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Pet Tips for Road Tripping

Traveling with Your Dog

A dog driving a car

With December come holiday road trips. If you’re like most people, odds are you want to bring your furry friends along with you if at all possible. Do you know how to prepare your pet for a long ride in the car? Let Animal Behavior College help.

ABC’s dog obedience, pet grooming, and vet assistant training staff has assembled the best tips to help you navigate to your destination with minimum hassle, confusion, and backseat barf.

Know Your Commands

Training your dog is the first step to a successful road trip. A professional dog trainer can teach you the basic commands so you can train your dog to sit still and not jump. Dogs that have been formally trained are easier to travel with, especially in new cities.

Desensitize Your Dog

Part of training your dog is desensitizing the car experience for him. Prior to the road trip, you want to gradually introduce your dog to the car riding process. From walking toward the vehicle to sitting in the backseat, you want to praise and reward your dog for every mini victory. The more time your dog spends in the car, the less he’ll feel intimidated when the time for the road trip comes.

Invest in a “Roadie”

After training, you want to invest in a safety system. Your dog is a passenger and, accordingly, should be kept in place with a seatbelt. “Roadies” are canine vehicle restraint systems that serve as harnesses. They come in various sizes for dogs of different weights. While your dog may not enjoy being fastened down, at least you can have peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s safety.

Create a Stable Environment

On the day of your road trip, make sure to pack over-the-counter medication in case your dog suffers from motion sickness. Feed your dog a few hours before he gets into the vehicle. During the car ride, have the air conditioner on or windows down to keep the vehicle well ventilated.

Traveling with your dog can be a nightmare, but, by following these steps, you can make it to your destination with ease.

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