I recently did a segment on Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” where I discussed some simple ways to help keep your dog (and yourself) sane while taking a road trip!
Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the years with both my own and my many rescues/transports!
1-Not every dog likes to be in a car (some signs of distress include heavy panting, restlessness, whimpering, potty accidents, lots of lip licking)
2-Some dogs (like humans) get motion sickness (always keep a towel or pee pee pad close by in case of emergencies and take short breaks if you’re on a longer ride!)
**I learned this the hard way!
3-Dog harnesses and or/car barriers are EXTREMELY helpful and very important when it comes to safety!
Other helpful hints:
-Bring larger toys that won’t roll under the seat. I love ones with braided loops because you can insert the seat belt buckle inside and click in place. This secures the toy so it can’t leave the seat!
-Practice “Doggy Driving Drills” by taking your dog on short drives around the block PRIOR to a road trip. Many dogs don’t go into a car unless it’s to go to the vet or groomer, so they don’t associate car rides with a fun experience. Practice these short drills at least once a day and reward your dog with treats when they get in the car!
-Place dogs in the back seat because airbags can be very damaging (especially for small dogs) and don’t let your dog hang their head out the window. I know it’s tempting because they love it so much and it’s cute to see their smushy face in the breeze, but flying debris can irritate their eyes and there’s always a chance they may fall out!