Going on a car trip with your dog should be a very enjoyable experience. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel with a trusted companion?
Unfortunately, not all dogs are comfortable with riding in cars. Some canines get very anxious and downright uncomfortable when they are forced to spend any amount of time inside a car.
None of us want to see our beloved pets experiencing something unpleasant, but then again, car rides are unavoidable sometimes.
That’s why we want to help you better understand why some dogs tend to feel uncomfortable inside cars. In a next week’s article, we will discuss the dog training tips you can employ to ease your pet’s car-related fears.
For now, let’s focus on what causes them to be anxious and uncomfortable in the first place.
Traumatic Experiences Related to Cars
You shouldn’t run into this issue if you’ve been watching over your dog ever since he/she was a puppy. Things are different for adopted and shelter dogs though.
A previous owner may have had not treated your dog very kindly during car rides. Dogs don’t forget those bad experiences very quickly and it’s not a surprise if they linger.
The Spruce Pets also notes that dogs can become afraid of car rides if they only went on those whenever they were taken to locations they disliked such as the shelter.
Fear of the Car
We tend to fear what we don’t know and the same holds true for our dogs.
Add that to the fact that cars can be strange, loud machines that smell weird and you can kind of understand how something like that can scare your dog.
To us, the car is just another common element of everyday life. For dogs, they are unlike anything they’ve seen before.
A Case of Motion Sickness
It’s not just people who can suffer from motion sickness. Dogs can have that kind of problem too.
You can’t just ask your dog how he/she is feeling while in the car though. That means you will need to keep an eye out for the symptoms of motion sickness.
According to Rover, some of the symptoms of a dog experiencing motion sickness include excessive drooling, whining, and yawning.
Dogs can experience discomfort while riding in cars for a variety of reasons. If you want to help your pet overcome those issues, you need to start with recognizing the issues.
We at TAILored Pet Services can help with preparing your dogs for upcoming car trips. You can also ask us to keep your dog company as you get other things in order. If you want to learn more about the services we provide, please give us a call at 425-923-7791 or browse our website.