Can Your Pup Handle the Open Road? Top Car Travel Tips!

As an ardent dog lover, there’s nothing that brings me greater joy than setting out on the open road, accompanied by my beloved Sarplaninac puppies and dogs.

These excursions have become a delightful tradition, whether it’s attending exciting dog shows or embarking on journeys to transport these precious puppies to their forever homes abroad (departure to our transporter).

There’s something truly magical about exploring new places with a wagging tail and a pair of soulful eyes in the passenger seat.

But, let’s be honest, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing – or should I say, smooth driving – when it comes to puppy car travel.

Over the years, I’ve learned some invaluable lessons and picked up essential tips that have transformed our journeys into unforgettable adventures.

Let’s ensure that your furry friends can handle the open road like seasoned travel companions, creating cherished memories every step of the way.

Is It Safe to Take My Puppy on Adventures at 8 Weeks?

To ensure the optimal health and protection of your young furball, it’s crucial to be mindful of its vaccination process.

It’s not advisable to rush into extensive training and rigorous discipline just yet!

Instead, focus on fostering a learning environment through playful interactions and joyous experiences.

Introduce your puppy to various objects within the confines of your yard or home.

For instance, observe its reaction while petting it during mealtime. Does it growl or remain calm?

Listen to your favorite song together and gradually increase the volume to gauge its response. If you notice anything unusual or signs of fear, immediately discontinue the activity!

Our goal is to witness a confident and cheerful little pup, with its tail wagging constantly in delight.

The early socialization period from 8 to 12 weeks is a precious time to shape their character and build their confidence, paving the way for a harmonious journey ahead.

What Steps Should I Take to Ease My Puppy’s Car Anxiety?

In order to alleviate your puppy’s car anxiety, there are certain actions you can implement to create a more relaxed experience.

Begin by avoiding starting the engine and allow your furry friend to explore the car’s interior.

Cradle your little pup in your arms and sit together on the back seat, creating a sense of security (for an extra level of fun, consider using a car ramp designed for small dogs).

If your beloved pooch seems happy and meets your expectations, repeat the process the next day, but this time transition to the passenger seat or leave it briefly alone in the car to observe its reaction.

Should you notice any signs of aggressive behavior, try using dog toys to divert their attention and promote a more positive experience.

At the end of this experiment, take a moment to reflect on the results and evaluate whether your pup is ready for the next step.

Each furry friend is unique, so trust your instincts and make decisions based on what’s best for your precious companion.

Buckle Up, Pups! Taking a Test Drive in the Neighborhood

Before we embark on a short drive, ensuring safety measures for our newest passenger is of utmost importance.

Should we opt for a car seat, crate, or harness for our adorable young traveler? I don’t like the last option and I don’t think it’s the best solution.

It’s advisable to slightly crack open the windows, allowing a gentle breeze to enter.

If you decide to switch on the air conditioning, take care to ensure that your pup is not directly exposed to the cold air.

For safety reasons and to prevent any distractions on the road, it’s best to have your little companion seated in the backseat.

If a trusted friend or family member can accompany them, even better.

Maintaining a steady speed during the drive is desirable, providing the new passenger with a pleasant experience during their first journey.

Are You Ready for the Long Haul?

During the long journey, we’ll ensure that our furry friend receives plenty of fresh air while being mindful not to expose them directly to drafts.

Since this is a lengthy trip, we’ll make occasional stops to allow the puppy to stretch their legs, have a drink of water, and take care of their business.

It’s not advisable to feed the puppy immediately before the journey.

However, considering that puppies have a tendency to urinate frequently, it’s best to place a disposable mat or puppy pad beneath them in the car, as they are still in the baby stage.

As your little passenger is still a puppy, they will likely spend most of the trip snoozing, waking up only when they’re thirsty or need to relieve themselves.

By being close to you and feeling your presence, they will feel calm and the journey will go smoothly.


It’s important to prioritize the safety and comfort of your furry companion during car travel.

Avoid letting your puppy stick their head out the window, as it can be dangerous.

Additionally, always keep your veterinarian’s contact number handy in case of any emergencies or concerns that may arise during your journey.

Thank you for your attention and for reading this article. I wish you a safe and happy trip with your beloved pup by your side.


My name is Alen Stefanovic, and I am the founder and administrator of the website "Awesome Sarplaninac". As an economist-trade manager, and web designer, I have a passion for the Sarplaninac breed (number 1 dogs for me). My father has been breeding these dogs since 1990, and through the website, I aim to share valuable information about nutrition, care, and training for both puppies and adult dogs. Whether you're a new or experienced owner, you'll find plenty of helpful tips and resources on the site. Welcome to "Sarplaninac FCI 4302", and I wish you a pleasant stay.

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