dog travelling in car




Before the ride

  • Train your dog to stay calmly in the car:
    • First whilst the car is stationary
    • Then, with the car engine running
    • Finally, whilst driving on short trips
  • Reward your dog when staying calm with treats and quiet praise

Help your dog feel comfortable with ADAPTIL Spray

  • Releases pheromones to create a safe and secure environment
  • Spray in the car or on your dog’s car blanket 15 minutes before departure
  • Improvements may be seen almost immediately
  • Never spray directly on your dog

In the car

  • Use a carrier, crate or car harness
  • It is safer and more reassuring for your dog to be restrained

During the ride

  • Stop every 2 hours for exercise and toilet
  • Provide only a light meal before departure to limit car sickness, but do not limit water 
  • Keep the car well ventilated and never leave your dog unattended in the car

We recommend:

ADAPTIL Transport

Spray in the car, the crate or the carrier 15 minutes before departure, respray after 4 to 5 hours if needed

Tips to make car travel with dogs and visits to the vet less stressful

Many dogs love car travel, but for some dogs, this can be quite stressful.

It is very easy to recognize if your dog is uncomfortable in the car. Any of these signs would be a good clue:

  • Agitation
  • Panting
  • Excessive salivation
  • Trembling
  • Barking
  • Whining
  • Vomiting
  • Urinating / soiling
  • Attempting to escape

If your dog is showing any of these signs, car rides can be a nightmare for both of you. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog cope with car travel.

These tips will help your dog to associate the car with positive things (like treats).

The first thing is to teach your dog to be able to sit calmly in the car.

Keep sessions short, allowing your dog to become comfortable with the car before travel. Then proceed to the next step: turning the engine on. Keep the car parked, don’t drive, and again use treats and praise.

Once your dog is happy and calm in the car, start taking them on short trips. After each successful trip, you can progressively increase trip duration. Make sure that from time to time you also take a short trip. 

This gradual training will help your dog feel better in the car.

During this process, and for each journey, spray ADAPTIL Spray 15 minutes before departure.

Using ADAPTIL Spray  is clinically proven to reduce fear- and stress-related signs such as panting, agitation and restlessness during travel. 

Make sure you spray the car, the bedding, the crate or the carrier, but never apply directly to your dog. Always wait 15 minutes before introducing your dog to the sprayed area.

To provide reassurance to your dog and also improve safety, use a travel cage or carrier. Alternatively, use a leash or a harness to attach to the car seat belt, to restrain your dog while driving. These will allow your dog to sit or lie down and also prevent them from moving around in the vehicle.