Tips for Riding in the Car
Jill Hamilton provides these tips for
riding in the car: You want the car to be a pleasant but not overly stimulating
place. I lump poor car riders into two groups . . . those that are sick or
afraid and those that are overly excited. I put sick and afraid together because
they go hand in hand. A dog that physically gets sick learns to fear the car.
Also dogs that are afraid of the car can make themselves ill just thinking about
it. In the overexcited group, I think there can also be a fear/aggression
component . . . not so much of the car itself and motion, but of the stuff they
see approaching at dizzying speeds.
For either group I think basically the same
approach can work, one based on acclimating the dog to riding in small, pleasant
doses. Can your dog just sit in the car in the drive and be calm? If not, work
on this a few nights. You might find just sitting with her and talking and
petting is relaxing or you might need to treat for sitting in the car. When she
can do this calmly, try starting the car and maintaining the same calmness.
Proceed in small doses such as driving down the drive, around the block, for an
ice cream cone etc. Keep it light and pleasant for the dog, apply treats and
praise liberally. Praise the dog for being calm and avoid soothing or scolding
for poor behavior.
If your dog is loose in the car, it
may be quieter if crated. Solid walled Vari Kennels are probably best because
they restrict the dogs vision. The one problem with a crate is it is harder to
reward good behavior (i.e. treat) when the dog is crated and you are driving.
The further up front a crate is in a car, the smoother the ride is for the dog.
Being far back in the car is harder for both the sea-sick ones and the ones that
just get too revved up. Practicing in the dark may be helpful as it cuts down on
the visual stimulation. For the sick ones, check out motion sickness drugs so
you can break the sick/fear cycle. If the dog has a dog buddy with whom she is
calm (versus one she plays with nonstop) who is a good rider you might try
taking them for rides together. Be sure most rides have pleasant destinations,
i.e. not just to the vets.
Items that Ease Car Riding Problems
D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Spray (60ml)
D.A.P.™ (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) helps stop or prevent
fear and stress-related behavior in puppies and adult
dogs that result in: destructive behavior, excessive
vocalization (barking, whining, etc.), house soiling,
excessive licking, anxiety. D.A.P.™ helps comfort the
puppies and adult dog in stressful situations such as:
introduction to visitors or strangers, visits to the
veterinarian, moving to new homes, adoption, novel and
unpredictable situations leading to phobic reactions. In
mammals, lactating females release substances called
"appeasing pheromones" the function of which is to
reassure the offspring. Canine "appeasing pheromones"
are secreted by the sebaceous glands of the intermammary
sulcus in the lactating bitch. These pheromones calm the
puppy during times of stress and provide reassurance,
particularly in unknown environments and when
encountering novel experiences. Research has shown that
the reassuring properties of these pheromones persist
even into adult age. D.A.P.™ (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)
reproduces the properties of the natural "appeasing
pheromones" of the bitch.
The Anxiety Wrap uses a technique called "maintained
pressure" to aid in calming your animal thereby allowing
your dog to redirect their focus. The Anxiety Wrap is a
wrap that applies slight pressure across a wide area of
the body, stimulating the body's receptors to aid in the
transmission of different sensations to different parts
of the brain. When the animal receives this new
information, it's awareness and focus can change,
resulting in the animal "letting go" of the old
sensation and modifying its behavior. A similar
technique is used in children and adults with autism,
providing a calming effect. When used with gentle
training methods, the Anxiety Wrap can significantly
reduce thunder phobia, barking, and other behaviors that
would benefit from calming.
The Anxiety Wrap was created to fill an existing need,
it's a holistic approach and an alternative to
traditional behavior modification for dogs. When used
properly it has proven positive to increase balance,
self-confidence, focus, preparation for and during
training, animal to animal socialization, animal to
human socialization, bonding, relaxation, and more.
Anxiety Wrap can help with releasing stress & tension,
end jumping, stop destructive chewing, fear biting, car
sickness, unnecessary barking, shyness, fear of loud
noises, thunderstorm fear, sensitivity to touch,
sensitive to sound, aloofness, emotional upset,
hyperactivity, grooming issues and other anxieties.
Will my dog or cat like to wear the Anxiety Wrap?
Most willingly step into it while others may appear not
to want it on. We suggest using treats to create a
positive association. Even if your dog doesn't appear to
want to wear the Anxiety Wrap the effects appear to be
the same, it helps calm the dog.
Will my dog get used to the Anxiety Wrap and will it
lose its effect?
