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half028 12-05-2013 03:00 PM

Riding in the car
 
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I have a 12 week old GSD named Rouge that is terrified of riding in the car. She yelps and whines the whole trip and I feel bad for her. Is this normal or what should I do to help her out. Attachment 143993


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Sp00ks 12-05-2013 03:39 PM

Take her more, don't reward the behavior? Is she getting car sick? how long are the trips?

Galathiel 12-05-2013 04:06 PM

Start a lot slower. Reward her often : for getting in the car ... sitting in the car... sitting in the car with it on ... being calm while you back the car down the drive. Don't do a whole trip. Break it into pieces and reward reward reward. Just getting in and out of the car for a day (or few)...then sitting in the car with the door closed for a few. Etc.

OriginalWacky 12-05-2013 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Galathiel (Post 4618185)
Start a lot slower. Reward her often : for getting in the car ... sitting in the car... sitting in the car with it on ... being calm while you back the car down the drive. Don't do a whole trip. Break it into pieces and reward reward reward. Just getting in and out of the car for a day (or few)...then sitting in the car with the door closed for a few. Etc.

THIS! Make the car an awesome rewarding place to go. Even if you aren't going anywhere, grab a book and spend a little time in the car, giving her some awesome treats and attention. Then just head back into the house and ignore her for a while. After she;s comfortable with that, do it again with the car running. Rinse and repeat with each step, starting with just moving the car a few feet at a time, then a few blocks, and so on. If she starts associating the car with happy things, she is probably not going to be terrified anymore.

Harry and Lola 12-05-2013 07:30 PM

She is only 12 weeks, sometimes it takes a little longer for some to like the car. I always take my dogs everywhere, even if I am just going up the road to the shops and always took them when I drove my son to school, about 15 minutes each way, so they became used to the car. I remember with one of my GSDs, it took him quite a while to settle in, but he did. Also, as someone else mentioned make it a fun thing, give favourite toy, treats etc.

SummerGSDLover 12-05-2013 08:03 PM

Mine does this also (13 weeks) so started taking him more and now he's quiet most of the time.

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trcy 12-05-2013 08:07 PM

Where have you taken the dog? Riley had only gone to the vets in the car and he would run away not wanting to get in the car. I started taking him to "fun" places and he ended up loving the car.

half028 12-05-2013 09:12 PM

Thanks everyone. I will defiantly start taking her treats on our rides. I've only taken her to a friends house for a little socializing.


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doggiedad 12-05-2013 11:25 PM

i started car training slowly. i use to put the pup in the back of the car
in a crate. i didn't move the car or start it up. after sitting for a while
i brought the pup back inside. i did this many times throughout the day.
at some point i put the pup the car and i started it up. after we sat there
for awhile we were back inside. i did this a lot. then i started moving the car
up and down the driveway. after some time we would drive for 3 minutes, 3
minutes became 5 minutes, 5 minutes became 10 minutes and so on. i also
fed him in the car. when i fed him in the car i would feed him and after he ate
we were back inside. make sure you treat and praise.

loulabelle23 12-15-2013 12:07 PM

Hey jale done the same he was sick wined cried sat on my shoulders everyting u just gotta keep taken her out in small jorneys and itll get easier trust me now he hangs out the window with the wind is hair just talk to her make it seem normal

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