Anxiety - In Car

by Mary W
(Southern Vermont)

My 8 month old Pyr does not enjoy car rides! He gets sick and vomits, from time to time he poops in the back seat, and he drools like a mad man! He is reluctant to get in the car, and during the drive, he lies on the back seat, won't look out the window, tries to get down onto the floor. I want to take him with me everywhere, but it's not fun for him or for me. Help!
Thanks!

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Afraid of the Car
by: Donna

Have you just started taking him places at 8 months old? Is he a rescue who had to travel long distances to get to your house? If so, he would be associating a long long ride that may have been traumatic during or at the end with having to get back into a car.

How often do you take him out? Start by having him sit in the car while in the driveway. Give him high value treats and tell him what a good dog he is.

How long are the rides? As you progress from standstill to driving, make the drives short and increase them over time. Make the end of the ride a great experience such as a walk or nice hike or do whatever he likes to do including great treats.

Where do you take him on the rides? Make sure not to only go to the vet's. He'll associate the vet with the ride.

Here is a link that will help you.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/get-anxious-or-motion-sick-dogs-to-ride-in-car/

I hope this helps.

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