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02-16-2014 10:58 PM
middleofnowhere Congrats on your arrival! What a relief that must be to be there.
02-16-2014 07:58 PM
redandgold 110lb GSD? Can I see?
02-16-2014 08:33 AM
pyratemom Congratulations! I wasn't here yesterday but I'm glad you made it okay. I always carry canned pumpkin when traveling. It really works. Hope you survive the cold weather up there.
02-15-2014 02:55 PM
panchovilla We made it to Ohio!!

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02-12-2014 08:56 PM
panchovilla Yeah, I didn't know this weather would be as bad. But thankfully the pumpkin did work. I did let him out without the leash since nobody was around and that made him feel more comfortable

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02-12-2014 08:36 PM
panchovilla Canned pumpkin worked!!! Now tomorrow we head back out to Cincinnati!!! Wish us luck!!

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02-12-2014 04:55 PM
middleofnowhere I had one dog that would hold everything for a good 24 hours on a road trip. Very frustrating although she was a good traveler.

One dog wouldn't go before we entered the ring at our first OB trial. It took two hours of walking and I can't remember if she did anything after that either!

Next trip I used 1/2 of one of those premixed human enemas (cost something like $1). You want to be outside when you administer this, have the butt end somewhat elevated, lube the tip with vasaline (before elevating dog's butt ) and expect action within a short period.

She got the idea after that. It has a much more time predictable result than feeding pumpkin.

Good luck. You did do this in awful weather. (You, I am sure, know this.)
02-12-2014 04:50 PM
ayoitzrimz I think canned pumpkin is a good thing to try. It's always tough when dogs are not used to going on leash or only go on a certain surface. But, I might consider a vet visit if he doesn't go at all but I may be too dramatic. You might want to try just taking long walks in a grassy area on leash with each dog individually and just see if they will go that way.

As per the driving, I know I'm a little late to the party here but we just moved from NYC to Denver (28 hours total drive - 3 days including rests and night stops) with our dog. We made the crate extra comfy, and made sure to take lots of breaks. We made sure to give extra water when we started changing elevation and gave 80mg benadryl twice a day which REALLY helped keep him calm and sleepy.

Twice a day, before we left a hotel and first thing after pulling into another hotel we had really long fetch sessions, followed by a nice relaxing (and LONG) walk. We were tired, and really wanted to go inside, but I think the exercise and the extra walks helped.

Most visitor centers and rest areas have a designated pet area where we played more fetch and walked. Our dog is solid off leash, but you might not be able to let your dogs run around off leash so just go ahead and run with them

Overall, it's not so bad. I take it you have another 6-10 hours drive time depending on traffic and road conditions so you guys should be fine barring any setbacks.

Also, did you prepare an emergency kit yet? I would get one just in case with flares, blankets, extra water, and extra food. Also have a car charger and keep your phone charged at all times. The biggest danger IMO is when things go south and you get stuck.

Good luck! let us know how it goes
02-12-2014 04:36 PM
pyratemom Canned pumpkin may help. A good couple tablespoons worth or more in his feed. The fiber helps them go regularly just like humans.
02-12-2014 12:57 PM
panchovilla Hi all!! Thank you for all the advise!! We got safely to Atlanta Longest 13 hours of my life!!! Now, we are waiting for this ice storm warning to pass so we can get on the road again. In the house that I am in waiting now they don't have a fenced in yard and the dogs are not going potty with the leash on. Could it be nerves because they don't know the area? Pancho, my GSD, has not pooped since we left Fort Lauderdale yesterday at 8:00am. Any suggestions to help him go while we wait to get back on the road? I'm afraid he'll have a pooping accident inside the house I am planning on heading back out tomorrow after 12:00pm if conditions allow it. Thank you!!

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