The Anxiety Wrap shouldn't lose its effectiveness when
used properly. One important thing to remember is to let
your dog wear the Anxiety Wrap periodically during its
daily routine. If you only use The Anxiety Wrap when a
storm approaches, or when you're about to do your
training exercises, the dog will associate the Wrap with
the specific event. By allowing the animal to wear it
occasionally you won't lock the dog into a pre-set
The Gentle Leader® Calming Cap
is a new behavior management aid that is designed to lessen a
dog's anxiety or aggression in high-stress situations. It was
designed by Trish King, CPDT CDBC and director of Behavior &
Training at the Marin Humane Society, in collaboration with Lisa
Moore, CPDT. The Cap was developed originally to ease
hyperactivity in a dog that became agitated while traveling in a
car. Since then, pet owners and professionals across the pet
industry have used the Cap to quiet and calm anxious or
How It Works
The Calming Cap reduces the visual stimulus that makes a dog
agitated by filtering his vision. It is not a blindfold.
The single-panel sheer fabric window makes the dog's
vision indistinct, while allowing the dog to easily
navigate his surroundings. Things like people, tables,
and doorways are still visible while smaller things like
nail clippers and a vet's needles are obscured. Great
for dog introductions, car rides, vet visits and nail
Alcohol Free Herbs for Kids Chamomile Calm,
Chamomile Calm calms, balances and nourishes the nervous system. This
blend is wonderful for soothing the over-energized, anxious, or exhausted child.
It is also wonderful for our furry friends.
This combination of relaxing herbs relieves tension throughout the body,
encouraging the free flow of creative energy and appropriate responses to
stress. Nerve support herbs can help calm any stressful occasion: fear, pain,
travel, teething, illness, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.
Contents: A proprietary blend of an extract of
Skullcap herb, Chamomile flowers, Fennel seed, Hops strobiles and Catnip herb.
Other Ingredients: Kosher Coconut and/or Palm kernel glycerin, purified water
and citric acid.
Directions: Shake well.
Take directly or mix in small amount of water.
Up to 24 lbs
1.0 ml, 3 times daily
1.0 to 2.0 ml, 3 times daily
2.0 ml, 3-4 times daily
Over 95 lbs
3.0 ml, 3-4 times daily
Alcohol Free Animals' Apawthecary Tranquility Herbal Extract
Blend, 1 oz.
Tranquility Blend is thought to reduce physical tension and bring about a
more relaxed state without impairing motor function or mental alertness.
Holistic veterinarians have been using this formula in situations where
nervousness or nerve dysfunction plays a negative factor in the well-being of
the animal. It is intended as a general calming agent for cases of acute
anxiety, such as trips to the groomer, thunderstorms, or the dreaded car trip,
excess barking, trips to the vets, nervous disorders, and fear of noises such as
fireworks and thunder.
General calming agent
fireworks, car rides & more
Ingredients: Certified Organic Valerian root, Skullcap herb, Oat
flower, ethically wild-crafted Passionflower herb, vegetable glycerin, distilled
water. Alcohol free. Suggested dosage: 20-40 drops as needed.
High Quality, Safe & Earth Friendly
Animals' Apawthecary Herbal Tinctures, the number 1 choice of holistic
veterinarians, are safe, effective and easy to administer. All herbs used
are selected from the highest quality certified organic or sustainably
wild-harvested quality of American sources, hand-picked under optimum conditions
for maximum potency by people who truly care about the survival of native plant
species. They are formulated from the highest quality human food or supplement
grade ingredients by leading veterinary herbalists who are intimately familiar
with the needs and sensitivities of dogs and cats. The extraction process uses
pure vegetable glycerin rather than alcohol to produce high quality, naturally
balanced herbal tinctures with a sweet flavor that appeals to the taste buds of
most dogs and cats.
||12-20 (0.5ml) drops for
each 20 lbs.
of animal body weight, twice daily
||12-20 (0.5ml) drops, twice
As Tranquility Blend tastes sweet, it can be squirted directly into the mouth
of your dog or can be added to his/her drinking water or food. Please keep in
mind that no two animals are alike—the amount needed
for effectiveness will vary from animal to animal.
Chill-Out, Calming Aromatherapy for Dogs
A powerful blend of chamomile, lavender and sweet
marjoram act to calm and quiet your dog. Highly
effective in taking the edge off of stressful times. The
applications for this mist are never ending: This
treatment can help with hyperactivity, separation
anxiety, insomnia, thunderstorm phobia, destructive
nervousness, vet and groomer visits, and nighttime
pacing. And, we’re sure you could come up with your own