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Does your dog hate car rides? Find out how to get your pet to love car rides so it stops whining every time you need to drive to the vet. Learn the best dog training tips to get that tail wagging again every time you ride in an auto with your dog.

How many times have you had to drag your pet by the leash just so you could get him in the auto for a drive to the vet? Or even a drive to a groomer’s appointment or the dog park?

Why is it that a car ride gets your dog whining and shaking every time, leaving you with question marks like what the heck did the car ever do to your loving dog?

Well, sometimes it is not the auto; maybe your pet just doesn’t enjoy car rides and is frightened by them. If that is the case, your pet needs dog training to make it fall in love with car rides. Here are some dog training tips to show you how to train a dog to enjoy car rides.

You need to understand that the process of dog training to make your pet love car rides isn’t a quick one. Don’t expect your pup to start loving car rides as soon as you start training it. Use the following tips that are not taught in most dog training classes to train your pet to love car rides.

Good news is that with the right dog training your pet will start to enjoy car rides and may even respond to training sessions like Max PolyakovFireFly in the near future!

Tip 1: Feed the dog while near/in the car

Your pet needs to get used to being around the auto so it can quickly deal with the fear of a car ride. The best way to do that is to feed him near the car, before moving inside the car. Dogs love food, and one way of keeping it calm is by giving it food. After feeding it, give the pet its favorite treats as you encourage it to remain calm around the auto. The goal is to make the pet feel comfortable around the car.

Tip 2:  Play with the dog around the car

What’s the favorite game for your dog? Try to play its favorite game near or inside the car. While you’re at it, feed it its favorite treats. Also, shower the dog with praises as you play around the automobile and then encourage it to continue with the game inside the car. Eventually, it will start getting comfortable both around and inside the auto.

Tip 3: Sit calmly inside the car with the dog

Once it starts getting comfortable around the car, the next step would be to sit calmly with the dog inside the auto. At this stage, just talk nicely to it and shower it with praises as you treat it to its favorite snack.

The point here is to make the pet even more comfortable with you in the auto, and as you sit calmly with it there, it will start getting used to the car environment. The goal is to show the pet how it feels to be inside the car so it can completely get rid of its fear of car rides.

Tip 4: Take a short drive with the dog

Once the dog has gotten used to sitting in the auto, it is time to take it for a short drive. Before you move the car from the driveway, ensure you have enough treats with you as you will need lots of it once the car starts moving.

Also, once you start driving the automobile, keep talking to the dog as you shower it with praises. This will encourage the pet to remain calm. Feed it its favorite snack throughout the short drive to distract it from its fear.

Tip 5: Take regular stops during short drives

Your dog is not used to car rides at this point, and so those short rides could seem long to the pet than you think. Make shortstops give the dog a break.

Tip 6: Get excited about the car ride

As you go for the short drive, get excited about it and make sure the excitement is clear with the tone of your voice as you talk to the dog.

When you are excited, the pet will get excited as well, especially if you continue feeding it its favorite treats throughout the drive. Your dog will get more comfortable with you in the auto when it hears the excitement in your voice.

Tip 7: Introduce dog crate in the car ride

Since your dog is scared of car rides, it is advisable to crate train him by confining him while in the moving auto. A loose pet can be quite dangerous in a moving car, therefore, crate trains your dog as you go on short car rides.

Tip 8: During crate training, cover the crate

The goal is to prevent the dog from getting scared of the moving things as you drive around. Once you cover its crate so it does not see its surroundings but only hear your voice, the dog will get comfortable. Remember to talk nicely to it as you treat it to its favorite snack.

Tip 9: Use rewards to encourage your dog

Dog treats work well for encouraging pets; therefore, each time you come from a short drive, make sure to give your dog a nice reward for remaining calm during the drive. This way, it will learn that staying calm during a car ride is rewarding.

Tip 10: Use drugs to calm the dog

After several short drives and still no sign of improvement, you may consider introducing it to anti-nauseating drugs. A visit to your vet will give you the right medication. Many dog training books approve of this method.


It is possible to train your dog the way you want, but the secret is that you need to use expert advice. You need to take your tips from someone who has already been where you are now and can point you in the right direction when it comes to dog training classes.

Just get started today and you will do fine, this is the most important thing – not to postpone anymore.

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Author’s bio

The author’s name is Chele. Chele has been training pets for over 15 years now and she loves any kind of animals, not just dogs. However, she has made it her life’s mission to spread the word – dogs are unique creatures and, with the right training, they can not only be your best friend but part of your family.