How to Calm a Stressed Dog in the Car: 5 Training Tips

anxious dog in a car

Many dogs experience anxiety and stress when it comes to traveling in the car. Whether it's a trip to the vet or a family vacation, a stressed dog can make the journey challenging for both the pet and the owner.

But fear not, there are ways to help calm your four-legged companion and make car rides a more pleasant experience for everyone involved.

In this blog post, we'll explore 5 training tips to help soothe a stressed dog in the car and ensure a smoother ride for both you and your beloved pet.

Let's dive in and learn how to ease your canine's travel anxiety together.

Dog in front seat of a car

5 Tips: How to Help Dogs With Car Anxiety

Let's take a look at 5 ways we can help our dog's motion sickness and travel anxiety.

1. Exercise before your dog gets in the car

dog on a leash walking with girl

For longer car rides, it's a good idea to exercise before jumping in the car. Exercising can help your dog calm down. They'll be worn out and maybe even sleep during their car ride.

In addition to physical exercise, it's a great idea to exercise your dog mentally! Try playing a few games with your dog before getting in the car.

Your dog will appreciate the exercise and games while you appreciate a peaceful car ride!

2. Ginger for car sickness

sliced raw ginger

Car sickness and motion sickness can be hazardous for your car.

We've all had a dog puke in the car because of their motion sickness. Ginger can help to relieve your dog's upset stomach. It may even provide a calming effect!

Lastly, you'll want to limit your dog's food prior to car travel. They'll have a much lower chance of puking during the trip with an empty stomach.

3. Calming supplements before a car ride

Our furry friends can feel anxious, stressed, and hyperactive during car rides. And as dog owners, we want to do everything possible to help our anxious dog relax.  

That's why we've created specially formulated calming treats for dogs.

Calming supplements work by providing your dog with a number of delicious and natural herbs and amino acids, like L-Tryptophan, designed to promote a calm behavior. 

In addition to the calming effects, our calming treats contain ginger. Ginger is great for your dog's upset stomach which can come in handy during car rides.

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4. Calming music in the car

During your car ride, play calming music for your dog and see if it has any effect.

You can try our dog calming music that can be found on YouTube or maybe some classical music on the YouTube Music app.

dog with a headset on

Our calming music has helped many dogs go to sleep and believe your dog may benefit during car travel! Give it a shot.

5. For longer car rides stop at the dog park

two dogs at the dog park

Car trips can become boring for dogs very quickly. So, why not stop and get some fresh air at the dog park?

Go ahead and park the car, open the car door and hop out. Let your dog get some much needed exercise and fresh air at the dog park.

A simple 10 minute break can do wonders if your dog is car sick. And of course your dog can go poop and pee during the break!

Understanding Dog Anxiety in the Car

Canine car anxiety is a real issue and affects all dogs from puppies to adult dogs.

Keep your car cool and try out some of our tips to help your dog enjoy, rather than fear, car rides.

how to calm a dog down in a car

It can take a while to help your dog overcome car anxiety, but keep at it and they'll enjoy car rides before you know it!

Bottom line

Although driving with an anxious dog may seem like an impossible task, it's important to remember that there are solutions to keep your furry friend calm while in the car.

Taking time to invest into a few different approaches and finding out which works best for you and your dog is key.

Be mindful of how you react to them; with patience and understanding, you will find that traveling with your dog is greatly rewarding!

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After all, enjoyment for both of you should remain at the top of the list when embarking on any road trip! Learn more about traveling with your dog by reading our article, "What Can I Give My Dog to Calm Him Down While Traveling."

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By Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is a veteran dog trainer, dog behaviorist, and canine nutritionist with 10+ years experience.

Tory has helped countless families have beautiful relationships with their canine companions.

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