When driving becomes a problem

In certain situations you have to rely on using the car with your four-legged friend. For example, to go on a trip or just to visit the vet, who is far away, or to visit the dog school. In any case, driving shouldn't become a problem for you and your four-legged friend. Unfortunately, it cannot be taken for granted that the dog will tolerate driving a car with ease.

Even as a puppy, it is important to get the dog used to all everyday situations, including driving a car. If you have taken in an older dog, getting used to driving is also possible, it may just require more time and patience.


Transportation options

Depending on the size of the dog, you have the choice between numerous transport options.

For smaller dogs, for example, you have the choice between a seat belt with matching harness or a basket or box that can be placed on the back seat. Show your dog the different variants, depending on where the dog feels more comfortable, it is best to choose this type of transport.

For larger dogs, for example, you can choose a transport box that is stowed and fastened in the trunk. On the other hand, you have the option of transporting the dog in the trunk, here a partition grille or a dividing net must be attached, which separates the trunk from the rest of the car. Here, too, it makes most sense to test the different variants in order to find the most comfortable mode of transport for the dog. 

In any case, the use of the selected mode of transport with the dog should be practiced in good time. To do this, you split the exercise into smaller ones

Partial exercises so as not to overwhelm the dog. Reward every desired behavior with a treat, clicker, toy or simply with words of praise. Repeat each exercise until the dog can do it without any problems.

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Unfortunately, even if you do your best, it can happen that you cannot get your dog used to driving a car without help. Dogs are often exposed to extreme stress when driving. This usually manifests itself through heavy panting, frequent yawning, drooling, whining or barking. In order to get the dog used to driving, it makes more sense in this case to consult an experienced animal trainer so as not to encourage the dog's misbehavior.


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