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Puppy top training tips - Car travel

First, teach your puppy to enter and sit calmly while the car is stationary. Keep sessions short. Reward with quiet praise and treats.

Next step is to encourage them to get into the car with the engine running, again using treats and praise.

Once your puppy is happy and calm in the car, start with short trips with each successful trip getting progressively longer.

Make them associate the car with pleasant things first, such as going into a park to play.

Make regular stops. Just like us, dogs need to stretch their legs and toilet every couple of hours.

Use ADAPTIL Junior to reassure your puppy also in the car.

Some puppies may also feel more reassured in a travel kennel or carrier.

Alternatively, use an approved car harness. This will prevent them from moving around in the vehicle.

Whether in a kennel or not, provide your puppy with a comfortable blanket and toys.

Some puppies can be affected by motion sickness. Limiting food prior to travel may help prevent nausea or vomiting.  Don’t withhold water. Always consults your veterinarian prior to withholding food from a puppy.

Keep the vehicle well ventilated. NEVER leave your puppy unattended in the car.

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