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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