Dogs love car rides

The majority of the dogs out there wouldn’t skip a good car ride if they had their say. I’m quite sure anytime you got in the car they would happily and eagerly go with you. Unfortunately many dogs stay home when they could go for a good ride because they lack riding and traveling manners. It’s not exactly easy to train your dog while operating a motor vehicle (especially in heavy traffic or inclement weather).

The problem with un-restrained (un-trained) dogs in cars

in the car that the curious dog

It’s simply dangerous. If your dog decides to hop into your lap while driving, start barking hysterically or even knock your gear shifter into the wrong gear and easily loose control and crash. And even if you tried to stop your bouncing bunny dog from treating your car like an inflatable bounce-house, it’s next to impossible while in heavy traffic and definitely not the time or place to have a rebellious dog. 

The longer the travels the more time needed to unravel your dog’s tangled web of undesirable behaviors

The longer your journey with your dog, the longer you need to prepare them. Many people believe their dog will just magically be the world’s greatest travel companion. The sad truth is without the proper plan, you are planning to fail. Yes, some dogs will be good at travels without much effort. But, for others it’s imperative you start conditioning your dog to what they will experience during their journey with you beforehand. In some cases, long beforehand. 

Are dog seatbelts a good idea?

Dog Seat Belt on white background

Although they can definitely help keep your dog from roaming all over your vehicle, they aren’t rated as safe as crates for collisions. With that being said, seatbelts are much safer than no restraints at all. Proper training can help your dog learn manners in your vehicle, but manners won’t protect them during a collision. Although, great doggy manners can help avoid a potential collision in the first place.

What if my dog refuses to go in the car with me?

You’re not alone. If your dog absolutely refuses to get in your vehicle take it slow. You’ll need a lot of patience, love and repetition to help them get over their fears. The best place to star is having them get as close to the car as possible without a negative reaction. Then feed them their meal from that location . Each day try to get them closer and closer to the car without a negative experience. Once your dog is close enough to the door, set their meal on the floor or seat where they can easily access it. From this point, each day move the food further and further into the vehicle, making your dog working harder and harder to get their meal. Before long your dog will eagerly get into your vehicle with no problem at all. Take your time. I can’t stress this enough. 

Long Distance Dog Traveling Ideas

If you are going to be traveling long distance with your dog it’s important to know this bit of science. What goes up must come down. Now in the dog world that translates into, “what goes in has to come out”. So if you’re planning on feeding and watering your dog a bunch before boarding a plan, I would cancel those plans immediately. Plan your dog’s food and water intake as well as pit-stops appropriately.

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