Top tips for travelling safely with your dog

Putting on the brakes

Your dog should be eager and willing to get in the car. If your dog puts on their ‘front brakes’ it’s a sign they’re feeling unsure or anxious and you may need to slow things down a little and build up their confidence.

Three 'pawnt' turn

Can your dog do a ‘three point turn’ in the back of the car? Your dog should be able to stand up, turn around comfortably and lie down in their space in the car.

Barkseat driver

Is your dog a ‘barkseat’ driver? Are they barking excessively and panting heavily? This is a sign they’re not enjoying the ride. If your dog sits or lies down calmly in the car or even has a little snooze it’s a good sign that they’re feeling relaxed.

Starting your engines

Start with short, slow and gentle, familiar journeys that will allow your dog to get used to car travel in a positive way. Having a friend, who your dog knows well and is comfortable with, accompanying you can be helpful so there is someone to be beside your dog if necessary while you are driving. Drive smoothly allowing plenty of time for braking, as a jerky or uncomfortable journey might make your dog less willing to travel next time!

In-car snacks

Everyone enjoys an in-car treat, including your doggie pals. Bring your pooches’ favourite treats on trips to reward them for being a great travel companion. You could prepare them a long-lasting chew for the journey or a passenger could drop them a little reward every now and then.

Want more dog travel advice?

We’re working in partnership with MINI UK on a mission to help the nations dogs feel calm and confident when they’re travelling. Visit the Dogs Trust X MINI hub for more information and advice about travelling with your dog.

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