Training My Dog For Car Travel

For convenience, we will refer to your dog as “he” rather than “he or she”.


Introduce your dog to motor cars and car travel by letting him become familiar with your car while it is parked at home, preferably out in the open air and not in the garage.  Encourage him to check-out first the outside and then the interior.  Extend this exercise by putting him in his carte, putting the crate into the car for a moment, and then taking it out again and praising him.


With the car still parked, your next move should be to start the engine and keep him in the car for a few minutes at a time, slowly lengthening the stay until he is happy and relaxed in this new environment.


Your first few trips should be short ones, such as a drive around the block.  Do not make his first outing a trip to the Vet!  Also, it is best to ensure that he has not eaten for a period of time before venturing on a car trip.


Next, take short trips to familiar locations.  When you arrive at your destination, such as a park, take him out of the crate and play with him for a while.  Give him a chance to do what all dogs really enjoy doing, which is seeing new sights and smelling new smells.  By doing this he will quickly lean that car trips can be fun adventures.


If you do not use a crate when transporting your dog, use some other form of restraint within the car, especially when you start going on long trips.  Wherever possible position him in such a way that he has a view of the outside world as you travel along.  As his confidence grows he will soon look forward to each trip and gain much fun and enjoyment from each new excursion.


We wish you every training success and years of enjoyment for both you and your dog.