Whether a puppy or a fully grown four-legged friend – if the dog has never been in the car, it has to get used to it. There are different ways to show the dog that the vehicle is not dangerous and that driving in the car can even be fun. You can find out how you can do this here.
Ideally, the dog should be used to the car in the first three months of life. It is particularly beneficial if the breeder has practiced driving a car with the mother and the five to six week old puppies.
If this has not happened, the first experience that the dog has with a car is usually not a good one: Strangers tear him out of his familiar surroundings and take him away from his mother and siblings. Many puppies vomit with excitement. The puppy then associates these negative experiences with the car.
You can still teach the dog that driving a car is safe. Feel your way up slowly and make sure that the dog does not have any negative experiences with the car.
For now, just let him sniff the inside of the car. Adult dogs can be tempted with treats, but you will usually have to help a puppy because it may still be too small to jump into it on its own.
Once inside the big or small dog, give them exuberant praise. In no case should you force him to stay in if he doesn’t want to! He needs his time to realize that nothing is happening to him there. Once he has understood that, turn on the engine so that he can get used to the noise.
Give your dog security: take his beloved blanket or basket with you into the car. He feels safe in that. In order to transport it properly, the dog should ultimately sit in the transport box and no longer in its basket.
If the dog feels comfortable inside, you can take the first route, which should be short the first time. Drive around the corner, let him out of the car and reward him with a game or a nice walk. Repeat this a few times and your dog will soon have “driving = fun” in his head. He will be an avid co-driver with whom you can embark on adventures big or small.