May 8, 2010

Dogs and Cars

Filed under: clean cars,Dog Behavior — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:13 pm

From time to time, you will need to take your dog in the car.  Whether this is going to be a regular routine or an occasional necessity, there are some extra steps you should consider whenever you’re going to take your dog out in the car.  For some dogs, car travel can be uncomfortable and your behavior as a pet owner can greatly impact your dog’s willingness to travel in a car.  First and foremost, remember to never leave your dog unattended in your vehicle.  In some circumstances you may not have a choice, in which case you need to leave at least 2 windows down so that fresh air will pass through the car.  Also, if you need to leave your dog in the car for more than a few minutes, be sure to leave him with a source of drinking

Other than not leaving your dog alone in the car, there are some other tips that can make car travel less challenging.

– Take regular rest stops so your dog can relieve himself.
– On long trips, avoid motion sickness by feeding your dog a few small meals during the trip.  Similarly, for short trips try to avoid feeding your dog a big meal before you get into the car.
– If your dog has a lot of anxiety about car rides, try introducing him to the idea more gradually by taking warm-up rides.
– Don’t let your dog stick his head out the window.  You should leave the window down slightly so he can get fresh air, but putting his head out the window can be very dangerous.
– Never let your dog ride in the back of an uncovered pickup truck.  He might jump out.
– Likewise, leashing your dog in a vehicle may be dangerous because the leash can be a strangle hazard in an accident.  Try a car harness instead.
– Finally, make sure you have sufficient food and water for your trip as well as some other emergency items like a blanket and medications.

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