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Old 11-19-2012, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Puppy gets car sick

Assuming car sickness can be normal - should we continue on small little rides - even around the block to get him used to riding in the car?

We do have him in a crate in the back.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Caesar doesnt do too well in the car, he salivates loads, has been sick a couple of times, hes never been in the car more than 15 mins without getting out.

He starts dribbling the second he is in the car before i have even started the engine..

Would be good if there was some way of training this experience, i try to reassure and stroke as much as possible but he clearly hates it
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Keep going on short rides that go to fun places. It's only in the past month and a half that my GSD puppy quit getting carsick. Leo used to start getting stressed at just the thought of getting in the car, and always threw up, no matter how short the trip. After we started tracking training, and car rides always wound up going to a park, where she would get lots of yummy treats, she decided that riding in the car wasn't so bad, after all. Now, whenever she sees her car harness, she's ready to go.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it was me, I would:
a) feed the dobe (small cup of kibble), in the front seat of the vehicle, sitting in the driveway
b) than sit in the drivers seat and play with dog, holding a dog toy (car motor off)
c) start car for a few minutes, and keep it parked, while still playing toys, for a few minutes
^^^^ Do this daily for a week, you are making the car a "party place" and once OK of anxiety stress, drive slowly around the block for 5 minutes, with dog laying on front seat using manners (not up and jumping around).
- I think while the crate is the safest form of transit, some dogs can work themselves sick, in one.
(if the above pre-routine helps, the crate can be introduced at a later time, once the car stress is removed first, and happy experiences are associated)
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Thanks - appreciate the advice. He cannot go to dog parks yet as we are still waiting on second round of shots so the sitting in the driveway and making the car a fun place sounds like a great plan.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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While waiting to be able to go to dog parks you can find other places to go. I take my week old pup to the little league baseball field along with friends and their dogs. I know their dogs and know they are properly vaccinated, and the ball field is fenced in completely, and gated, just like a dog park.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You could also try covering the crate.

That helped a lot with my foster
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Get some Cerenia from Ur vet.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i will try a few of these, its weird because sometimes he pulls away from the car and sometimes he walks right up to the door and waits but once he is in hes not so impressed..
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Get some Cerenia from Ur vet.
thats not going to stop the dog being scared of the experience though is it? im more worried about mentally training him to relax
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't have experience, we've got a car lover over here. But I know that my vet asked about it, and said there was a perscription available. I never looked into it, so I'm just passing it on to you, maybe ask your vet about it.

I like Beaumont's advice here, except I do recommend that if you're going for longer rides that you seatbelt your puppy. Do lots of talking, go to fun places, treats when gets in, treats when gets out, etc., etc..

ETA: You never mentioned that he was scared. You simply said he gets sick. I assumed motion sickness as well.
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Is the pup actually afraid or just car sick? If just car sick you can try meds as JDD suggested. I see alot of young pups gets car sick and just outgrow it. I find crating the dog facing forward just like a person helps. Try to travel a few hours after eating, so less to throw up.


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