Many dogs, Collins says, only feel comfortable eliminating at home, so it's also essential to train your dog to go to the bathroom in unfamiliar places."The poor dog could be near exploding because it doesn't feel right to go elsewhere," she says. I once had a Labrador who was positively obsessed about getting in the car.If any of the car doors were open, even just a crack, she would bulldoze her way in and sit bolt upright, tongue lolling as if to say, “right, where we going?! But, there are many dogs who absolutely hate car journeys and this can pose a number of problems for owners and their pets particularly when they need to travel to veterinary or grooming appointments.If your dog gets in your vehicle only for dreaded trips to the vet, take him somewhere fun, like a park where he can run, Collins says.That way, he'll begin to associate getting in the car with receiving a reward.Travelling pets should be micro-chipped and fitted with a secure collar and name tag.
There are also herbal remedies which may help with motion sickness – peppermint, ginger, fennel and dill are all reputed to help with motion sickness and can be given individually or in combination.
In the event of an accident, an unsecured pet is also at much greater risk of being injured, or causing injury to the driver or passengers.
It is a legal requirement for all animals to be suitably restrained when travelling in a vehicle.
It can be disappointing and frustrating for an owner of a dog that runs and hides every time there is a need for an outing and limits the places that they can get out and about to with their four legged friend.
This Holidays 4 Dogs article will look at a few hints and tips that will help minimise anxieties that some dogs have about travelling in the car.