|11-19-2013 05:17 PM|
We have an old Bluebird Wanderlodge with three steep steps into the interior. I taught our two GSD's to go up a folding ramp by using treats at first and then just the command "ramp" and it just took several tries. I got another ramp for the cars. Even though they both are able to get in any vehicle without the ramps, when they get older or when we do, it will be a learned skill. The young male bounds up the ramp and right into his crate in the car.
Rick in Ohio
|10-28-2013 12:11 PM|
|LoveRescues||I really appreciate the quick responses from everyone. The problem isn't the height of the vehicle (Ford Explorer). She just doesn't seem to understand why she needs to get into this weird contraption. I have taken the advice of using treats to lure her while giving her the command to jump. She is still a bit confused by some of the German commands, but is progressing well. I also try to have one of my other dogs outside with us so that she can see that it's ok for her to jump in. Sort of a "Puppy see, puppy do" thing. So far, this approach seems to be easing the anxiety some.|
|10-27-2013 12:47 PM|
|Freestep||I've had this happen before with young pups. They usually get over it. She may still be at an awkward stage in her growth where she doesn't feel comfortable jumping up. If the vehicle is high off the ground, and she can't quite see where she's jumping into, she may be hesitant. Try putting her front paws up on the vehicle, then boosting her rear up the rest of the way. Eventually she will figure out how to jump in, especially if you place a high-value treat or toy in there.|
|10-27-2013 12:42 PM|
What type of vehicle is it?
You can buy a ramp or stairs and then take others' advice and throw a toy in and give enough running space. We also teach our dog that we are going in "car". Our dog knows what "car" means.
|10-27-2013 12:24 PM|
|Twyla||Woolf had issues with jumping in my SUV. Not thinking about his future size, I made the mistake of just picking him up and putting him in. One day after getting a catch in my back from picking his butt up and putting him in decision was made things have to change. I spent several days just luring him in by stages using hotdogs. First on the edge of the seat, then progressing further into the vehicle. Once he was getting in the vehicle fully, I'd jackpot it and call it a day. Then to speed the entry up, I used his ball, start hard play with the ball, then throw it in the vehicle. His focus was on the ball, not jumping in the SUV. He jumped in without thinking about it. I'd do that with the other door open and closed. He does need more open space now just because of how the SUV is configured, so I just make sure I am parked on the outside of the driveway and he jumps in from the driver side back door.|
|10-27-2013 10:41 AM|
at 8 months old she may not be able to jump in. put her front legs
on the seat. place your hands under her and give her boost.
|10-27-2013 03:45 AM|
|Mikelia||I've had good success teaching them to jump onto a bench or something similar. Use the same command as for the vehicle and practise it until they can do it easily. Then transfer the behaviour to the vehicle. I might need to throw a treat or ball in or pull their collar a few times (and give them a running start) but by this point they know what I want and usually will do it after a few tries. Huge praise when they get it and they always are more than willing to hop in after that.|
|10-26-2013 10:58 PM|
|Mary Beth||I suggest you follow AngVi's advice especially if your vehicle is big. My Sting also was like that at the same age, I have an Explorer and he goes in the backseat. I found it helped to push the front seat forward and push the seat back in to give him more room. At first, I would also put him on his leash and walk around the vehicle - have the door open, and then approach it and say the command - even pat the seat - I also gave a boost to his rear end when he leaped in -and a treat when he got in. He did catch on soon enough.|
|10-26-2013 09:35 PM|
Is it a high jump for her? I have a large SUV and when they were younger I had to give them running space. My boy would still have me pick all 90 pds of him up-
I made a huge deal of "up up up up up "even had to get in myself a couple if times.
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|10-26-2013 08:20 PM|
|volcano||toss her ball in,my 11 month old rides in a crate and also needs help if I dont throw a ball or food in there.|
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