Sedating cats car trips
Go to fun places – dog parks, play dates with your friend’s dogs, to the pet store, or whatever else you think will be fun for your pet.
Do these regularly and gradually increase the distance you go.
(Tip: you can keep going back to the same place, just take a different and progressively longer route.) There are certain products and tricks you can use to try and calm your dog in the car.
It’s difficult to predict which of these will work for a particular dog, so I recommend trying each of them until you find what works for yours. J explains the dangers of unrestrained pets in this Pet Travel Safety Tip: The best restraint for you will depend on the size of your dog; their comfort level with the restraint; and the type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.
A trainer can provide support and encouragement while you build up the patience required for counterconditioning behavior modification.
Weather Warning: Do not do these exercises on hot or extremely cold days, and always stay with your dog.
Other dogs become anxious in the car because of previous bad experiences in the car, such as being left alone or a scary event such as a car accident.
Good news is that if you start young, you can prevent your dog from ever developing negative associations (and the resulting stressful state of mind) with the car using a process called desensitization.
In these instances you’re going to have to consult with your veterinarian for specifics.Just as with less expensive car travel harnesses for dogs, these can definitely help you reduce the likelihood of a crash (by preventing your dog from climbing on your lap or down by your feet), but be aware that many of these cheaper carriers and harnesses haven't been properly crash tested and may not hold up as well in the event of a crash or sudden stop.