MINI UK and companion Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, are on a mission that can assist you and your Very Important Pooches (VIPs) travel safely and fortunately throughout the festive interval.
One in three households within the UK now embrace a dog and on-line searches for ‘how to travel with a dog’ have risen by 97% forward of the vacation season, so MINI and Dogs Trust have compiled 5 prime tips for calmer automobile journeys.
GET YOUR CAR AND CANINE ACQUAINTED
It’s a good suggestion to introduce automobile travel gently and as early on as doable. Dogs having selection round a brand new or scary factor improves their confidence lengthy-time period.
You can begin by merely acquainting your dog or pet with the automobile itself. Encourage them to have a very good sniff and get acquainted with your automobile’s scent. Open up the doorways and boot, permitting them to hop out and in at their leisure. A tasty reward for their nostril work will assist construct optimistic associations with the automobile.
IT’S ALL IN THE BODY LANGUAGE
Signs of misery might be shaking, panting and pulling away from the automobile. There are so many causes a dog would possibly really feel anxious about automobile journeys – so introduce your dog to the automobile slowly and attempt to take some journeys purely for enjoyable to the seashore or park. That approach you’ll start to construct optimistic associations. Watch out for indicators of over-stimulation and stress and take a break and some steps again to the purpose your dog was snug.
KEEP YOUR HOUND SAFE AND SOUND
Consider the place your dog will travel and shield your pooch by securing them in place with a harness, guard or crate. That approach they’ll be restrained if you must make a sudden cease. It’ll additionally assist to maintain them out of the driving force’s approach, and keep away from distractions when you’re on the transfer.
Can your dog do a ‘three-point turn’ at the back of the automobile? Your dog ought to be capable of get up, flip round comfortably and lie down of their house within the automobile.
Everyone enjoys an in-automobile deal with, together with your doggie friends. Bring your pooches’ favorite treats on journeys to reward them for being an important travel companion. You may put together them a protracted-lasting chew for the journey or a passenger may drop them somewhat reward from time to time.
For extra details about the MINI and Dogs Trust partnership, go to the MINI Dogs Hub.