dog traveling in car




Before the ride

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

Before Help your dog feel comfortable with ADAPTIL Transport

  • Releases “appeasting 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
  • Safer and more reassuring for your dog to be restrained

During the ride

  • Stop every 2 hours for exercise and toilet
  • Give only 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
Dog travel in car

We recommend:

ADAPTIL Transport Spray

Spray in the car or the carrier 10 minutes before departure, re-appy after 4 to 5 hours if needed

Tips to make travel and visits to the vet less stressful

Many dogs love to 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

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

That requires your dog to associate 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, allow you dog to become comfortable with the car before proceeding to the next step, which is: turning the engine on! But still not driving, in the car parked, and 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. Keep from times to times a short trip session.

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 the car, the bedding or the 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 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.