Some dogs love travelling in cars, while some others have fear, anxiety and sickness of riding a car, that they bark continuously or that they refuse to get in the car. And this is probably came from old bad experiences. And to get your dog used to your car, the first experience riding the car should be a good one for him.
Every dog will have to ride in a car one day (a trip to the veterinarian at the very least) so it’s very necessary to make them learn how to ride the car without stress or sickness.
If you want to travel with your dog in a car, you should make your dog get used to the car before the trip. First start with the engine off, spend some time in the car, let your dog get to know it slowly, by feeding him in the car, playing with him hide and seek for example by hiding some treats in the car and letting your dog find them. This will make him build some positive thoughts about the car. Give your dog his favorite blanket to lie on and relax, also never forget to make eye contact with him while driving if possible, also speak to him as much as you can to distract him. The seat belts is a must when transporting a dog, they keep your dog safe and secure during a car ride. Unbuckled dogs in a car can be very distracting to you, not to mention the fact they can injure or kill themselves in a car accident. You can use a dog Harness that can be attached easily to any car. Big meals before riding a car is definitely not recommended for dogs, because some dogs get sick in the car and can throw up, just like kids, but you can still give them a few treats to make the trip better. Also, always make sure your dog goes to the toilet before riding a car to avoid accidents. A quick tip: don’t just take your dog out in the car when he has to go the veterinarian or a place he doesn’t like. If you do, your dog may never like to ride a car because it only takes him to places he doesn’t enjoy. Also never keep your dog waiting for you to come back in the car especially in the summer. A few minutes /hours in a hot car can be dangerous, even if you open the windows. The best solution is to take your dog with you.
What to do if my dog gets into a fight?
Rarely when dogs get into real fights, they usually just wrestle and nip, just playing in another word. But sometimes things can go too far into a serious fight, and they need to be stopped as soon as possible, because the results can be very brutal, even deadly sometimes.
A dog fight can be easier to broke up if there at least two people, breaking it all alone can be more difficult. But the most important thing is to finish up the fight and separate the 2 dogs without putting yourself, other people and the dogs in danger. First thing you need to do is to remain calm and keep your head clear and resist the urge to grab your dog by its collar, because that’s what most people think of when they see a dog fight. Grabbing the dogs by their collars can only lead to a bite. Also you should never get between two dogs that are seriously fighting or stick your hand between them to stop the fight. Otherwise the dogs will confuse you with another target and they will bite you. However, for small dogs, is it okay to grab them up by their collars, or get between them to stop the fight. Even if your dog always listen to your commands, he will not stop fighting, but most dogs will stop when they can’t see each other anymore. That’s why it’s recommended to use a barrier, a blanket or anything else you find near you to separate them. Some dogs will stop fighting if they get distracted (by hear much noises for example), so make as much noises as you can, scream, yell, clap your hands and anything loud. Also dousing dogs in water can be a very effective way of ending a dog fight. Use a hose, a container, a bottle of water or even a can of soda. This will distract the dogs and push them away. Another great and safe method to use if you are at least 2 persons, called the wheelbarrow, each one grabs a dog’s back feet and lifts them up just like a wheelbarrow, this will end the fight quickly. You can also use a leash to grab your dog from his back legs.
A quick tip: If you dog gets into a fight and once the 2 dogs have been separated, the next thing you have to do is to check your dog for injuries, bite marks, blood etc.. if you find any, make sure you clean it well if you can do it yourself, otherwise take your dog to his veterinarian.
What to do if my dog gets fleas?
Your dog can gets fleas no matter how clean your dog or your house is. Adults Fleas are usually brown and shiny, and up to 3mm long. These small insects live by sucking the blood of their hosts whether it’s a cat, a dog or any other animal. They prefer hot temperatures, that’s why your dog is more prone to gets fleas during the summer. Their strong back legs are adapted for jumping, they can jump from another animal into your dog, or from an environment into your dog.
If you see your dog scratching or you suspect he has fleas, make sure first it’s fleas, because not all scratching and licking are caused by fleas, it can be a food allergy. This itching caused by fleas’ bites can sometimes be severe and leads to an inflammation, skin infection or to hair loss.
To find out if your dog has fleas, the best technique is to groom it and look closely at its skin. Once you confirmed your dog has fleas, go buy a flea killer from a pet store. Or you can see the “Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats” here on Amazon.
There are also some flea and tick removal shampoos for dogs on Amazon that are quite effective, kills fleas and ticks during all stages of their life cycle, which means it also kills flea larvae and flea eggs. See here Oster Flea and Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal.
Also when finishing treating your dog, it’s time for your house to treat. Vacuum your entire house thoroughly, including your dog’s bed and everything. When finished, seal the vacuum bag in plastic and throw it away. You can also use a pet friendly flea killer before vacuuming the house.