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January 17, 2009

Dog Car Sickness and Driving Safety Tips

Here are some great tips to help your dog cruise away from car sickness and keep your upholstery clean, plus a great YouTube video featuring products to keep your dogs safe when traveling by car.

Ap_pet_safety_volvo_XC90_barrier_dog 1. Get that Feeling.
All children played at least once in their life of a make believe game. So why should young puppies be denied of this make believe experience. Take your pup to the stationary car. Let him sniff and investigate the surrounding for a couple attempts. Then try with the engine so he’s familiar of a car engine sound. Reward each successful attempt.

2. Practice Mini Trips.
Before embarking on a vacation with your dog, it is always wise to get him used to moving vehicles. Start by driving him around a block or two. Reward him each time he managed to stay calm after the short ride. Gradually prolong the ride. If a blaring siren passes by and he remains calm, reward him immediately with a tiny food treat and praises.


3. Pleasant Destination.
Avoid his first “bon voyage” to veterinary clinics. Certainly do not make going to the vet the only time your dog rides in the car. Make more pleasant rides to places like parks and beaches. Set him up for fun moments not despair and sickly environment.

4. Empty Stomach.
Do not go for a joy ride after a heavy meal. And if you are embarking a long road trip, do not feed your dog six hours prior to it. However, do give him water as it won’t upset his stomach as much as food does.

Eating small 5. Quarter-filled Stomach.
While many dogs travel best with empty stomach, others respond better after eating a light meal -- especially dogs that have one meal per day.

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