Training your pooch to ride in the car can be a challenge, especially when there are safety measures involved and your dog is a dare-devil. There are too many instances where dogs get dragged by their leashes after they’ve jumped out of the car window. So how can you stop this from ever happening to your pup and get them used to riding in the car safely?
Make sure your dog is always riding with safety in mind. This means they should never ride in someone’s lap unrestrained, in the back bed of a truck, or be unsecured or unsupervised. If you decide to have your dog ride in your trunk or bed, they should be secured in a crate. Dogs riding in the inside of the vehicle should be fastened, try getting a dog-safe seatbelt!
Riding with your windows up or only cracked is important to ensure your dog won’t jump out if they spot something they want to play with or that they don’t get hit by objects on the side of the road.
Car training for travel is something you should begin early with your pup. Dogs don’t necessarily understand how travel works like we do, so making them comfortable with being in the car and behaving correctly is important.
Your training sessions should include being aware that your dog may get the urge to bolt from their restraints before being leashes, maybe out of excitement, anxiety, or restlessness. Developing skills of impulse control with your dog will better help the experience of leashing them and cuing them to leave the car when you are prepared.
Your goal for training is that your dog is comfortable while traveling by car and practices safety measures without fuss. It’s also important to note that practicing drive-through and gas station manners is crucial for the safety of your dog and others around you. New situations can be extremely stressful for you and your canine companion, but practice makes perfect!
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