First, start by putting the puppy in the car for a few minutes each day. This task will introduce your pup to the vehicle. Don’t turn on the car, just allow your dog to sit on your lap while you gently pet and give praise. After you’ve done this for a few days, turn on the car and keep the engine running for a short time. You can bring a toy or favorite blanket, so your puppy associates the car with fun and relaxation. Once again, you will do this step for a few days before moving to the next: riding the vehicle down your driveway or the street by your house. The key to getting your dog used to being in a car is slowly increasing the amount of travel. Start by taking short trips, maybe a trip to the dog park or visit friends who live close to you.
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