5 Smart Tips To Prevent And Deal With Travel Anxiety In Dogs

  • 25/04/2020

It’s a nice feeling if you can take your dog with you on your next travel. But, what if your pet is not as excited as you are?

Here are some tips on how you can help your dog conquer its travel anxiety:

1. Train your pup early

To prevent travel anxiety, take your pet with you on a drive while it is still a puppy. You can begin by turning on the car engine (without driving yet) so your puppy will get used to the sound of the car motor.

If your pup gets anxious (e.g.shaking and defecation), do not panic. Calmly talk to your pet, pat its back or offer a dog treat.

Once your pooch gets used to being inside a car, you can go on a short trip around the neighborhood. If your pooch does not show any signs of anxiety, gradually increase your travel time until your dog associates car rides with fun.

2.  Use a travel crate

Before you hit the road, allow your dog to have a positive feeling with the travel crate. Create a conducive crate ambiance by placing dog treats, fave toys, and maybe place a soft blanket. Getting used to the crate won’t happen overnight. Be patient with the process until your pooch finds it exciting to go inside its travel crate for a safer and more comfortable trip.

3.  Potty Breaks

Though it may take a bit longer for you and your buddy to reach your destination, having potty breaks would ease up the anxiety of your dog.

Unlike you, your buddy is not used to being confined in a moving vehicle for long hours. So, taking some short breaks in between, like 15 to 30 minutes is good for your dog’s travel anxiety.

4.  Regular car trips

Let your dog get accustomed to car rides by doing it as often as you can. Do not just take your dog with you on a car ride if the destination is the Vet clinic. There simply is no positive association there. What you want is for your pooch to associate travel with something pleasant like a trip to a park.

By tagging your dog on regular car trips, longer road travel won’t be as stressful as you think it would be.

5.  Give anxiety meds

In extreme cases, no matter how much you try, your dog may still exhibit travel anxiety symptoms. You may want to consider giving your dog anxiety meds. The Vet should know which type of meds suit your dog’s needs. Some meds come with a prescription while some travel anxiety pills/chews are non-sedative and can be given safely without a Vet’s prescription.


There are so many places that you and your canine buddy can go to. The only thing that may stop you from taking her/him is its travel anxiety. But if you consider the 5 smart tips we shared with you, your dog will surely wag its tail with excitement in your upcoming trip.

Author's Bio:

Jaden is an author of mypetience.com, a pet blog sharing knowledge about taking care of a pet. He has more than five years of experience in raising small animals like dogs, cats, hamsters, and freshwater fish. What he always focusing on is offering valuable and useful information to pet enthusiasts.

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