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Dachshund - Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 23 July 2021 at 15:53


Whether your dachshund is 6 months, 1 year or 5 years old, you will need to transport it by car one way or another. Indeed, for a visit to the vet, for a trip on vacation or for a walk in the woods, your dachshund will need to be transported by car.


So you're probably wondering how to do it? Where do you put your dachshund: on a seat, in the box, tied up, in a cage?

This article will help you learn about the different modes of transporting a dachshund by car and the equipment that will guarantee your safety and his.


A dachshund is a well-known hunting and companion dog. There are nine dachshund varieties and they are usually cheerful, independent, smart and stubborn. They have a lot of hunting instinct and like to bark. Dachshunds are affectionate and do not like to be alone therefore a dachshund suits an owner who socializes his dog well, has clear rules and has the time to do fun things with his dog.


The dachshund has an elongated body with short legs, a muscular body, and the chest is deep and broad. There are three types of different coat types: short-haired, wire-haired and long-haired.



  • Care: The dachshund's short-haired coat may be brushed weekly, a little more often during the molt. The long-haired dachshund should be brushed more often to prevent the long hairs from tangling. The wirehaired must be plucked at least twice a year. This can be done at the grooming salon. 
  • Exercise: Dachshunds are active and curious therefore they need a lot of exercise. If you are walking in a forest area it is better to keep the dachshund on a leash, most dachshunds will follow their nose and listen badly if you call them. A well-trained dachshund can run loose, but stay alert, and especially near roads. Games are also fun for the dachshund, but don't let him run too much after bouncing balls or fetch (read here why fetch is not a good idea), because that can also strain his back.
  • Health:  Hernia Nucleus Pulposis(HNP) is prevalent in Dachshunds. In this ailment, also called "Dachshund paralysis," the impact cushions located between the vertebrae bulge and press on the spinal cord. This makes it difficult or impossible for the dog to jump or walk and causes problems with its stool. The condition is hereditary but usually manifests itself through overexertion. Do not let Dachshunds jump too high, run stairs and chase bouncing balls. It is also important to keep the dog's back straight and well supported while lifting it.
  • Stress: A Dachshund don't like when their owners are going away, or when they are going for a car ride, hard noises and other big dogs can be scary as well. This dog breed can be fearful
  • Tip for all owners: hide everything valuable and the food in a high place where I can't reach it! This also applies to your dirty socks!


Before thinking about transportation safety, it is essential to remember some basic concepts for your dachshund's well-being:

  • To avoid motion sickness, don’t feed your dachshund a few hours before you leave;
  • If you’re staying in a hotel, call the management in advance and know their policies when it comes to pets;
  • Bring your dog’s medical certificates, vaccination documents, and other similar records just in case they are required;
  • When traveling by land, take a break every 2-3 hours. Bring your Dachshund out of the crate and let him get some fresh air to stretch a little bit. Bathroom breaks would also be important for your pet;
  • If all else fails, you can consider using medication or sedative as prescribed by your vet;
  • Make sure your dachshund is used to getting into your car regularly from a young age;
  • To make sure he doesn't get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so he associates transportation with positive things;
  • Never leave your dachshund alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries ...);
  • If you travel by car with your dachshund, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink;
  • Make sure the driver is safe;
  • Make sure your dachshund is safe and comfortable by using a dog car seat.



Only one essential rule to follow: do not leave your dachshund free in the car. He may indeed be injured, fall or bump when braking hard. Below you will see the different means of transportation and their accessories that you will adapt to your dachshund, especially to ensure its safety.



It is logical to say that the driver should not be distracted, harassed, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the Highway Code states that the driver must be in full control of his vehicle, that his "range of movement and field of vision must not be restricted by the number or position of passengers, by objects..." It is therefore important to ensure that your dachshund does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have the solution of using a safe dog car seat



When using a car seat for your Dachshund problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your little Dachshund 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! 



You’ll be to your destination in no time with out a hitch. Happy trails to you and these Dachshund 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. 


  • Pierre is really a convenience in the car. He is already asleep after 1 minute. He never really whined in the car. Since we have your travel bag he feels even better. He really lays down in it. He can also stay in the car for half an hour to an hour in that seat. What I noticed is that yesterday when I took my sister's dachshunds with me they were always very restless in the car. But when one can lie in that seat he felt safe. Pierre must also really be fixed otherwise he is afraid. I think that is very important but yes for each breed. Thank you for the tip:
  • I always have my dachshund in the belt on the back seat. L'élianne's dog seat is still on our wish list. It seems to me that travelling with a dog car seat is much more comfortable. I don't give my dog too much to eat before we leave. I also go for a walk before we leave so that he does not need to be in the car. Furthermore, I always take a bottle of water and a travel drinking bowl with me before I leave (even if it is a short trip). You never know if you are going to have car trouble. Furthermore, my dog is quite easy. I have taken him in the car regularly since he was a child. It goes without saying that I do not leave the dog alone in the car. Especially not in these temperatures. (Thanks for the tip @dachshund_teun)



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