How can I cure car anxiety for my dog?

Ever since my dog and I got stuck in a rainstorm while driving home from the vet, he has developed the worst car anxiety. I want to go on road trips with him, but I obviously don’t want to put him through any undue stress. Is there any way to cure car anxiety for a dog?

Answer
Kudos to you for being a thoughtful pet owner! The first point in the process of eliminating your dog’s car anxiety is to identify the point where they stop being comfortable and start taking baby steps to familiarize them with the car. Here’s how to do it:
  • Hang out with your dog in the car while parked. The trick is to find the point where your dog is relaxed, then slowly move closer and closer to full driving.
  • Give your dog a special toy or meal in the car. This will help them feel even more comfortable when riding in a car, and will help them associate the car with positive things.
  • Make a game of getting your dog into the car. This will also help your dog associate car rides with fun instead of anxiety.
If you want to make sure that you and your pup are fully covered for any eventuality, you may also want to take a moment to review your car insurance policy. If you want to check quickly to make sure you’re getting the best deal on the coverage you need, check out the Jerry app! We’ll get you personalized quotes from top insurers in seconds, so that all you need to do is pick the plan that works best for you. And once you’ve chosen one, we’ll even help you switch!
Best of luck—hopefully you and your pup will be out on the road in no time!
Carlos Kirby
Answered on Nov 11, 2021
Carlos has a BA in Media Production and Marketing from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as almost 5 years of content editing and writing experience. He has operated his own freelance creative studio over the past 5 years and aspires to be a Creative Director for an Creative Agency. He is currently located in Chicago, IL and enjoys creating digital art and taking bike rides along the lakefront during his free time!
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