Dealing With Car Sickness

If your dog suffers from car sickness, it can make transportation a real challenge. A simple trip to the vets’ office can be very stressful for you and your dog. The goal of this short guide is to tell you how to condition your dog to avoid car sickness.

A Few Facts:

  • Car sickness is motion sickness.
  • Motion sickness can be caused by a few factors, but primarily by movement in the inner ear.
  • Characteristics of car sickness can be vomiting, excessive salivation, yawning, whining, uneasiness, and even diarrhea in extreme cases.
  • Conditioning the dog to the vehicle can be effective at reducing or eliminating car sickness.


Start the guidelines at a point considerably before the onset of the signs of car sickness. In other words, if your dog is showing any of the signs above you are pushing too far ahead. Throughout these guidelines acting relaxed and calm is important.

  • Day one, take your dog to the car and give him praise, then call it a day.
  • The next day open the car door, give praise and call it a day.
  • The next day put your dog in the car, praise and call it a day.
  • The next day start the car, praise the dog and call it a day.
  • The next day move the car a short distance.
  • Continue increasing the distance until you get your dog past the point where he usually would have started showing his usual signs of carsickness.

Just like many things with your dog, repetition is a necessity. Eventually, your dog will be able to ride in the car with no car sickness problems at all.