HOW TO TRANSPORT A BULLDOG IN THE CAR?
If traveling with your bulldog makes you nervous, you are not alone! It would make me nervous too. But car travel can be stressful as well. Follow these tips for travelling with a bulldog to make your travel day as smooth as possible. Thankfully bulldogs are huge couch potatoes, and like to lie around, but they might not appreciate being cooped up in a car for too long. My very first of the travel tips for bulldogs is to go on a nice, relaxing, long walk before the trip.
Of course, never pushing the bulldog too hard. Once they burn some energy off they will be ready to settle down in the car and hopefully take a nap.
English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, American Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and many other snub- nosed (or brachycephalic) pets require special care when it comes to travelling with them on the road.
These breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or high temperatures because of their facial structure and hereditary respiratory issues, so travel is more risky for them.
This doesn't mean short-nosed pets can't travel safely, but planning a smooth trip requires a little extra preparation and attention. This blog will give you insights about how to travel with you snub-nosed pet in the car:
ABOUT THE BULLDOG
You can’t mistake a Bulldog for any other breed. The loose skin of the head, furrowed brow, pushed-in nose, small ears, undershot jaw with hanging chops on either side, and the distinctive rolling gait all practically scream “I’m a Bulldog!”
The coat, seen in a variety of colors and patterns, is short, smooth, and glossy. Bulldogs can weigh up to 50 pounds, but that won’t stop them from curling up in your lap, or at least trying to. But don’t mistake their easygoing ways for laziness—Bulldogs enjoy brisk walks and need regular moderate exercise, along with a careful diet, to stay trim.
Summer afternoons are best spent in an air-conditioned room as a Bulldog’s short snout can cause labored breathing in hot and humid weather.
TYPICAL BULLDOG THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Food: The Bulldog should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval;
- Care: An all-over brushing with a soft brush for 10 minutes two or three times a week will keep the Bulldog looking his best;
- Exercise: Bulldogs are mellow and are happy to relax next to their owner’s feet, but they also enjoy an occasional romp and going on walks. Moderate exercise will help the dog to stay trim;
- Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors. Bulldogs love to chew—most will enjoy chew toys their entire life;
- Health: Bulldog owners should be vigilant to ensure their dog does not become overheated. A Bulldog should not be left out in the hot sun unsupervised or without access to shade and water, and of course no dog should be left in an enclosed car in even mildly warm weather;
BULLDOG IN THE CAR
Now that we know that Bulldogs a more susceptible to heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or high temperatures we need to know how to travel with this breed in the car. Here's what we suggest when traveling with snub-nosed pets:
- Picking the right bed for your Bulldog friend is vital, especially if they suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis, or other joint issues. Providing your pup with a supportive car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
Acclimate pets to the travel bed by working on crate training during the weeks before travel;
Provide plenty of water to your pet before, during, and after the the road trip;
Above all, make an appointment with your vet before you make any solid travel plans in order to discuss your pet's health and any questions you have about travel safety.
- Give your bulldog a familiar toy or small thin blanket to line the crate. A toy with a scent from home will be comforting. A thick blanket might get too wrapped up and tangled in the crate. If you are worried that the crate will be hard and uncomfortable, you can purchase a crate with padded sides.
- Map out bathroom breaks for your bulldog: Healthy adult dogs usually should be let out to go to the bathroom 3-5 times a day (smaller dogs, like the French Bulldog, usually need to go to the bathroom more often).
But they also aren’t stuck in the car all day either. They can get up and walk around whenever they want when they are at home. Make a point to stop and let your dog out every 3-4 hours.
- Motion car sickness by Bulldogs; If you dog gets motion sickness, plan a couple extra rest stops, keep the air conditioner on cool or roll down the window a few inches every once in a while to keep the air fresh. If at all possible, keep your dog forward facing with the dog car seat. The plus side of riding in a crate is that they will contain any messes and they are easy to hose down. Talk to your veterinarian about motion sickness medication you can give before the car ride if this is a serious concern for you.
DOG CAR SEAT FOR YOUR BULLDOG
When using a car seat for your Bulldog problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your little Bulldog close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car!
Prepping for smooth and safe travels may take some work, but you will thank yourself on the bit travel day. Remember our travel tips – a long walk, a fun new toy, crate train if necessary, and take plenty of breaks.
You’ll be to your destination in no time with out a hitch. Happy trails to you and these bulldog travel tips will get you there with out a hitch. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips.
EXTRA TIPS BULLDOG OWNERS
Scott just must have seen everything outside. He sits on our lap when there are 2 of us, or in the front in his car seat, which is high enough so he can see out of the window. French bulldogs are very curious. When we have to take a long ride in the car, I don't feed him an hour before, otherwise he will get nauseous. (And he throws up in the car) This is only possible if the car ride is planned of course. Our car is very low, and scott likes to drive the car, so when the front door is open, he jumps right in! But because bulldogs are often prone to back problems, I think it's recommended to use a ramp or lift them into the car yoursel. (Thanks for the tip: @kingscottthefirst)
I’ve traveled with Lex in a car and plane.. our last trip was international.. Lex has always been in a car and loves it.. outside of a comfortable, safe and secure pet seat which is a must.. if they have anxiety of any kind CBD treats, maybe their favorite blanket or toys to keep them occupied. (Thanks for the tip: @lextheruler_frenchbulldog)
Sometimes she gets hot very quickly, so open the window a little and it will be cool in the car. I always take water with me (you can easily put it in the side). We have been taking them since they were little, so I don't think there has been a problem (Thanks for the tip: @stella.sparklestar.sb)
On hot days, always bring water. Try using vehicles with air conditioning as they often struggle with the heat. (Thanks for the tip @wilma_thenorwegianfrenchie)