A DOG expert revealed how to turn your pooch into the ultimate road trip buddy.
Adam Spivey, an experienced dog trainer, said that a little dedication to the cause will make your dog the perfect passenger.
His tips included maintaining a calm posture, transporting your four-legged friend safely, and making sure you stop often enough for them to pee.
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Spivey’s number one tip was to always make sure your pooch is quiet before you get in the car.
He explained: “I always make sure the dog is quiet before he gets in the car.
“The car can be a source of excitement for a dog, which can upset them, which can lead to barking, whining and other stressful behaviors.
“Most of the time, that’s because the goal in the dog’s brain always results in something funny.”
He said make sure your dog sits by your side when you open the car door and make sure he doesn’t get in until told to.
Spivey added that the safest way for a pooch to travel is in an impact crate.
When they are calm and confident, they will make the perfect road trip buddy.
It is also important that you have exercised before driving and have released any pent-up energy.
Spivey explained: “Frequent stops are recommended for long journeys.
“But it’s also important to exercise the dog as much as possible before the trip so that it gets some excitement.
“A tired dog is much more likely to fall asleep and switch off.
“Your dog should travel in a crash box as this is the safest way to travel with a dog.”
He noted that dogs “not properly restrained” in a car will run around and look out the window.
This can overwhelm and stimulate them, which does not make for a smooth or safe journey.
Spivey said that “the box not only keeps them safe, but it helps them relax.”
Regular bathroom breaks are especially important for puppies who are working on their bladder control.
For older dogs, he recommends bathroom breaks every few hours.
You can also offset the chances of your pooch getting sick in the car by not feeding them too soon before the trip and by talking to a vet about treating motion sickness.
Spivey suggested building up drive times with your dog so he gets used to the feeling of being in the car.
If they get sick, your car needs a thorough cleaning and your dog needs a break from long drives.
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