Most dogs tend to get dizzy when traveling in a vehicle since they are not used to doing so.
If Boston Terriers have not been trained for this, they will get travel sickness when traveling, especially in a car. The internal structure of the ear is responsible for maintaining the balance of the body. Still, puppies are not sufficiently developed to withstand the movements and vibrations of traveling by car, boat, or plane. For that reason, canines experience motion sickness.
In fact, if your Boston Terrier has already had a bad experience traveling by car, it could feel anxious and dizzy when it sees such a vehicle.
Why Should We Prepare Our Boston Terrier to Travel?
We will explain a couple of reasons why it is important to train and get our Boston Terrier used to travel in a car:
Boston Terrier Separation Anxiety
Boston Terriers suffer from separation anxiety when they have Been left home alone for long hours. This is because they are animals very attached to their loved ones who need to spend much of the day with them.
Usually, dogs that develop this disorder belong to people who work all day and are left home alone for long hours. However, the situation worsens when an owner must travel to another city. Definitely, the Boston Terrier cannot be left alone for more than 8 hours, much less one or two nights.
For that reason, many owners of these dogs prefer to take their pets on trips with them. However, they must be previously trained to withstand many hours in the car without getting dizzy.
Small City Trips
There are people who are very attached to their pets and always want to take them everywhere, be it to the supermarket, park, pharmacy, etc. Our Boston Terrier must be prepared for these little car trips.
There may be people who prefer to leave their Boston Terriers at home while they go to the supermarket but still need to train them to take them to the vet as these are often “mandatory” trips. You must take the necessary measures to make the trip pleasant for your dog.
How to Prevent Travel Sickness in Our Boston Terrier?
It is true that the motion and vibration of a moving car contribute to travel sickness in a Boston Terrier, but really the main cause is stress. Many dogs become anxious about getting into a car because they worry about the final destination of their trip. In fact, a canine might think that you are taking it to a distant place to abandon it.
All those concerns translate into dizziness and other symptoms such as:
- Excessive drooling
We must know the following tips that will help you avoid these situations:
Make Your Boston Terrier Feel Good in the Car
Stress and anxiety make the Boston Terrier experience an uncomfortable journey. You have to make sure that your canine feels good no matter where you go.
The first thing you should do is adapt your Boston Terrier to car travel. You should train it progressively until it gets completely used to it. The best way to carry out this process is:
- Get in the car with your Boston Terrier each day for a few minutes. Make those moments pleasant for it either by petting it, feeding it, or playing with it. You should not start the car in this step.
- When your Boston Terrier is comfortable in the car after several days, repeat the same process, but this time with the car running. Don’t take your canine anywhere just yet, though. That is just for the purpose of making your Boston Terrier feel the vibration of the running car.
- Once your pet is comfortable in the car, you can start taking it to certain nearby places. Make sure that these places are fun for your dog because it will always want to travel by car again.
- Increase the duration of the trips each day so that your Boston Terrier is able to withstand a longer trip.
Do Not Feed Your Boston Terrier Before Traveling
A Boston Terrier is more likely to get motion sickness if it has eaten first. Many people recommend not feeding the canine for 6-8 hours before the trip; otherwise, it could have nausea and dizziness on the road due to the movements of the car.
Do Not Allow Your Pet to Be Near the Car Window
Although these animals may like to stick their heads out the window, it is also true that this is one of the reasons why they tend to get dizzy. That’s because they’ll see everything moving faster than their eyes can take, so they’ll get dizzy quickly.
The most advisable thing is to place a seat in the back of the car and the centre. From that position, your dog can enjoy the trip in a more comfortable way.
If you’re traveling with a Boston Terrier, it’s crucial that your car’s air conditioning is working properly so your canine stays cool. It is also advisable to open the windows for fresh air. The air will help reduce dizziness in your pet and make it easier for them to breathe since, as we know, these animals have short faces and small noses that usually lead to breathing problems.
Make Frequent Stops
Maybe you want to get to another city as quickly as possible, but your dog is not used to spending too many hours in a row in a car. You must allow it to move around and relieve itself. For that reason, you must make frequent stops along the way. That will not only be positive for your Boston Terrier, but it will also be a good time for you to rest, go to the bathroom or buy something to eat.
If the city you are going to is several hours away, then you can stop every 2 hours.