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Old 08-21-2011, 03:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok really need some advice. I watch my friends GSD a lot. Right now i have her for the next 10 days. She is a two year old rescue. overall she is very well behaved. Her issue is when she knows she is going somewhere (see's the leash) espeacially in the car. She gets so excited she howls, barks and generally sounds like you are hurting her. This behavior continues for the car ride. It makes it very difficult to take her places. Once on your run or out of the car she goes back to "normal" I have tried making her sit or lay down and not move till she stops sometime she will but other times she just keeps howling it took me an hour one time to just get out the gate. This is really difficult at 5am when i don't want her waking up the whole neighborhood. HELP!
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bumping this up for you. My GSD does this but only for a few minutes in the car when we arrive somewhere he knows is for fun/training.
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First, make it a point of picking up the leash, carrying it around the house and then setting it back down - MANY times each day.

If the ONLY time you pick up the leash is to take her somewhere you need to desensitize her to that action.

Next, put her on leash, grab a book, go get in the car and sit there for a few minutes. Then get out of the car and take her back in the house.

Same principle - desensitize.

Next step - put her in the car, drive around the block, go home and take her out.

Next step - put her in the car, drive somewhere, stop but do NOT get out of the car, wait a few minutes then drive home.
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I will try that while i have her and pass that on to my friend. I just worry about her driving. when she is with us she is in the back of the truck, but when she's with my friend she's in the car and it really is a safety issue. plus i know it's frustrating to her to have to pull over a lot to try and correct her. Thanks
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