It’s generally accepted that dogs love car rides, right? Just picture a dog with its ears flapping in the breeze. But, that’s not always the case. Truth be told, many dogs suffer from travel-related stress that results in diarrhea, loss of appetite and anxiety.
Can’t imagine leaving your fur ball home but hate the stress of travel? Driving, flying or moving with a dog doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for you or your four-legged friend.
Whether it’s a road trip or cross-country flight, you can help assuage your dog’s stress and prepare him for the long and winding road ahead. Here are a few tried and true tips to help keep stress at bay during your next trip.
5 Ways to Reduce Pet Stress on the Road
- Don’t leave home without it: Pack a dog travel kit that includes essentials like food, medication, plastic bags, toys, treats and beyond. These familiar objects will provide comfort away from home.
- Are we there yet? Take frequent bathroom breaks so your dog can stretch its legs and expend energy. Long walks will help bring calm to car rides and hotel stays.
- Check your luggage: You’ll have to use a carrying case if you’re flying with a dog in tow. Give your dog plenty of time in advance to get familiar with the case. That’ll reduce stress during air travel.
- Try Composure: Supplements like Composure™ represent an alternative to traditional medicine. Give your dog a Composure™ to help alleviate stress when traveling. It’s not a sedative so it’s safe to double and triple dosage when necessary.
- Home Sweet Home: Sometimes you have to leave your dog home. Don’t force it if your dog isn’t up for a long trip. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
*CanCog Technologies Study “Assessment of Anxiolytic Properties of a Novel Compound in Beagle Dogs with a Noise-Induced Model of Fear and Anxiety”