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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My pup has shown signs of car sickness. He has thrown up before and actually defecated in the car. I believe he's afraid of the car due to the fact he gets motion sickness. He starts to drool excessively and paces back and forth in the back seat. Was wondering if theres anything I can do to help?
Hello Anish, First of all, he should be laying down while riding, preferable somewhere low like a folded down seat or floorboard of the car if he fits there well. I suggest using a car riding harness and tether designed for that purpose to secure him in one spot safely. Standing up and moving around can cause car-sickness and thus car anxiety. Looking out the windows and pacing encourages also encourages anxiety and over-excitement which can lead to car sickness. Once you have done that, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Overcoming Fear" method...Instead of getting him excited about riding in the car, try to make the experience calming for him and stay calm yourself in the car. Also, work on his "Down" command in the car while the car is not moving. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-car-rides Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog Oscar is afraid when it comes to go by car. It's been a record that whenever he is in the car he vomits and drools too much. I think he is afraid of the fact that we r gonna give it to someone else. Or maybe motion sickness . What's the solution to this? help
First of all, he should be laying down while riding, preferable somewhere low like a folded down seat or floorboard of the car if he fits there well. I suggest using a car riding harness and tether designed for that purpose to secure him in one spot safely. Standing up and moving around can cause car-sickness and thus car anxiety. Looking out the windows and pacing encourages also encourages anxiety and over-excitement which can lead to car sickness. Once you have done that, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Overcoming Fear" method...Instead of getting him excited about riding in the car, try to make the experience calming for him and stay calm yourself in the car. Also, work on his "Down" command in the car while the car is not moving. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-car-rides Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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When I try to brush my dog he tries to bite me and he flips out. Then the next problem is that when he knows that he is going to go for a car ride he will get so scared that he will start to shake.then once we pick him up to go in the car he drools so much that I have to stick his head out of the window and then mostly he will puke in the car after 2 minutes that’s how scared he is. I don’t know what to do any more! Help me please!!!
Hello Sara, First, if you believe she will bite you work on getting her used to wearing a basket muzzle (which a type of muzzle that will let her open her mouth while wearing it and have holes so you can pass treats to her through the muzzle. If you feel you are in danger also hire a trainer to help you with this. Use her meal kibble and sprinkle it around your grooming tools lying on the floor for several days at meal times. Let her eat the food and touch the grooming tools while you are not near them. Next, hold a grooming tool up and whenever she is calm or touches it, give her a treat. Feed meals this way for a while until she is excited about them. Keep a brush in your pocket and randomly show her the brush through the day and give her a treat when you do. When she gets excited about being shown the brush, then start gently touching her with it, like you are petting her with it for 1 stroke and give a treat. As she improves, gradually how many times you stroke her with it gently before you give a treat. For the car riding, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Overcoming Fear" method. Instead of acting overly excited about the can try to act happy and chipper but calm also. Once he is comfortable being in the car, receiving treats while it is turned off, practice having him lay down in the car (laying down is a calmer position and less likely to creat motion sickness). Go slow with the car, wait until he is calm during the current step (such as being next to the car, or sitting in the car while it is turned off), before you move onto the next step (like getting into the car or turning the car on). Many car sickness cases are due to anxiety and standing while riding. Addressing a dog's fear by making the car something calm and pleasant very gradually, and requiring the dog to lay down during rides (ideally in the middle of the vehicle where there is less motion) can help some dogs with car sickness. You can also ask your vet about medication for longer car rides, but do this in combination with the above training to make the experience better for him. If most trips involve something scary like the vet's or long trips, and especially since they almost always leave to throwing up, he probably has a very bad association with car riding and needs to relearn that riding in the car can be fun, calm, and even boring, instead of scary, dreadful, or over stimulating. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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1. He’s comfortable in the crate at the house. When should I be able to close the crate? Or how should I go about doing that?
2. He doesn’t like the crate in the car. He barks. His barking has reduced in the week that I’ve had him but he still barks and whines just less frequently. He’s quiet after we finish our trip because he’s tired. How do I help him be less anxious in the car?
3. How do I prevent separation anxiety? I’m probably with him 21-24 hours a day.
Hello Kathryn, Check out the article linked below for more details on helping pup adjust to the crate. Follow the Surprise method. It sounds like pup is ready for the door to be closed for short periods now. Barking in the crate is normal - it's just important to help pup learn how to calm down instead, and to not let pup out while they are protesting if they don't need to go potty - but let them out when quiet for a second instead to teach quietness. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate For the car, check out the Overcoming Fear method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-car-rides It actually sounds like pup is improving in the car. Like the crate, it can take time though. Crate training is a great way to prevent separation anxiety. Intentionally crate pup at least three hours away from you and the rest of the family members during the day with a dog food stuffed chew toy in the crate to work on. These times can be broken up into 30 minutes-1.5 hours. Go places without pup some, like on a walk, to get pup used to you leaving the house. Expect pup to protest - pup needs the opportunity to learn that you always come back, how to self-sooth and self-entertain, and fall asleep after a bit. Allowing pup to cry at this age is not the same as when pup is an adult with true separation anxiety. At this age, it is typically just the adjustment of something new for pup. You can also crate pup in another room away from you if you need pup to get used to sleeping away from you. This is not always necessary (although in the crate I highly recommend), but crating pup in another room at night and using an audio baby monitor to hear when pup wakes needing to go potty, can help with sleeping away from you as an adult if that's something pup will have to deal with often. Practicing obedience that requires some distance can help too, such as Place and distance Down-Stay using a long leash. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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