You may think that restraining your Beagle would be counterproductive to his panicked feelings; however the correct canine seat restraint will actually help quite a bit. Once a Beagle is secured, he will remain facing forward, which allows him to view the road and see that he is actually moving which often can cure car sickness for many dogs.
under the age of one year old do best with bolstered car seats that rise them up high enough to look out. Dogs can be secured to these via either the collar or harness which connects to a safety loop; it is dangerous to use the collar since this can cause strain on the neck, so do be sure to use a harness.
For older Beagles that are large enough to clearly see the road without being in a car seat, a simple canine safety belt strap is best. Do be sure that this is properly secured and sized appropriately so that the Beagle is safe and cannot turn around.
Partially open a window
- While there are some dogs that love sticking their heads out of a window, this does not always help a Beagle that is car sick. This is because 1) it puts him in a side-ward position and 2) the rushing air when driving over 40 mph can feel overwhelming to a dog that is already uncomfortable with car travel.
In any case, this is actually rather dangerous and especially for dog breeds with long dropped ears like the Beagle. Sticking his head out of the window over any speed of 40 mph or greater can:
* Cause damage to the ears
- When the long ears of a Beagle flap in high winds for an extended time (10 minutes or more), this can cause the pinnae to become irritated. Also, blood can pool in the ear flaps, causing them to become swollen. This is a form of trauma and with repeated exposure it can cause chronic ear issues
* Cause damage to the eyes
- Tiny pebbles, dust and other debris and even bugs can hit the eyes at high rates of speed, causing injury to the corneas.
Since the feeling of fresh air often does help with car sickness (and it helps balance indoor and outdoor air pressure which can help) it is recommended to partially open the window based on regulating the temperature (next tip) as well as controlling how much wind rushes in and how that affects your Beagle's ear.