Monthly Behaviour Tip
Travelling with your dog
The upcoming holiday season is usually a time to spend with family or go on a much awaited holiday or camping trip. It may be an opportunity to get some jobs done at home, like the pets’ annual check-ups. Often these activities require travelling your dog…
Whether travelling with your dog to the vet clinic, the groomers, the dog park, your holiday destination, family or friend’s place, or the boarding kennels; a lot of dogs display signs of stress related and sickness behaviours in the car. Such as agitation, panting, salivating excessively, trembling, vomiting, barking, whining, urinating/soiling, attempting to escape etc. Reducing your dog’s stress levels will, in most cases, help to reduce the symptoms of travel anxiety and sickness too.
A dog pheromone spray, which mimics the odour of a nursing mother dog and relax even adult dogs, can help to reduce anxiety during travel. Playing relaxation music can also help to relax your dog. Keeping the temperature inside the car cool, lowering the windows for fresh air and limiting food for a few hours before the trip can help to reduce nausea, and in-turn reducing stress. Exercising your dog about 20 minutes before your drive can help to exhaust your dog and reduce stress also.
Taking your dog on frequent, short car trips to enjoyable places, like the dog park or a nice walk, and making trips to the vet and groomer less frequent, can help him/her associate the car to going to pleasant places and reducing stress for future trips. In severe situations, work with a trainer to desensitise your dog to car rides.
Whatever you have planned for the upcoming holiday season, enjoy and involve your dog. Often the more your dog is exposed to car rides the less stressed they will be about the whole experience. Making travelling your dog much easier for you and more enjoyable for them.
Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Hancock is qualified in animal behaviour with her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She has lots of great tips and ideas when it comes to misbehaving pets. Keep an eye out for her monthly tips on our Facebook page. Also check out her own business Facebook page - Positive Paws.
Archived previous tips:
October 2020 blog article - Urine Marking
September 2020 blog article - Puppy Training
August 2020 blog article - Time to talk about teeth for Dental Month
July 2020 blog article - Dog Dementia
June 2020 blog article - Diet
February 2020 blog article - Heart Disease
January 2020 blog article - Summer parasites
December 2019 blog article - Christmas and NYE Festivities
November 2019 blog article - Parasite Control
October 2019 blog article - Toilet training
September 2019 blog article - Skin & allergies
August 2019 blog article - Lets talk muzzles
July 2019 blog article - How diet and obesity affects behaviour
June 2019 blog article - Teaching old dogs new tricks
May 2019 blog article - Arthritis
April 2019 blog article - Behaviour
March 2019 blog article – Behaviour
February 2019 blog article – Separation anxiety
January 2019 blog article – Summer Survival / Ears
December 2018 blog article – Christmas and holiday safety
November 2018 blog article - Vaccinations & Parasite Control
October 2018 blog article - Cat behaviour
September 2018 blog article - Skin & allergies
August 2018 blog article - Dental Month
July 2018 blog article - Cat Obesity
June 2018 blog article - Winter time
May 2018 - Senior Pets / Eye Care
April 2018 - Endocrine Disease
March 2018 blog article - Easter camping
February 2018 blog article - Heart health