Setting the right mood inside the vehicle can minimize stress as well. “Let your dog peer out the closed window if it calms them. If it makes them more anxious, try and cover the window so they can’t see out,” Lippman says.
There are plenty of products on the market that boast calming abilities, though every dog will react differently, so they may require some trial and error.
“Tools like calming scents, calming wraps and classical music can also help some dogs settle in the car,” Lippman adds. Even giving your pup some laundry, a favorite blanket or a T-shirt to snuggle with in the backseat may have a soothing effect, so before committing to a big trip, find what makes the ride pleasant for both you and your furriest passenger.