[QUOTE=MadLab;7564721]I think you should desensitize the dog to the car and then build up the time you go for a drive.
Desensitizing and Counter-Conditioning: Overcoming Your Dog?s Issues
Using medication is not gonna cure the cause of the dogs discomfort in the car
If really stuck on a solution why not try to cover area where dog is like in a crate covered with a blanket or fabric. Ensure dog can't over heat and if heat is an issue have him lying on a wet towel.
Personally I'd try many things before thinking a med is a good option[/QUOTE
She rides daily. She does well for about 15-20 minutes. We have tried counter conditioning to no avail in the past. I had hoped on this trip she would do ok as we had exercised for 1.5 hrs just prior to the trip in hopes that sheer fatigue would help her settle.
I can't get a crate big enough to fit her comfortably through the door opening. i also feel crating her would actually make her more anxious.
She has general anxiety issues. To put it bluntly, she's a nerve bag. In most areas we have been able to work through these issues with patience and working to build up her confidence and threshold. That said she is still a nerve bag. So, yeah, I think meds are the way to go.
It's not just in the car. When she is stressed she also won't eat. So on trips where we are away for days she will eat little to nothing. We were away from home for 3 days and she barely ate 1 days worth of food and that was on the last day. She doesn't do stress well. And boarding her is not an option.
I really didn't want to get into all this and have a long winded post. I was just looking to see if anyone had used melatonin for anxiety and if it worked.
That said, I do have appreciation for your position.