If you have to spell out the word C-A-R or R-I-D-E, your dog is probably overly eager to go with you. On the other hand, if you are pulling your dog by the leash to get him into the car, you may need to spend some time working on teaching him to enjoy going for a ride. Getting in the car is necessary even if it's only for veterinary appointments. But there are probably other places you will need to take your dog, whether it's to the groomers, for boarding, to a dog park to socialize, or to puppy training classes. The number of times you could potentially have your dog in the car is endless. If your dog doesn't enjoy being in the car, it could be because he feels ill, he may not be used to the motion, or he's not sure what to do while he's in the car and unable to be close to you.
Teaching your dog to like car rides is about making him feel comfortable and repeating the process, so he knows that he is safe and you are with him. He will also know if the journey is not fun, at least there will be a reward at the end of the trip. Turn your car into a place your dog would like to be. Keep a soft blanket on the seat where you would like him to sit. Take his favorite toys with him, so he has emotional comfort as well. Be sure to make your car safe for your dog, whether you are using a harness and the seat belt or a dog carrier, depending on your dog's size. If your dog is anxious because he feels sick, you can lift him higher with a seat or a crate, so he can see out the window. Preparation before going on a car ride with your dog is key. If your dog is truly afraid of being in the car, you will want to take short trips before you move on to a long-planned trip.
To get started, you are going to need a vehicle your dog can be safe and comfortable in. A blanket or a chew toy, or even both, to take with you would benefit your dog. A leash and/or a harness for stops will be imperative, so if your dog bolts when open the door, you don't lose control over him. And be sure to have lots of treats handy so you can reward him for a job well done.
cant take her out in car just screams all the time we.we just got her in may her master died. my sister is 84 and took her in ,we are house bond we love to go for car rides, tried seat belts we had a trainer for this but she told us to take her out and ignore her barking and she will settled down. It has been months no luck we keep trying . She is anxious when we go out
and chews her front paws.
what can we do?
Hello Evelyn, Cinnamon needs to be desensitized to car rides. Start feeding her her meals near the car. Close enough that she notices the car, but not so close that she will not eat. Practice this until her seems totally relaxed around the car. As she gets more comfortable, then move the food closer to the car overtime and open the door while you feed her. Keep the car turned off for this. Next, feed her on the floor board of the car, right inside the door, with the door open or closed, whichever she is more comfortable with. Stand outside the car or sit in the backseat but don't get in the front seat yet. Add extra fun treats to her food the first few times that you feed her in the car. Practice this for a long time, until she can completely relax in the car. If she won't eat, then try playing her favorite games and with her favorite toys or practice feeding her outside of the car for longer first. When she can handle eating in the car without anxiety, then close the door. Next, turn the car on but don't go anywhere. When she can handle the noise, then drive the car just a few feet. Just enough for her to feel the movement and then for it to stop. Gradually increase how far you go overtime while she is relaxed. Finally, when she can drive around your neighborhood and stay calm, take her to other locations. Start with calm pleasant locations only. Avoid places that scare or over-excite her while you are doing this. When she can ride, then have one person sit in the back with her and have her lay down during car rides. Start teaching her the "Down" command while the car is stopped at first, and progress to movement with her laying down during rides, until she learns a habit of it. Laying down will help her not to get overly excited or anxious and it will help prevent car sickness, which can contribute to her anxiety. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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