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How to Keep Your Dog Calm On Your Way to the Kennel

Posted by 4Knines on September 30, 2016

The dreaded day is here at last… It’s time to take Fido to the kennel. Your departure is already stressful enough, so how can you make the ride over a little more pleasant before you go? Sometimes a simple trip in the car can feel like a rollercoaster ride, but luckily there’s a few ways you can make the journey smoother for both you and your pet. 


One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to prepare your dog for the kennel is as simple as a walk around the neighborhood or a good game of fetch. Exercise helps your dog rid themselves of extra energy and anxiety, leaving them calmer and sleepier on the ride over. This is also a great tactic to use if your dog isn’t comfortable with car rides yet.

Toy Time

A familiar toy can help make an unfamiliar place feel a lot more comfortable. Whether your dog is at the kennel or staying with a pet sitter, a few of your dog’s favorite toys can make a huge difference. Be sure to ask your kennel what their policies are before bringing too many of Fido’s things.

Visit the Kennel Beforehand

Before you leave, try to set aside a day where you can visit the kennel. Often times they will let you take a tour of their facilities and boarding accommodations. Let your dog meet some of the staff and get a good whiff of all the smells around the kennel. You’ll want your dog to associate their temporary home with positive experiences and not just the memory of you leaving.

Keep Mealtime Light

Even the most seasoned car companions can get motion sickness. To avoid any unpleasant accidents, feed your dog a couple hours before you leave. Avoid heavy portions, since gorging can also upset Fido’s stomach. If your dog gets hungry before you leave, feed them only a few kibbles. You can feed them a few more once you arrive. If your dog is prone to motion sickness, try using a car seat cover to protect your interior from unpleasant stains and messes.  

A Little Encouragement

A little encouragement goes a long way and this is especially true for your furry best friend! Give your dog plenty of pets, pats and belly rubs before you go. You can even bring along a few of their favorite treats as a reward once you arrive to the kennel. It’s important that you set the mood for your trip to the kennel, since your dog will look to you for guidance.

Your trip to the kennel doesn’t have to be stressful! Make the experience fun with plenty of exercise, encouragement and quality time with your dog. A few comforts from home and a 4Knines Car Seat Protector can make your travel go a little smoother for you and Fido!

4Knines Bio

maggie_and_jim.jpg4Knines was founded Jim and Maggie with their two Dobermans. We make premium, heavy duty seat covers that make traveling with your best friends easier. Our seat covers, cargo liners and front seat covers will look great in your vehicle while providing superior protection. 

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