Fear of travelling in the car is a common problem experienced by many puppies/ dogs. The motion of being in a car often causes the puppy to be sick, and sometimes being ill may the negative experience that causes a fear of travelling.
Take small steps to teaching the puppy travelling in the car can be a good experience by using treats and praise for when the puppy is relaxed. Start off in a stationary car, then moving on to a quick 5 minute trip and so on. Doing this is going to be important if you are wanting to take your puppy on road trips, or to have a good experience of going to vet or even just the beach. In your car travel you want to teach your puppy that when they are calm and relaxed they get praise and attention, when they are unsettled they get ignored.
To prevent sickness with car travel, try not feeding or letting your puppy have a drink about an hour, half an hour before travelling. Puppies tend to grow out of car sickness quickly, if you’re having continuous problems contact us for help.
A good restraint can also help with those with anxiety. More importantly for you and your puppy’s safety. Start getting your puppy used from a young age of a restraint, whether it is a travel crate or correctly fitted harness.Please contact our nurses
08 83703500 For Coromandel Valley ( near Blackwood)
08 83238522 For Mclaren Vale (near Seaford and Aldinga)
they will be very happy fitting your dog with a car harness that fits and helps your dog feeling safe and secure.