Dog Car Anxiety | The Best Tip for Easing your Anxious Pup

June 11, 2018

Dog Car Anxiety | The Best Tip for Easing your Anxious Pup

Your dog can have anxiety just like anybody else. Luckily, I have some tips and tricks to keep your pup cool, calm and collected.

What causes anxiety in dogs? Well, there are many things, just like with people, but I am going to cover one of the more common causes.

Dog Car Anxiety

Dog car anxiety is something that many dog owners deal with. Do you have a pet that loves parks but hates getting there? It is more common than you may think.

Dogs may become fearful of the car for several reasons. Some dogs do not have any experience riding in a car and this causes them to stress. Some dogs associate the car with stressful things like the vet or groomer. Some dogs may have been in the car during an accident or hard stop and were thrown or bruised. Events like these can cause your dog to react erratically while in the car.

Some signs that your dog is having anxiety while riding in the car are panting, drooling, pacing, shaking, vomiting even urination. If your pet exhibits any of these behaviors while in the car your pet may have travel anxiety.

So, how can we help these anxious pups?

Creating a safe, comfortable and familiar space in the car can help alleviate some of these symptoms. A dog car seat is a great option to create this kind of space.  A dog car seat is a dog safety product that will restrain and secure your pet to one area in your vehicle.  

Many dog car seats are made with plush materials and come with pillows. They feel like a dog bed.  This is one of the first ways to attract your pet to the dog car seat. If you keep the dog car seat in your house for a month or so your pet can get used to laying on it. The transition to the car will be much easier. Once the dog sees and smells their bed/car seat in the back seat of your vehicle they will remember that space as something that is familiar and comfortable.

Dog car seats can be made to sit your dog higher in the car. This allows them to see what is happening around them. They are many times referred to as a dog booster seat. Seeing the outside surroundings may give your pet a sense of calm.

If you do not travel often with your pet, they may become fearful of the car. The more trips you take with your pet the more at as ease they will become. Dogs like routine. So, create your own routine with your dog every time you get in the car with them.  When I take my dogs for a ride, I always start by putting on their harness then strapping them into their dog car seat.

Using these tips when you travel will keep your pup worry free!