Not every dog likes to ride in the car. You may need to train your puppy to get used to driving. Read here how you can do this.
Whether it’s a puppy or an adult four-legged friend – if the dog has never been in the car before, it still has to get used to it. There are several ways to show the dog that the vehicle is not dangerous and that car rides can even be fun. You can find out how to do this here.
Early experiences shape the dog
Ideally, the dog should be used to the car in the first three months of life. It is particularly beneficial if the breeder has practiced driving with the mother and the five to six-week-old puppies.
If that hasn’t happened, the dog’s first experience with a car is usually not a good one: strangers tear it out of its familiar surroundings and take it away from its mother and siblings. Many puppies vomit with excitement. The puppy then associates these negative experiences with the car.
Approach the car slowly
You can still teach the dog that driving a car is not dangerous. Approach it slowly and make sure that the dog does not have any negative experiences with the car.
Just let him sniff the inside of the car first. You can lure adult dogs with treats, but you usually have to help a puppy because it may still be too small to jump in on its own.
Once the big or small dog is in, give them lots of praise. Don’t force him to stay inside if he doesn’t want to! He needs his time to realize that nothing is happening to him there. Once he gets the hang of it, start the engine as well so he gets used to the noise.
Give your dog security: take his beloved blanket or basket with you into the car. In this, he feels safe. In order to transport it correctly, the dog should finally sit in the transport box and no longer in its basket.
At first only short distances
When the dog is comfortable inside, you can drive the first stretch, which should be short the first time. Pull around the corner, let him out of the car and reward him with a game or a nice walk. Now repeat this a few times and your dog will soon have “driving a car = fun” memorized in his head. He will be an enthusiastic passenger with whom you can embark on adventures big or small.