How To Get Dogs To Like Car Rides If They're A Bit Anxious About Them, According To Experts


If you have a dog, you probably have to take them to see the vet or to go get groomed every once in a while. If your dog is anxious about riding in the car, though, a simple errand can turn into a stressful experience for you and your pup. According to experts, there are a number of things that you can do to help make the car experience much less scary for your dog.

"Dogs that have had a bad experience while in a car are more likely to become anxious about travel in the future," Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM, a veterinarian and vet expert for Chewy, tells Bustle. "There are also two periods of extreme sensitivity to fear in puppies that typically occur around eight to 10 weeks of age and then again for a couple of weeks between six and 14 months of age," she says. "Bad experiences during these sensitive periods can have a lasting, negative impact."

Also, each dog has their own unique personality, just like people do, and some pups might just naturally be more worried about new experiences than others are. "The good news is that with time and appropriate desensitization and counter-conditioning, most dogs can be taught to ride in a car without fear," Coates says.

Here are some tips for helping your dog if they're anxious about the car, according to experts.