Dogs and Car Anxiety

Does your dog have a fear of getting in the car or going for long car rides? If he’s shaking when placed in the car or cries while in the car then he may be scared. Dogs can have anxiety attacks just like people can. Your dog may actually be reliving a past experience that wasn’t so positive in a car. You should give your vet a call to talk about your dog’s actions and learn ways to help your dog overcome his fears. The main thing is to replace a bad car experience with a good experience one slow step at a time. Allow your dog to sniff around the tires, bumpers, and doors. Let your dog smell the inside of the car without getting in. Don’t force your dog in the car. Your best vets Washington, DC can tell you that when your dog is comfortable then you can close the doors and crank the car. 


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