Q: How to help ease my 2 year old lab in the car
October 2, 2008 | By Melody L. | 4 answers | Expired: 2009 days ago
My 2 year old chocolate lab is very anxious and if not medicated barks uncontrolably in the car. We crate her due to our 1 year old son but she loves her crate... any suggestions?
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Oct 15, 2008
Positive reinforcement, yes, and distraction is really good for dogs.
For me, I moved my 2 cats cross-country (Michigan to California and back 2 years later) a few years ago...they do NOT like the car. I gave them Rescue Remedy, which is a homeopathic tincture made of flower essences that you can find at most health food stores (like Whole Foods, for example) - I've even seen it at the Vitamin Shoppe, and of course you can find it online. I've used Rescue Remedy for years, and it often makes a noticeable difference.
Oh, and people can use it too. =)
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Oct 02, 2008
Well I don't know if I have the answer. But maybe some suggestions. First...don't give any energy to her anxiety and try to "soothe" her. Ignore it the best you can. Soothing feeds the anxiety. Second...take small trips to some enjoyable place: a park or a nice place to walk. third...I saw once on a dog training show that they covered up the windows and front so the dog could not see out. As the dog calmed down, they would open the curtain slightly. At the first sign of barking, they closed it. It worked wonders for their dog. Finally...I agree with babes - treat, treat, treat. If you can, have someone do some simple obedience ("sit" "look") in the car and ample treat rewards. (Occupies her mind.)
and don't give up.
Oh...and a long walk right before the trip might work too. I recently drove our yellow lab all the way across the country. I started each trip with an hour and a half walk.
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