This makes going anywhere that involves a car trip into an epic journey, where you have to pack mop up cloths, disinfectant, and a plastic bags to dispose of the vomit.
How you wish your dog would just sit nicely in the car without making such a drama out of even the shortest trip. Now you dread having to take the dog to the vet, because the journey itself is trial enough. But unfortunately, what's now happened is the only time he gets in the car is for something unpleasant such as a vet trip or visiting the kennels.
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My dog keeps peeing in the car. How do I get him to stop?
Hello Kien, Lucky might be peeing for two reason. The first is due to anxiety related to the car. The second is due to a lack of general potty training. If he is not potty trained, then potty training him at home should also help him in the car. Until he is fully potty trained, he needs to be crated while he rides in the car. The crate will encourage him to hold his bladder while in the car because it is a confined space. Clean up any previous accident spots with a pet safe, car upholstery cleaner that contains enzymes to remove the smell completely so that he will be less likely to associate the car with peeing in the future. Make sure that it contains enzymes. If the cause is anxiety, then you will also need to spend time getting him used to riding in the car. You might also need to crate him if he is not potty trained. To help his anxiety, start feeding him one of his meals in the car, one piece at a time. If he is really nervous around the car, then start by simply putting pieces of his food on the ground next to the car while the car is turned off. When he gets comfortable with that, then set the pieces of food higher up with the car door open, so that he has to reach into the car to eat them. Next, put the food into the car. Teach him a "Down" command and reward him with the food pieces for laying down in the car. When he is relaxed while doing that, then practice it with the car turned on. Next, have someone else drive the car out of the driveway and then immediately back in while you feed him for laying down during the movement. Gradually go further and further distances in the car while you work with him on laying down in the back seat. Overtime he should learn to lay down while riding in the car, which helps with motion sickness and over-excitement, as well as teaching him to relax during car rides, which will prevent anxiety related potty accidents. Dealing with the anxiety can also help with any nausea related to riding, which many nervous dogs have. If you are worried about him having an accident while training this, then purchase a "Belly" band and have him wear it during the training. The belly band will go around his waist like a thin diaper and catch and pee like a diaper would, keeping your car clean in case he pees. Going slow enough to keep his anxiety low should prevent most accidents though if anxiety is the issue. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Not ready to sit in my car
Hello Sonal, Check out the Overcoming fear method from the article linked below. I suggest starting by feeding pup next to the stationary quiet car. When pup is totally relaxed, open the door. Next, place part of the kibble on the door opening and in the bowl, so that pup is reaching up into the car a bit. Gradually move the food further and further into the car over a series of training sessions, until pup is willing to climb into the car bit by bit. If the car is too tall for pup and they are nervous to jump up, I suggest using a small carpeted stair steps, like those used for exercising and dogs getting onto beds. Overcoming Fear method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-car-rides Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Making her sit in the carrier... She sits on the seat in the car or would sit on the lap but we want her to get used to the carrier so that we can travel with her easily and also it's an airline approved carrier, want to train her so that we could travel with her in the cabin.
Hello Akanksha, First, I recommend working on pup learning to Sit in general out of the carrier, if she doesn't already know that command well. Sit - Treat Luring method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Second, work on getting pup used to being in the carrier in general, using the Surprise method from the article I have linked below, if she isn't already okay in there. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate/ Third, once those two things have been practiced separately, practice pup sitting in the carrier when it's not in the car until she is reliable at that. Give treats for sitting initially and for staying seated for a few seconds. Once pup can do that, then practice sitting in the carrier in the garage or driveway next to the car (with pup on a leash if outside), while the car is off. Then practice pup in the car with it turned off sitting in the carrier - while you reward with treats for obeying. Next, recruit a second person, and have one person drive while the other trains, and practice sit while the driver simply turns the car on (outside so you aren't filling the garage with fumes while you sit idle), practice sit in the carrier with the car running. Next practice pulling in and out of the driveway while pup stays seated, stop the car to get pup seated again if they pop up and won't sit back down while the car is moving, wait until pup is seated to move again. Practice until pup will stay seated while you drive up and down the driveway. Next, practice the same thing as the driveway but in a calm part of your neighborhood or nearby neighborhood if your driveway is off a busy road. The driver should only be focused on the road while the other person trains. Wait until pup has mastered the current level of sit before you add more difficulty with the car running, moving, or driving further each time. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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