Taking trips with your furry friends can be one of the many joys of having pets. Whether it’s taking a trip to the dog beach, the local park, or (cover their eyes) trips to the vet, it’s very important for both you and your fur-child to feel comfortable in the car. However, getting your pet used to car rides can be a difficult process, and might take time. Here are a few things that you can do to make this process easier for the both of you:
A secure ride, is a safe ride:
There’s no doubt that travelling at high speeds can even be scary for us, so we can imagine how it feels for our pets! Making sure that your cat or dog is secure in the car is sure to make them feel more comfortable.
George the French Bulldog loves perching up in his booster seat:
“My booster seat is the best. It’s super comfy with my blanket and I’m secure, which means the windows can be down when we drive! The best.”
Booster seats are a great way to keep smaller dogs secure while allowing them to keep an eye on what’s going on outside their window, which we all know is very important!
Larger dogs can lounge around in hammocks, and it’s safest for kitty cats to hang out in crates.
Comfort toys or blankets:
Bringing their favourite toys, blankets or beds along for the ride is sure to make your furry friend more comfortable in the car. It’s important to do what you can to make the car feel more like home than a never-ending ride to the vet’s office.
Treats can be a great way to keep your pet distracted, as well as being a great form of positive reinforcement! If your pooch loves chewing, give them a bone or dental stick to chew on for the ride. If you’re lucky enough, they might even forget where they are! There are lots of lovely treats available to reward feline friends too! Just be sure not to overfeed your pet while travelling, especially if they are prone to car sickness.
A reward destination:
We would hate car trips too if they always ended at the vet, so shake it up and surprise your pup with a trip to the park or the beach. Swapping out your normal walk for one at a different local park is a great way to get your dog used to car trips. They will be so pleasantly surprised when they realise where they are that they will be jumping into the back seat with ease before you know it.
If the vet is the only place you’ll be taking your pet, then take some toys along with you and play with your pet before you leave the car. At least they’ll be in a great mood before they realise where they are!
Practice makes perfect:
You’re lucky if you’ve got a pooch or cat that is naturally at ease in the car, that’s for sure. For the rest of us, practice makes perfect! Finding a routine that makes your pet comfortable in the car may be time-consuming, but it is definitely worth the hassle!