Training your dog to travel

Has your dog ever caused a fuss on the move?

A huge number of canines never adapt to traveling in cars, trains or buses. There are various circumstances and reasons that lead to such fears and anxieties but often it relates to incorrect puppy training.

It is crucial to take your dog in the car from the outset. Puppies are naturally more inquisitive so will be more willing to accept the change. It is useful to take a blanket for the dog that smells of home for a little extra comfort and even offer treats or distractions for them if they show signs of distress.

Eventually it will become second nature and many dogs will instantly take to travelling, watching out the windows and getting excited by familiar sights.

Dogs quickly associate getting in the car with the eventual venue. So make initial journeys happy evens for them and they will keen to get on board. Avoid taking your dog to the vets in the car initially or they will develop an unwanted fearful association.

Using the correct equipment

There are a number of models on the market to secure your dog legally and safely in the car. Most items are simple harnesses that cannot to rear seatbelts with ease and offer flexibility to allow the dog to move freely around the seat.
No dog can realistically go their whole life without travelling so don’t bypass any opportunity to take them on a journey.

The same skills should be applied that are used when introducing the puppy to any new activity. Enforce the basic comments to ensure control and avoid easy distraction. It is also wise to take the dog for a walk before driving and ensuring they have been to toilet to prevent any unwanted accidents.

Finally, pet owners should also be aware of the legal requirements of taking a dog in the car. Do not allow them to sit on a passenger’s knee in the front seats and ensure they are secured with the relevant dog equipment in the event of an accident.

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