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12-17-2013 07:11 PM
middleofnowhere Congrats on the successful road trip!
12-17-2013 06:28 PM
ScousePete Thanks for everyone's input. We bought a travel crate but ended up not using it. We alternated with Anka on our lap for the journey and she was perfect! The whining lasted only 5 or 10 minutes, then she settled down and napped most of the way here.

It certainly helped with the bonding, maybe too much as she starts to cry if one of us are not in the same room with her now!
12-11-2013 03:53 PM
JakodaCD OA My rides have always been around 2 hours or less, usually with the puppy in my lap, makes for great bonding))

BUT I also bring a crate just in case..
12-11-2013 01:15 PM
wolfy dog Sitting in the back seat on a thick layer of towels with puppy on my lap or next to me. Never in a crate. Keep clean up supplies within reach, along with some good chewies for entertainment if he is awake. I also use the car ride to get him used to a collar. Have fun!!!
12-11-2013 11:03 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Wow, in NC and surrounding states I can't think of any road that does not have plenty of exits. But I would not worry about it for a 2 hour drive since the pup has not been fed.
Normally I would agree. My two least favorite roads and I have to hit them both. I call them twilight zones. US HWY 64 between Pittsboro and Siler city. Then US 421 between siler city and Greensboro. Long, straight, boring very few placed to get off the hwy.

I'm sure I can come up with something. It's not really that big of a deal. Maybe I need to simply go a different way.
12-11-2013 10:42 AM
jessjeric I had a 4, 4.5hr drive home from the breeder's with my 8 week pup and I did it alone in one day. She laid on my lap the whole time & mostly just slept. She got car sick once but aside from that had no accidents whatsoever but I had a towel on me and paper towels in the glove box just in case. I think having that long, quiet time together really helped to kick start our bond with each other.

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12-11-2013 07:17 AM
Momto2GSDs When we put our boy in the car to drive from the breeder’s to the hotel for the nite, he screamed for a solid 10 minutes until we got there! And, we had a 1,700 mile trip in front of us!

After we got him settled down for an hour or so at the hotel, we took him back out to the van we rented, opened all of the doors and let him walk around in it, get in and out, played with him, turned the car off and on several times, and eventually fed him his dinner in the van. Next morning we got up early and repeated the same thing, minus the meal, taking our time to allow him to explore the van again. We also brought along Homeopathic Remedies, Bach Flower Essence and Herbals. Before we left, we gave him (one dose) 2 dropper’s full of Bach Rescue Remedy (available at a health food store), and about 20 minutes after that, we gave him the Homeopathic called Cocculus indicus 30X (3 pellets dissolved) every 10 minutes for 3 doses before we put him into the car. This can be repeated every hour if you think the pup/dog needs it. The Bach can also be repeated as needed for anxiety. He whined a couple of times, then laid down and went to sleep! He’s been a fantastic traveler ever since!
Homeopathic remedies are completely safe with no unwanted side effects and are even given to babies.

Cocculus indicus 30X can be purchased at a health food store (not GNC). They usually will carry the brand name Boiron. It is in a little blue plastic vial, about $6. They are little round very hard globules. You can dissolve them in a teaspoon full of non-chlorinated water, and then just gently pull open the side of his lip and drizzle into mouth, which is absorbed into the system thru the soft mouth tissues. They take a while to dissolve in water if whole, so prepare them early have them ready in little paper cups for the 3 doses you will use. You can also crush them in-between 2 metal spoons (you can take with you) and just put the powered in his cheek pocket to dissolve in his mouth.

If he is nauseous and/or anxious, you can also give another Homeopathic called Argentum nitricum in the same fashion, but separately from the Cocculus.

Good luck and congrats on the new pup!

12-11-2013 06:45 AM
jocoyn Wow, in NC and surrounding states I can't think of any road that does not have plenty of exits. But I would not worry about it for a 2 hour drive since the pup has not been fed.
12-11-2013 06:26 AM
Sp00ks Well timed thread. We pick our new pup up in a few weeks. 2hr drive. The breeder said she doesn't feed them on the day we pick them up so they have a better chance of not getting sick. Plan on a couple stops. I'm having trouble figuring out where to stop. Not much between us and her and I don't want to stop along the highway. Seriously, no exits to speak of. Two very long stretches of nothing except on both ends of the journey.

To Chicago: Our last Shepherd would NOT go on a trip. She was really bad about it. We tried and tried but even as an adult she would never go until we got to our destination. We took a 10 hour trip with her and she didn't go until we got there. Then pee'd a river. Strangest thing I have ever seen.
12-11-2013 05:44 AM
jocoyn I had a 10 hour drive. I borrowed a more appropriate sized crate from a friend and when we stopped for potty breaks, I did it areas where folks with dogs were less likely to stop.

We ignored the original hollering and he settled right down.

The breeder gave us some of his favorite chewy toys for the trip.
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