Hitting the road with your pet this howliday season? You’re not alone, more people than ever are traveling with their best pals with four legs. Watch HERE as I offer handy tips….all beginning with the same way get to Carnegie Hall: Practice, Practice, Practice.
Here’s the way to do it:
- Get the pet acclimated to the carrier….make the carrier a “happy place.”
- Use Adaptil (a pheromone product for dogs) or Feliway (a pheromone product for cats) to help pets feel more comfortable in their own surroundings.
- Leave the carrier out all the time, as if it is a piece of furniture. Periodically drop treats inside it, so it becomes an automatic treat dispenser.
- Begin to carry the pet around the house in the carrier. After the “house tour,” feed the pet so there’s a positive association with being carried about inside the carrier. The pet will associate the meal with the carrier ride, however brief.
- As a training tool, use Solliquin (a natural product that reduces stress/anxiety) for all pets. Even pets that don’t appear to be stressed might be.
- For pets who previously have been car sick, see your veterinarian, and ask about an anti nausea drug, such as Cerenia.
- Use the same pheromone products (Adaptil and Feliway) in the car.
- Practice the car travel, first with just turning on the motor but going nowhere. After the experience, the pet gets fed and/or played with – to associate a positive result.
- At first only travel around the block, and the same – feed after or play, so the pet associates the travel with a positive outcome. For dogs, you can also visit a dog park or a canine friend.
- Small dogs and cats are safest in a carrier or small dogs in a safety seat made for small dogs. Pets should never travel on laps of passengers in the front seat.