Dog Car Training: 9 Tips To Calm Your Dog In Traveling Car

It’s not easy to keep your fluffy friend calm in a traveling car, some dogs have a big fear of transport and still others suffer from travel sickness. Whether it’s the first time you take a nervous dog on a short trip, or you need to take your dog on a long road trip, there are steps you can take to make your dog’s trip easier and the experience more pleasurable for both of you. It’s worth taking the time to train your puppy to love the car. Read on for some tricks and tips to help with making your dog’s journey.

1. Place a familiar bed or blanket in the car
Put a familiar smelling blanket, bed, or piece of clothing in the car, this will help your dog relax in the new environment. It should be used by the dog regularly, so its smells will be familiar to the dog.

2. Get your dog used to a stationary car
Start with the car parked and with the engine off. Open a door and encourage your dog to jump into the stationary car. Give your dog some positive attentions, for example an extra tasty treat, or your dog’s favorite toys. You could feed your dog meals in the stationary car, and then let the dog come out and do something pleasure, just like take the pup for a walk.

3. Talk to your dog to reassure it
Talk to your dog calmly and tell it how good it is being, do not show panic or annoyance if it is doing something you don’t want it to do.

3. Secured within the car
The law states that dogs must be under control and secured in any car. You could use a harness that attaches to a seat belt, a crate, or a dog guard. Work out what works best for your pup, we suggest trying a travel pod for small dogs, harness for medium dogs, and crate for large dogs.
Many dog harnesses are designed to double up as a seat belt harness. You can start walking your dog with the harness so that he is accustomed to the feel of it. If your dog doesn’t mind the feel of the harness, he should more easily accept being attached to the seat belt.
You could let your dog trying crates or carriers in the house, if he gets used to resting in them, he will like it. Don’t lock your dog into a crate, it is not a prison. If the dog feels happy in his crate, your journey will run all the more smoothly.
If you are using a dog guard, put a blanket or bed in the back so that your dog feels comfortable. Ensure that the guard is fitted properly and will not collapse if your dog pushes against it.

4. Prevent car sickness
Some dogs suffer from motion sickness, so you need to prepare some travel sickness pills or a calming scent before any journey. Both can be purchased at pet shops or at vets. Human anti-motion sickness medications are not approved for use in dogs. The best medication for motion sickness is a prescription drug called Cerenia, which is available as an injection or tablet.
The most obvious sign of motion sickness is heavy drooling. Strings of saliva hanging from the dog’s lips is a sure sign of motion sickness. All dogs react differently but some hang their heads and look troubled, others may try to pace, and some will whimper.
Don’t over heat the car or smoke during the journey, consider using pheromones in the car, such as an Adaptil collar on the dog. This gives off hormones that reassure the dog and reduce anxiety, and may well help with his distress at being in a vehicle.

5. Check your supplies for the journey
Take a bag of supplies with you, it should include treats for rewards, drugs for motion sickness, a good strong leash, fresh cool water and a bowl to drink from, a toy or two, and plenty of cleaning up materials, such as cloths, spray cleaner, poop baggies etc.

6. Start with short journeys
Now you can start by making very short journeys. Praise your dog during the ride if he is being quiet. If he shows signs of anxiety, speak to him in a reassuring voice. At the end of the car journey, give your dog a treat or take him for a run.
Initially, starting the engine, letting it run, then turning it off. Then try backing out of the driveway, and straight back in.
Watch your dog for signs of distress or nausea. If this happens, stop the car, take the dog out and let it walk around for a bit to give it relief. Complete the journey and next time don’t go so far.

7. Avoid giving your dog too much food
A good compromise is to feed the dog 3-4 hours prior to travel. If your trip is short, you can wait to feed your dog when you get to your destination. Your dog may feel sick even if its stomach is very empty, so do not have him too hungry.

8. Be aware of your dog whilst travelling
Stay aware of your dog, a dog who is thirsty, too hot or desperately needs the loo on a journey will start associating the car with bad things. If your dog becomes overexcited, back up a little or drive straight back home until he approaches car journeys calmly. If your dog barks in the car, take him out for a walk or run so that he is more likely to doze during the car journey.

