How to Keep Your Dog Happy in the Car

by Justin on October 31, 2017

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Taking a long drive with a pet can be an exhausting experience. For many dogs, road-trips can be an anxiety-ridden, uncomfortable experience. Trying to keep your dog calm, still and from using the bathroom is already hard enough while trying to maintain your attention on the road. Still, whether you are taking your pooch to the vet, or moving across the country, bringing your dog with you in your car is an unavoidable situation you will find yourself in. With that in mind let’s take a look at how you can make the experience as comfortable as possible for both you and your dog.


The absolute number one thing that should be on your mind when you bring your dog, or any pet for that matter, into your vehicle is their safety. Accidents happen and you don’t want to run the risk of having your furry friend injuring themselves. For many owners, ensuring your dog is safe and secure can remove some of the anxiety they might feel in bringing their dog on the road, and the less anxiety the better. The more you feel anxious the more the dog will which can lead to it growing restless and uncomfortable. Depending on the size of your dog you might want to invest in a traveling crate or dog seat. Many products available are CPS certified and have been put through rigorous testing to ensure their reliability in the event of a collision.

Another major factor in keeping your dog safe while in the vehicle is not leaving the dog alone or unattended to. Hot and cold weather can affect your dog quickly and harmfully if left alone in a car without proper ventilation. You should never leave your dog alone if temperatures go above 80 degrees or below freezing. Cars can heat up and cool down beyond the temperatures outside quickly, and without relief dogs can be subject to serious harm and even death. Ensuring the safety of your dog is the most important part of bringing him or her on the road with you.

Providing Comfort

The other large part keeping your dog happy on the road is providing them with enough amenities so they don’t feel anxious or uncomfortable and begin to act out. There is no way around the fact that a long road-trip can put undue stress on your dog, but there are simple easy ways to help them out. It is recommended that for every two and a half to three hours of driving you stop for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow your dog a chance to stretch their legs. It also gives your dog a chance to use the bathroom if needed. Dogs have ample energy to burn and so letting them run around for a little will go a long way towards keeping them calm. Also think about bringing your dog’s familiar items with you on the trip. If they have a favorite toy or snack it could give them the extra bit of comfort they desire. Keep some regular food and water handy as well, in case your dog needs more than a quick bite or gets thirsty.

Hit the Road

If you follow these steps and advice you and your pooch should have a safe and comfortable trip. Pay attention to your dog, and if something seems off, take the time to figure out what is wrong. It should make an enjoyable trip for the both of you. Safe travels!

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