For many dog owners, traveling with their furry friend can be a challenging experience. Dogs can experience travel anxiety and motion sickness, which can make traveling stressful for both the dog and the owner. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce your dog's travel anxiety and sickness. In this blog post, we will explore some of these steps.
- Familiarize Your Dog with the Car
One of the best ways to reduce your dog's travel anxiety is to familiarize them with the car. You can start by allowing your dog to sit in the car without it moving. Gradually increase the amount of time your dog spends in the car until they become comfortable with it. You can also take your dog on short drives around the block to get them used to the sensation of being in a moving vehicle.
- Use a Travel Bed and/or Car Restraint
Our Luxury Travel Bed provides a secure and comfortable space for your dog to relax in during the journey. They come with a built-in car restraint or alternatively we offer shock-absorbing car restraint. Both can prevent your dog from moving around the car and potentially injuring themselves.
- Plan Regular Breaks
Just like humans, dogs need regular breaks during long journeys. Plan to stop every few hours to allow your dog to stretch their legs, have a drink of water, and relieve themselves. This will not only help reduce your dog's anxiety but can also prevent motion sickness.
- Use Calming Products
There are several calming products available that can help reduce your dog's travel anxiety. These products include pheromone sprays, anxiety vests, and calming supplements. It is important to consult with your veterinarian before using any calming products to ensure that they are safe and effective for your dog.
- Feed Your Dog a Light Meal
Feeding your dog a light meal a few hours before travel can help reduce the likelihood of motion sickness. Avoid feeding your dog a heavy meal before travel, as this can make them more susceptible to feeling nauseous.
- Keep the Car Cool and Comfortable
Dogs can become anxious and uncomfortable if the car is too hot or too cold. Make sure the car is at a comfortable temperature and provide your dog with a blanket or bed to rest on. Check out our 2-in-1 Reusable Pee Pad & Cooling Mat, these are perfect for transferring heat from your dog into the mat helping them to cool down quicker.
In conclusion, traveling with a dog can be a challenging experience, but there are steps that you can take to help reduce their travel anxiety and sickness. Familiarize your dog with the car, use a travel bed and car-restraint, plan regular breaks, use calming products, feed your dog a light meal, and keep the car cool and comfortable. By taking these steps, you can make traveling with your furry friend a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. 🚘