The best way to Travelling with a puppy
Most puppies, when traveling in a car for the first time, will salivate copiously and are usually sick at some point. If you have a passenger in the car who wishes to have the puppy lying on a blanket on his knee and does not mind being covered in vomit at some point, then that’s fine. I would be the first to admit that puppies, wrapped in blankets and held securely on somebody’s lap, often travel very well and probably feel very secure, but it’s not for me! An alternative is to put the pup in a traveling box of some kind—one in which he can turn round and lie stretched out when resting. Straw, wood-shavings or torn-up paper can be used as a bed and will help to soak up any fluids. Always have fresh water available in case the pup gets thirsty.
It is wiser to avoid feeding him either immediately prior to the journey or during the traveling time, providing this is not more than twelve hours. It is a good idea to take plenty of kitchen paper, rubber gloves and a plastic carrier bag for waste—then, if the puppy fouls his bed, it is a simple matter to remove the excreta and to keep the puppy reasonably clean and comfortable.
The car will also be kept sweeter smelling—an important factor if your spouse is not as crazy as you are about the new puppy. If you have children traveling with you, an even better idea is to persuade them to be the nursemaids—with luck, the novelty will not wear off until they get home!
Puppies are very much like children and have a marvelous, built-in resilience. Once the journey is over and they are out of the car, they tend to bounce back very quickly.
Don’t worry if your pup doesn’t want to eat—he will soon catch up with his food tomorrow—and a thing which can help a puppy to settle very quickly in his new surroundings is a piece of old blanket, a hide chew or other article which you have brought with you from his previous home. Don’t be afraid of giving the pup a lot of attention at this point; handle him frequently and talk to him to help build his confidence in you—this is a time when you can be soft with him and perhaps we do not do enough of this at this stage in a dog’s life. After all, things will get much tougher for him later on.