How to Help Your Dog Get Over Car Anxiety

Shelley Wenger
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Many people can’t wait to get a dog and take him or her everywhere. They envision going to parks and hiking together. They imagine getting together with their friends and their puppies and letting all the puppies play together.

However, you may find out that your dog isn’t quite comfortable riding in the car. If so, you don’t have to worry. You can work with him or her and may find that before you know it, riding in the car may be something that you can enjoy together. Here are some tips to start.

Start with a parked car that is turned off. You should just start getting your dog in and out of the car. Decide where you want him or her to ride and sit there with your dog. Make it a good experience by giving plenty of pets and treats as your dog sits where you want him or her.

If this is too much, you may just want to play with your dog around your car. Don’t even make a move toward the car. You just want your dog to be fine around the car, before you try putting him or her in it! You may find that you have to do this if your dog is already scared of the car. You don’t want to force him or her into the car. Just work on the comfort of your pet first.

After your dog is good with sitting in the car with you, you may want to get behind the wheel and leave your dog where you want him or her. You should continue to praise your dog and give him or her a few treats to make this a good experience.

If this goes well, you may start the car a few times so that your dog gets used to the sound of the car without worrying about it driving away. Continue praising your dog and giving him or her treats so that he or she doesn’t mind the engine running.

Then, you can take short trips around the block. As time goes on, you can keep taking longer trips until your dog no longer cares that you are going for a ride!

Many dogs do not like the car, which can make life challenging if you want to share your life with your dog. However, even if your dog is petrified of the car, you can work with him or her and make it better. In fact, in a few weeks, you may notice that he or she doesn’t mind the car ride at all!

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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

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