Traveling with a pet is more than just jumping in a vechicle and a ride to the local pet store or park. Proper planning is a must for the animals safety as well as for your own. Please read, print and save this handy reference list.
Traveling with a new puppy requires very safe driving routes and caution while driving. We have taken the puppies for a ride to the vet on two occasions, but they were in a travel crate and surrounded with sheets, towels and 6 other puppies. The first time a puppy travels they will be frightened. Handle them like a new born baby and wrap in a towel and cuddle tightly so they feel secure. The motion of the car movement will be unsettling to them at first. Take the most direct route home. After a few days of settling in at the new home, start taking short rides in the car. Take it easy around corners, bends and dips to prevent the puppy from getting car sick. Kids are bad, dogs are worse! You will find that after a few rides in the car, your puppy will start to settle down and relax. The safest travel is in a secured crate in the back of the INSIDE of the cab like a Suburban/Durango/Explorer type SUV (yes other brands are fine also!). Never let your EBD ride alone in the back of an open bed of a truck. They don't normally jump or fall out, but what if they did? Your investment is now road kill. The second alternative is to ride in the back seat of a passenger car, and put down sheets to add more grip for their feet and to save the upholstery. Never let you pet jump up over the seat. There are seatbelts that are designed for dogs, but only use the body harness type, BUT TAKE IT SLOW WHEN TRAINING. ALL TRAINING NEEDS TO BE DONE SLOWLY.
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