Recently, Mgelika has developed a problem in the car that I am unsure of how to correct. I have a tiny Pontiac Sunfire, 4 doors, that we use when my husband is at work. To be honest, it's just big enough for me, my daughter and the two dogs. I have no problem getting the dogs to hop in the back seat, to sit or lay down while in motion, etc. They are very good in the car. It's when we drive up at home that both of them go absolutely spastic. My Rat Terrier mix (female, 3yo, 28 pounds) will start yipping, whining, high pitched barking, jumping up and down, just basically goes nuts. Well a 28 pound dog isn't too hard to just grab and hold while you open your car door. Now Mgelika has started this same behavior. I took them both to PETCO the other day and they were angels....until.... we got home. The second we drove up and the engine was turned off, both dogs went hysterical. I've tried just sitting there until they calm down - before I open a door, but that doesn't help. The second a door is opened, they both lunge from the back seat to the front to get out. As I said before, with a 28 pound dog it's not much of an issue... but with an 80 pound dog, it's a huge issue. KoKo got out by leaping across into my daughter's lap. My daughter grabbed her leash and let her hop out. Mgelika kept trying to do the same thing, but I blocked him with my arm. He finally had enough and jumped across my arm, landed on the upper arm near the elbow and then used it to push off of. I have some serious scrapes and terrible bruising from it. How do I teach him to stop that? It's like the second they see "home" they go completely insane.
Oh and one final thing, I've considered trying to bring a crate, but darned if it won't fit. It's a really small car.