dog travelling in car




Before the journey

  • Train your dog to stay calm in the car:
    • First in a stationary car
    • Then with the engine running
    • Finally while driving short trips
  • Reward your dog when they are calm with treats and quiet praise

Help your dog feel comfortable with ADAPTIL Transport

  • Releases “comforting messages”’ in the car to create a safe and secure environment
  • Spray in the car or on your dog car blanket 15 minutes before departure
  • Improvement happens almost immediately
  • Never spray directly on your dog

In the car

  • Consider using a carrier or a car harness (but again positively train them to use first)
  • It is safer and more reassuring for your dog to be secured and confined.

During the journey

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

We recommend:

ADAPTIL Transport

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

Tips to make travel 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 recognise 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

Obviously if your dog is showing any of these signs, car journeys can be nightmare for both of you! Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog cope with car travel! Read our top tips for travelling with your dog

This requires 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 the sessions short and allow your dog to become comfortable with the car before travel.  The next step is turning the engine on without driving, again using 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 but with a short trip from time to tim.

This gradual training will help your dog feel better in the car.  During this process, and for each journey, spray ADAPTIL Transport 15 minutes before departure.

Using ADAPTIL Transport is clinically proven to reduce panting, agitation and restlessness during travel.

Make sure you spray in the car and on the bedding carrier, BUT NEVER directly on your dog. Always wait 15 min before introducing your dog near the sprayed area.

To provide reassurance to your dog and also improve safety, you may consider using a travel cage or carrier. Alternatively, use a car harness to restrain your dog while driving. These will allow your dog to sit or lie down while preventing them from moving around in the vehicle.