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dog car sickness and travel

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For many dogs, travelling in the car can be challenging. From motion sickness to anxiety, it can lead to some undesirable behaviours. Fortunately there are many things that you can do to help make travelling a more pleasant experience for your dog. 

Motion sickness or travel anxiety?

Despite 90% of pet owners stating their dog travels well, 10-25% of dogs display stress related behaviors in the car.

Reducing your dog’s stress levels can help to reduce the symptoms of travel anxiety.  

While vomiting can be a symptom of anxiety, it can also be a symptom of motion sickness.  Adaptil will not reduce the symptoms of motion sickness, however dogs will often experience anxiety as well as motion sickness.  Adaptil can help them feel more calm and relaxed, which can help reduce the behaviours related to the anxiety.  

How to help your dog have a positive travel experience


Use Adaptil Spray* on the blanket or crate used in the vehicle. REMEMBER to wait 15 minutes before putting the dog in the car once you have sprayed to allow the alcohol in the spray to evaporate.


Teach your dog to sit calmly in the vehicle while the car is stationary.


Use treats with quiet praise and calm play to get your dog to associate the vehicle with good things.


Keep sessions short, allow the dog to become comfortable with the vehicle before proceeding to the next step.


Encourage the dog to get into the vehicle with the engine running, using treats and praise.


Once your dog is happy and calm in the vehicle, start taking them on short trips.


If your dog does not travel in a crate, consider using a leash or a harness to attach to the vehicle seat belt, to restrain your dog and keep everyone safe.


On the day of travel, only feed a light meal, but do not limit water.


Keep the vehicle well ventilated and never leave your dog unattended in the car.


Allow your dog to exercise and eliminate every 2 hours. For long journeys (more than 4-5 hours), take this opportunity to re-apply Adaptil Spray.

The use of an Adaptil Collar or Adaptil Spray has been clinically proven to help reduce the signs of travel related stress in dogs, and teaches dogs that vehicle travel can be a positive experience.  

*Take time to consider if an Adaptil Collar would be more appropriate. If the journey is longer than 4-5 hours and/or the destination is new (e.g. going on holiday, moving house etc.) the Adaptil Collar may be more suitable, releasing a constant stream of the pheromone and helping the dog remain relaxed for up to 4 weeks. 

WE RECOMMEND: Adaptil Spray or Collar

Adaptil Spray

Choose Adaptil Spray any time you want to give your dog a little extra reassurance.

Adaptil Collar

Adaptil Collar large

Adaptil Collars provide constant calming support wherever your dog goes, indoors or outdoors.