|Barked: Tue Feb 7, '12 6:09pm PST |
|I would try a thundershirt. That worked well for jake's separation anxiety and they say it works for car anxiety.
You could also try having someone else drive you around and you sit in the back comforting him by giving him praise and a treat (That worked well on my cat. the praising not the treating). Try taking him places that are fun like the dog park or the beach or even the regular park. He might associate the car with something bad.
Jake was an owner surrender and when i first put him in the car to take him to the vet the day after i got him he flipped out. He panted the entire time and started out the window and when we got out was glued to me like i was taking him off to a gas chamber or something. He did that for the first few car rides. But i always mix up where we ride in the car that seemed to help. One day it was the vet, another day its petsmart, another day or maybe a few hours later the dog park, sometimes we go to Old town to walk. Mix up where the car goes if you can get him to patiently sit in the car and that might help.
If your dog starts to associate the car with something good like jake does now he might be less fearful.
If not you can try the Thundershirt, DAP spray (Dog appeasing phermone) or even petese which is an anti-anxiety calming treat.
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