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Riding in peace with Fido
Some dogs love riding in the car, but they can have different ways of showing it. A common problem for many owners is when their dog barks in the car. This can be distracting if you are trying to drive, and can be embarrassing when you leave your pooch alone in the car. Dogs bark in the car for a variety of reasons. Some may bark out of boredom, some out of frustration. Many dogs bark because they're anxious, while others do it just because it's fun.
Dogs that are crated while in the car tend to bark less, the news source reports. Although some owners may feel that containing their pooch in the car may take away from the joy of driving, it is a much safer option overall. Having your pooch in a crate, kennel or even a dog car seat greatly increases its protection in the event of an automobile accident. In addition to keeping it safe, it would be unable to flee from the scene if it were to exit the car during a crash.
Dogs also tend to feel more secure in crates, so pet supplies like the Vari Kennel Traditional Dog Kennel may be a good option. In this enclosure, your dog will feel protected because of the solid roof but can still see what is going on thanks to the windows on either side. However, if your dog tends to bark at passersby when left alone in the car, it may help to lay a blanket over the crate to keep the distractions at bay. Giving your dog toys in the crate may also help. A chewy toy like the Gumby Dog Toy may give it something to do, and dogs may also enjoy having their favorite stuffed animal like the Nubbin Heads Soft Dog Toy.
For small dogs, a carrier like the Dog Car Seat and Travel Carrier may be a good option since it can secure your pooch while you travel and can be used as a bag when it's time to leave the car. If you choose to have this carrier unzipped so your pooch can sit up and look around, it may be helpful to reward it for good behavior with PureBites treats.
If you think your dog is barking out of anxiety or fear, using a calming aid like Quiet Moments when you absolutely have to take it for a drive may help manage its anxiety. Otherwise, leave it at home and plan to spend quality time with it later instead of while driving.