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How to Travel with a Hyper Dog

Traveling with a hyper dog can be a real issue. It can double or triple the stress level of any trip, not to mention a cross country move! There are things that you can do to lessen the anxiousness of the whole process.


1. Have a crate. It's a good idea to have him crate trained first, but either way, have a crate.

2. Be sure to have familiar toys and soft blankets for your dog. This will go a long way towards calming him.

3. Don't feel like your dog needs to be in the crate the whole time. When he needs to relax, denning will help him do that, and that is what he is doing in the crate.

  • You may need to cover the cage to make the crate even more like a den. This can calm your dog even further. Make sure that your dog will not overheat because of the cover.

4. Have a treat ball or toy. This is a toy that you put treats in that your dog has to work to get out. This keeps their brain and their nose engaged and not barking.

5. Make sure that your dog gets regular breaks from the car. Make sure that he has the opportunity to relieve himself and walk him around. This will be good for both you and your pet(s).

6. Stay calm. If you get stressed out and excited, so will your dog.

7. Consider medication. Be very sure, even if you use over the counter meds, that you get the appropriate dosage for your particular pet. Their weight and health can change what you think they should have.

8. Be happy. Keep a positive, if not happy, environment. As you know, your animals respond to how you are feeling.

9. Have at least one dry run. You do not want to find out that your animals get carsick and not be prepared.

10. Consider 'holistic' methods, but you will definitely want to test those ahead of time. They work for some, not for others. You do NOT want to put all of your eggs in THAT basket.