How to Stop Dogs From Crying in the Car

by Tammy Dray
    Fun in the car? Not always for puppy.

    Fun in the car? Not always for puppy.

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    Taking your doggie for a ride? All's well until he starts crying and whining and driving you crazy while you're trying to concentrate on the road. Some dogs need time to get used to driving around, especially when they're puppies and the movement feels more like an earthquake than a fun ride. Just keep taking him for short drives and he'll eventually realize a car ride is the start of a new adventure and nothing to worry about.

    Step 1

    Try to figure out why he's crying in the first place. Is it because he's stuck in the back of the car rather than sitting next to you? Could he be nauseous or scared? Maybe he's just overexcited because a trip in the car usually means a stop at the dog park or beach time. Figuring out the cause of the crying can help you address it better.

    Step 2

    Open the window just a little bit. Enough for your pup to be able to smell the world as it rushes by, but not enough for him to stick his head out --this could be dangerous and could even worsen the agitation, especially if he tries to get out of the moving car.

    Step 3

    Bring Fido's bed or favorite blanket and place it right on the car. Maybe all he needs is a familiar place to lie so he feels some comfort. What about his favorite toy?
    While feeding treats or bringing a bone along might seem like a good idea, don't do it. Some dogs get nauseous when riding in a car, and the last think you want is a puking dog sitting right behind you.

    Step 4

    Avoid feeding Fido for at least 12 hours before the car ride and see if that makes a difference. Tummy aches, nausea and just an overall icky feeling could be causing the crying. If you avoid food right before the ride and the crying stops, simply keep doing that in the future.


    • Did you adopt your dog from a shelter? Try to find out more about his background. If he was dumped from a car -- a very common thing, unfortunately -- or abandoned after a car ride, he might associate going for a ride with something horrible about to happen. To ease his mind, take him for short rides that end with good things -- a little treat when you get back home or a quick walk in the park.

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    About the Author

    Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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