9. Give your dog enough opportunity for breaks
Have a look at your route and plan in some stops to allow your dog to stretch his legs, have a drink and a toilet break. Try to stop every hour, if the journey is over 4 hours long, give your dog a good walk of twenty minutes or more.

Dog Behavior Revealed: Why Are Your Dogs Grunting?

Grunting is especially prevalent in young puppies in the midst of naps or meals. It may be not easy to interpret why your dogs are making that low-toned grunt. In most cases, this peculiar noise is just part of his personality. Grunting could also be a sign that he’s in pain. If your dog’s grunting ever seems unusual or excessive, you’ll have to take your pooch in for a checkup.

1. Expressing a comfortable state of relief and joy
In the most cases, your dogs grunt when they are really satisfied, especially when they are laying down after a stressful and busy active day, or when you rub his ears or jowls in a certain way. They may let out a grunt as he relaxes and stretches his muscles. By grunting, he’s reveling in a current feeling of utter calmness and serenity.

2. Giving you a hello in canine style
If your reclining dog grunts as you approach, the pup may be giving you a friendly hello, it’s a sign of politesse of the canine style.

3. Getting your attention
Maybe your dog wants to go outside or wants you to wipe her face. Sometimes they don’t feel well and could have an upset tummy, the grunt may be followed by some panting.

4. Having a nightmare and be spooked
If your dog grunts in his sleep, it could be an indication of a frightening dream. Or maybe his hearing is declining and he heard an odd noise as he was trying to relax.

5. Something is seriously wrong with your canine’s health
Respiratory issues can make it difficult for your dog to breath, particularly while he’s curled up in a ball. Grunting could also be a sign that he’s in serious pain of intense abdominal aching. If your dog’s grunting ever seems unusual or excessive, get him to the veterinarian immediately to make sure that it isn’t health-related.

15 Photos That Prove Dogs Can Sleep Anywhere

Dogs know how to sleep. The time they spent on sleeping varies from dog to dog and depends on the dog’s breed, age and personality. Most dogs sleep about fourteen hours a day, puppies need plenty of rest for their development. Some very large breeds of dogs, like Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs, often spend a great deal of their lives sleeping.

Pups can sleep anywhere, any place, and any time. If you have ever had a pup before, you should know that they are able to nap almost almost everywhere and in every position. They may sleep in your couch, in their bowls, in your shoes, on your desktop or even keyboard, sometimes in the door handle of your car. Let’s check out the below funny photos and learn the extraordinary sleeping skills of your canines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not Feed Your Dogs With Any Of These Dangerous Food

One of the very important thing to keep your canines healthy is to feed them with healthy and safe food. Some dog parents may like to share human food with dogs, but that’s dangerous. Some food are not safe for your dogs, for example ice cream, almonds, and chocolate, if your dogs eat such food they may be in tough conditions. So we pulled together a list of human food that are dangerous for canine tummies, and you have to keep these food away from your dogs.

  • Alcohol
  • Almonds
  • Apple Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Bones
  • Bread dough
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Raw Eggs
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Ice
  • Liver
  • Milk, ice cream, or dairy products
  • Moldy
  • Mushrooms or mushroom plants
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Pits from peaches, plums, cherries and apricots
  • Potato leaves, stems and green skins
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt
  • Tobacco and nicotine products
  • Tomato plants, leaves, or stems
  • Xylitol

These Human Food Are Approved For Your Canines

Dogs are our best companions, and we have a lot of to share with them, for example delicious food. But you have to be careful with people food, some of them are dangerous to dogs, if you feed them those food it may cause serious results. Generally the safe dog food should be fresh, natural, healthy, and has no sharp bones. Here comes a list of safe human food for our fur friends.

  • Apples with no seeds
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots with no pits
  • Natural Baby food
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Bouillon
  • Bran cereal
  • Bread without raisins or nuts
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cheerios
  • Cheese
  • Cheese Wiz
  • Chicken with no bones or skin
  • Chicken broth
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Croutons
  • Cooked Eggs
  • Flax seed
  • Ginger
  • Green beans
  • Honey
  • Melons
  • Mint
  • Nectarines with no pits
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange slices with no rinds
  • Organ meats
  • Parsley
  • Pasta noodles
  • Peaches
  • Peanut butter
  • Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Popcorn
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Cooked Rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Squash
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Yogurt