Does your dog get anxiety in the car?

March 15, 2019 2 min read

For dogs that aren’t used to riding in a car, the motion and vibrations can cause them to be fearful of traveling. Car anxiety is a fairly common condition in canines, and it can lead to a stressful day. Not all dogs are comfortable riding in cars, and some may need a little extra prep before going on rides. Dogs who suffer from car anxiety may whine and resist entering the vehicle and once inside they may vomit, shake, bark, or drool out of stress. Your dog might be anxious during the ride because they’re nauseous. Motion sickness can happen in dogs just the same as humans.

Signs of car sickness:

1. Yawning 2. Excessive Yawning 3. Lip smacking 4. Whining 5. Attempting to escape 6. Urinating or soiling To help them get used to the car, always lure your dog into the car, never force. Use a reward like a favorite toy or treat. Don’t drive anywhere at first, just practice getting in the car with an exciting reward. Before you travel long distances, be sure your dog has plenty of other happy car memories. Start with short drives around the block, or places where fun things happen like the park or the pet store. Associating the car with positive experiences is an important goal to have.

Ways to keep your dog calm in the car:

1. Exercise before rides 2. Bring a favorite toy 3. Bring a familiar blanket 4. Keep the car comfortable 5. Talk to your vet about pheromones 6. Try lavender oil 7. Take plenty of breaks -Some dogs may feel in a crate; a familiar place sometimes is better. The Benefab® Therapeutic Comfort Shirt can help those pups that have car anxiety. It provides supportive compression for anxiety and comfort, but ALSO promote blood circulation, which aids in reducing pain and stiffness—a DOUBLE WIN. Not only can anxious, aggressive, and excited dogs benefit from this product, but also elderly, athletic, and injured dogs.


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