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How to Get Your Pet Used to Car Trips

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

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!

Do you have any top tips for getting your pet used to car rides? Share them with us in the comments below.

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5 Ways to Deal With Animal Separation Anxiety

posted by The Daily Fluff September 5, 2016 0 comments

Animal separation anxiety can be a real issue for some pet parents. While at first a dog whining at the door can seem a little cute and silly, actions surrounding animal separation anxiety can become quite dangerous and pets desperate to escape for a lunchtime reunion with their mum or dad can really hurt themselves. Some symptoms of animal separation anxiety can include: Excessive whining when owners leave, urination in strange areas and destructive behaviour such as chewing ­as well as the aforementioned escape attempts.

Here at the Daily Fluff we’ve compiled the top five ways to deal with animal separation anxiety. Remember that extreme cases of separation anxiety may require treatment and training from a certified pet behavioural specialist.


For more mild cases of separation anxiety counterconditioning may be effective. Counterconditioning is a method that relies upon associative behaviour. Owners can train their pets to look forward to a normally anxiety-­inducing situation by giving them some sort of treat to look forward to. Food ­based puzzles and toys are perfect for this. Every morning before leaving for work you could try stuffing a food based puzzle toy with a tasty treat to alleviate antisocial behaviour. Your pet will eventually move their attention from your leaving to the treat they will consume and begin to enjoy their alone time.

Leave the TV on:

Leave the TV or radio on. This is another option best for mild separation anxiety. The lull of human voices will comfort and interest your pet, as well as distract them from your departure.

Mix up your pre-departure routine: 

As a pet lover you notice that your pet is aware of certain things about you. One set of such behaviour is known as ‘pre-departure cues’. You may notice that your pet can exhibit signs of anxiety when you start to go through your daily leaving routines. Whether this consists of grabbing your keys, ironing, putting on your shoes, or packing your bag. You can extend your counterconditioning training by alleviating your pet’s idea of the significance of these motions. Pick up your keys, and then sit down and wait for a little while before leaving the house. Other methods include leaving for very short periods and then coming back, gradually moving on to longer out­-of-­home excursions.

Try crate training:

Crate training is another method that may help your pet deal with separation anxiety. When a pet is enclosed in a smaller area they can feel more secure. If you opt to use a crate training method (best for dogs) ensure that you create a ‘safe space’. Fill the crate with lots of toys, treats, etc.

Reward good behaviour:

Treat your pet if they are quiet when you come home: Regardless of the method you use you should reinforce it when you greet your pet upon your return home. If they are calm 
and quiet treat them and show affection. If they come bursting out barking, ignore them in a calm manner until they resume normal behaviour.