Selection of Accessories to
help your pet dog lead that luxurious lifestyle.
There are various items of equipment & accessories
that will be needed for any dog plus many extra items that could
be considered. We
have assembled a wide range of dog supplies and accessories to
make your dog feel comfortable and safe in his environment.
Owners guide to car travel
dogs do not enjoy travelling by car, it is an experience
they find frightening and stressful. You can avoid any
potential nightmares and make your car journeys, whether
long or short, as pleasurable and free from stress and
anxiety possible with the application of some simple
foresight and planning.
pet dog should be home trained before you think about
taking car journeys with him, able to recognise his
own space for sleeping and obey your basic commands,
this can make it easier for him to transfer his familiar
home experiences to this new “car environment”.
at introducing your dog (puppy or adult) to the new
idea of car travel should be taken slowly, you should
start with a basic introduction to his new travel area,
ideally the back seat or behind that if convenient and
open. Try placing some familiar possessions here to
make him feel at home. Initially don’t start the
engine and leave a door open while you pet and talk
to him. When you think he seems comfortable being in
the car you can start taking him for some short rides,
try going to places he might be familiar with and likes,
however it is essential to vary the journeys you take,
don’t just use the car to visit the park or your
vet, dogs will learn by association and if they associate
a car journey with just pleasurable or stressful visits
they may get over-excited or become anxious and stressed
on any subsequent journeys........ read
soon as you feel your dog is at ease with these short journeys
and likes the idea of getting into “his favourite spot”
in your car he will be ready for longer journeys, which will require
some advance planning.
taking longer journeys it is better if your dog is made secure
whilst travelling, try using a harness, doggy seat belt, carrier
or crate (if your car is big enough), all are readily available
to buy. One of these methods will help restrain any bored dog
who might want to move around too much.
of his familiar blankets to make him feel comfortable is also
a good idea and can encourage sleep. Take some toys, both old
favourites and even a few new ones.
journey should be planned to allow time for comfort stops, all
dogs will need to stretch their legs with a short walk, get some
fresh air and take toilet breaks.
should carry plenty of liquids and food for your dog and try not
to feed him for a few hours before you leave also try to feed
only small amounts of food when on the journey.
is essential your dog has sufficient ventilation, even if your
car has air conditioning try to leave a nearby window open slightly,
but must not be wide enough for him to get his head out which
is both dangerous for the driver and the dog.
any stops you make, where you take your dog out of the car ensure
he is put on a secure lead before allowing him outside.
thing to consider is consulting your vet before undertaking your
first long journey, vets are usually happy to offer advice and
even supply any suitable medication that could alleviate stress,
anxiety and possible car motion sickness.
dog breeds will be happier travelling in cars than others, choosing
the right dog breed could save you, the owner, a lot of stress
these suggestions will hopefully make your journey stress free
and you can realise the pleasure of a car journey with a happy
and contented dog; no one constantly asking questions, telling
you the best route to take, commenting on your driving or asking
how much longer will it be?
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