt or crate before proceeding to the car, these devices may help to improve success and reduce anxiety in the car. Some dogs may feel less anxious if they are not restrained in a crate or with a seat belt; this is only acceptable if you can ensure that there is no risk to the dog or the passengers when you drive. Some owners choose to use a dividing grid to block their dog’s access to the front of the vehicle. Another option is to have a second passenger restrain and train the dog with a leash and a head halter.