Drool Happens ~ Tips & Pointers For Traveling With Your Puppy
or how to deal with a car-sick puppy
Most young puppies eventually enjoy riding in the car and accompanying the family on short jaunts and long. My dogs have always done a happy dance if they thought I was taking anyone along to run my errands. Agatha has figured out that the nice guy at the drive through at our local Starbucks dispenses a tiny sample of whipped cream for any canine passenger who requests a treat.
That being said, new puppy owners need to remember that those first few car rides can be difficult for a new baby, and a word to the wise is in order (plus a roll of paper towels) until your puppy has those first journeys and her likelihood of getting carsick is over.
A typical journey for one of our puppies will start out with baby fresh from a bath and smelling of pup pup cologne, but it’s not unusual to glance over and see a puppy looking a bit queasy and soon poor baby is damp around the mouth and I know it’s time to grab the paper towels and hope for the best. Some poor puppies can be so motion sick that occasionally I’ll have one who ends up with her paws and face completely soaked and looking exceedingly sorry for herself. There’s little to do beside freshening up with a handful of wipes until there's time for another real bath.
A few things to remember:
- Most puppies travel better on an empty tummy.
- Keep your car a bit cool, if it’s too warm, your puppy will be more likely to feel carsick.
- Have a towel on your lap if you’re holding your puppy, being confined to her crate might be the better option for her and your new skirt until you know how she’s going to travel!
The good news is some puppies never get carsick, or if they do, they quickly outgrown it with tactful handling and short trips to help acclimate them gradually to travel.
In the meantime, keep the shampoo close and plan on a quick lather to bring your new baby quickly back to a state of fluffy adorableness!
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