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Have two questions seems like Buddy does not wag his tail very much except when eating ??? Then every since I got Buddy have a really hard time trying to get him in the car,we go to the park,go to the bank(he gets cookies at the bank) we go to the vets sometimes so try to make car rides enjoyable for him.Have tried treats in the car to lure him most times I wind up picking up half a dog at a time to get him in. Have disability's not suppose to lift over 10#.Half of Buddy is way over 10# he weighs about 55# or more, any ideas on how to get him to get in the car on his own???Try to walk Buddy at the park three times a week maybe a mile then every night play fetch in the yard most likely not enough exercise right.Buddy also gets to play with Patches of course Patches is little so I keep him on a Flexi Lead for Patches safety.
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Tail wagging seems, in Dobes, to be at least partly hereditary. At the moment I have three big time tail waggers but they are all closely related and all have behind them a bitch who is respectively the granddam, greatgranddam and great great grandam who was the waggiest Doberman ever. In the past I have had Dobes who wagged while eating, Dobes who wagged when I first got home from anyplace and Dobes who rarely if ever wagged. I never gave it much thought--frankly I don't think it means much.

As far as getting Buddy in the car....are you putting him in through a back door in a vehicle that he doesn't have to do much of a jump to get in? I've had puppies who were pretty much klutzes at 5 and 6 months and didn't much jump to get into or onto anything. Since I drive a pickup and the dogs ride in crates in the back (it has a canopy) eventually they all have to learn to jump in--once they are over 30 pounds they get in by me first putting their front feet on the tailgate and then hoisting their butts in. I toss a cookie into the crate after they have the front feet in place--eventually they learn to jump in after the cookie.

But if you are asking him to climb into the back seat of a passenger car (which is generally pretty low)I'd do it with lots of treats and if you still have problems I'd up the ante on treats and make them really special and something he only gets for getting into the car on his own. Sort of like teaching them to crate--whatever you are using to lure him in should be in the huge big reward class.
 

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Have a Honda have been trying the side door figuring would be easier for Buddy to step in & then get on the back seat have tried the hatch once or twice. I will try upping the treats not sure what I can up too since I make my own treats.Will come up with something he has to get in on his own power soon.Thank for all the ideas.
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Patches Mom said:
Have a Honda have been trying the side door figuring would be easier for Buddy to step in & then get on the back seat have tried the hatch once or twice. I will try upping the treats not sure what I can up too since I make my own treats.Will come up with something he has to get in on his own power soon.Thank for all the ideas.
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You may want to try people food for this. Hotdog, cheese, cooked chicken or liver.
 

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Diesel only really wags his tail when he is being cheeky... we have been lucky with diesel as he seems to love the car and jumps in as soon as the boot is opened
 

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CoAl-s-Mom said:
You may want to try people food for this. Hotdog, cheese, cooked chicken or liver.
Sometimes at first it helps if you open the door on the other side of the car, so the dog doesn't have the feeling it's jumping into a small enclosed area. Obviously you need to have a leash on the dog, so it doesn't run through and leap out the other side. :)
 
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