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traveling in the car

March 13, 2009 | By Rroose | 4 comments

I find that Jake and his partner Pup (she's my daughter's AE) dislike riding anywhere in the car. I have ask everyone how we can make this a better experience for them. We have tried pretty much everything and they still get very nervous, pant, shake and eventually throw-up. If you have any ideas fire them our way it would be greatly appreciated as we travel to the lake in the summer and like taking our dogs.
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Cindy E.
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Cindy E.
5 years ago

WOW, my eskie (now in heaven) loved to go for rides in the car. She would look out the window for a while, and if it was a short trip, just look, but a longer trip, she just would lay down, curl up and go to sleep. I have more trouble with my Rotty (Bella) now in the car than I ever had with Reba (my eskie). Bella thinks she can "bite" the semi that passes in the other direction. Well that posses a problem when driving - a 70lb dog jumping at you to get to the truck outside going the other direction. This behavior has been curbed - she only barks now, not jumping. My eskie - she just would bark like crazy if I had to go into pay for gas of something. Then I would get back in, and she was happy, and would lay down or look out the window. She always knew when we were going to we vet tho', she didn't care for that much. They were the ones that gave her shots...

Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

My Eskimo Dog, Grady, has had a lot of the same trouble in the car despite lots of practice. I tried making the car a positive experience, taking short trips, lots of pit stops, etc. but it just seems like he has decided to be an anxious Eskimo about the automobile no matter what. So, this is what has worked for us:
1.) No food or treats within 4 hours before a car ride.
2.) Dramamine (motion sickness medicine), 1 mg per pound taken an hour before travel.

You can try getting calming dog pheromone sprays to spray in the car or getting natural, calming medications, but if it doesn't work, you should talk to your vet about it. Good luck!!!

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