When travelling, canines need access to water and ventilation, and depending on the duration of the trip, they may also require food. During the course of the trip, there should be many opportunities for the dog to stretch its legs and relieve itself. The easiest way to get a dog used to travelling in a vehicle is to start while they are still young. In the beginning, it’s a good idea to sit down with your dog so that you can comfort it, hold it firmly, and keep it quiet.
Some dogs are more prone to being ill from motion sickness than others, but the good news is that many of them outgrow the condition. It is possible to get travel sickness medicines for dogs that are acceptable with the assistance of a veterinarian; however, the human versions are not suggested at all due to the fact that the dog’s equilibrium and digestive systems are different from ours.
Once again, spending time with the dog might be beneficial. It has been shown that some dogs travel better in cages than in cars, presumably because the cage is similar to the environment of a den. However, the cage must be big enough for the dog to be able to stretch out and move about in it. Dogs who continue to experience motion sickness may find relief from their condition if a thin cloth is draped over their cage. Taking the dog for a ride in the vehicle so soon after it has been fed is clearly not something that should be suggested.
Although I have seen pet seatbelts recommended, personally I don’t think they are a very sensible idea. Every dog I have had has been fairly calm in the car, in some cases after a few journeys with someone sat with the dog in the back seat. After that, the dogs got used to sitting or lying down without any issues. If there is going to be a problem with your dog moving around the car, then it should either be:
- in a large enough cage for travelling
- partitioned off in some other way, or
- not taken in the car at all
Some dogs can become territorial about the car, barking at anything that moves outside. Some owners install blinds in the car windows, but the best solution in practice is to make a habit of sitting with the dog and bring it under control by making it clear that this is poor behavior. Eventually, this spell will usually pass, though it may take time with severe cases.
Most pet owners know that animals should not be left in a vehicle with no ventilation, especially in sunlight.