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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 09:01 PM
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You can counter-condition with the destination instead of treats -- but keep the rides very short (not 6 hours) and frequent (several times a week). Frequent, very short drives to a dog-park or safe, fenced field for a rousing game of fetch turned into a great reward for one of mine that didn't like to ride but loved to fetch off-leash. Now he thinks every ride means going somewhere super-fun, so he's happy.

Frequent, short rides (like just around the block, to start out) help de-condition the nausea some dogs get too. I had one that always hurled in the car on short local trips who now can ride cross-country on multi-day car trips -- we worked him from trips around the block to short trips to good places.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Michelle Asker View Post
So, if I were to use the suppliments regularly, it would be a bad idea to give him the trazodone for a car ride? I wasn't aware that would be a problem.

Trazodone is an antidepressant that effects chemicals in the brain. The type of supplements I suggested, mixed with trazadone can cause adverse effects:

Example: "Using trazodone together with valerian may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating." (per drugs.com)
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Two separate friends of mine have been floored with the good results they’ve had using Purina Calming Care. One is a veterinary professional, the other a breeder/sport competitor.


It may be something to research and consider.
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