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Old 01-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay I know that Lulu gets afraid of the car. What can I do to make sure she doesn't poop in my car before we go somewhere. Do I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing her to get in the car and go places where to find an exciting? Or do I just let her be un till she gets a little bit older and only sporadically take her out places? I want her to go places with me and feel comfortable in that but I don't wanna make a mistake in the training process either. I need to get her use the dogs how do I do this it I can't take her places?

I'm starting to get a little frustrated that I can't take her anywhere to do any of the training that needs to be done.

Also she's completely potty training has been since she was like 12 weeks old.

Help!!
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry some of that sounded like an immigrant who didn't speak very good English I'm using voice command so that I can keep an eye on Lulu.
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I'm sure that someone more knowledgeable will help out. But - I think you should let her in the car give her a treat and let her out. Don't even shut the door. Do that for a week and then shut the door and stay there with her for 5 minutes. Then stay for 5 minutes with the car running but don't go anywhere. Then go in and out the driveway. Then maybe a mile. If she is really afraid you might have to go even slower. Or she might decide after a week that cars are really fun and you'll be all set.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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glinny beat me to it. exactly what i have done. i would add when she feels a little more comfortable, start small, drive to the end of driveway and back, treat and let her out.
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Desensitize and treat....I like Linda's post above.

Does she get carsick? Or is she just stressed and scared?
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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put the crate in the car . Put the dog into the crate .

go inside , do your emails , have a cup of --- relax .

let the dog relax and unwind . get her in an hour .
bring her out - be cold stone neutral . you have to show her it is a non-event , normal .
In fact bring her in and crate her again even if for 10 minutes . you let her out when you are ready.
If you get all excited and good girly then you put the emphasis on her coming out , not being in .

you keep doing this a few times without the car moving.

then one day you will pack dog and drive 5 minutes round trip -- leave dog in car when you get back

pay no attention to dog while you are driving -

this is about the trip not the destination.

you can put some grated or ground ginger into her meal or a minced meat treat 15 minutes before loading . This will settle the stomach.

if she has a nerve issue you can give her some RESCUE drops on her tongue .

when she has been able to go a bit of distance without voiding or drooling or vomitting then you can let her out - once again the more fuss you make on taking her out the longer it will take . Remember she still needs to board again so you don't want so much excitement . Take dog out , walk a bit , brisk walk 2 to 3 minutes turn around , get dog in for return.

Soon you should have a dog that travels without anxiety and then you can enjoy the rest . Too much excitement makes the dog loaded for the trip home.

You can do this several times a day .
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Great post, Carmen!
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Thank you everyone for your input. I will try to make sure that I go slowly but sometimes I have to force her to go to places like the vet.

I will for sure start practicing
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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In desensitizing her to the car, you want to start with short periods of time.

Car sick puppy has a post in there with a link to an article about it.

I have a carsick dog (adult - has some brain issues for real) and I have had him in the car with me, just sitting, while I was on the phone and he started the lip licking and drooling after we had been in there a while. So we went over his time, without Cerenia on board. I believe the link in that link will detail it.

If you are going to the vet, and know when your appointment is, you can adjust her eating/poop schedule accordingly. ETA - however, nervous poop is always seemingly available, in some kind of colon pocket so there is nothing you can really do about that other than to start reducing the anxiety as much as possible. Cerenia has been THE thing that works for my dog (pills) like I said in the posts linked, but not sure how old a dog needs to be.
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