|Barked: Sun May 27, '07 3:05pm PST |
|Our new puppy drools ,vomits and has a stress "ilimination" each time we took her in the car. Started on the way home. We had purchased her out of town (1/2hr away). They had fed her just before we got there, and never had been in a vehicle before. Really bad experience coming home.
I had taken her on a few short (less than 5km) trips with the same results. trying to get her used to the car: A friend recommended this method. I tried this for about a month and seems to be working well.
Week 1, when you get home from work , after playing and a pee and BEFORE feeding , take a book and your coffee and go sit in the car with the dog. We have a van, so I put her blanket down in the middle of the four captains chairs where we want her to sit when she's in the van.
Just let her roam and coax her to lay down. Once she does, finish your coffee and read for about 15 min, praise her for staying a few times. Do this for a week, rain or shine. Daytime and nightime. Reward with a treat and lavish praise daily just before getting out of vehicle.
Week 2, repeat week one, but start the car after about 5 min and just let it idle for a few minutes. No barfing or drooling gets a treat!
Week 3< repeat week 2, but drive to end of the street and back.
Week 4-repeat week 3, but add a trip to the corner coffee shop, turn off the car, leaving the dog in, get a coffee, when you return, praise if no puddles, packages or messes. If anxiety, keep the dog in the car for at least 5 minutes after returning home with the engine off and praise when calmed, before getting out of the car.
It takes about a month, but now "goin for a car ride? gets the tail wagging and I'm less stressed at the prospect of 2 and 3 hour drives. Each week I make sure we go for our "coffee ride" at least twice, and a longer maybe 10km drive to the pet food store once a week. She seems to be handling it ok. Childrens' gravol (1/2 tablet) about 45 min prior to a moving vehicle ride(I used it for week 4). and definitely an empty stomach help. We've also added an anti-static strip underneath the van which seems to work also. Good luck. It takes time,and patience but it does work.
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