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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-30-2018, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on car sickness and barking


Max is now almost 5 and a 1/2 months, he is almost 60 lbs.

just 2 questions:
1. What helps in getting him to stop barking at people?
When he is in the car, on a walk and at home....he barks at people that he does not know.
Just hoping for a way to stop the barking.

2. Where I live, there are a lot of windy mountain roads. He will whine, then gets sick and throws up a little.
This summer I am taking him up to the Sierra Nevada mountains which is a 3-4 hour drive north of me to stay at my aunt's cabin.
I already take Max over the Santa Cruz mountains down to Monterey to visit my mom.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-30-2018, 04:37 PM
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They're a protective/guarding breed so it comes natural...over time if you have him around parking lots etc. (plenty of people around) regularly.... it'll become a part of his day to day routine. If you train regularly with your pup and he respects you-I've had success doing this.....we drive to a store lot Lowes-Walmart....wife goes in the store...I sit in the back seat with dogs....when they bark and I say NO !----they get quiet.. I reward them ....takes multiple trips/outings and LOTS of time----but it does work given must be consistent.

Some of mine in the past would get sick from the motion and movement they see going down the road--if you let them look out the window...when i had them lay down and not look out the window they didn't get sick---there are motion sickness pills for dogs also
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My Gunny will be 10 months on the 4th. In the last month he has finally quit even drooling when even on short car rides. I tried benydril, ginger, dramamine.. He would have his legs so wet that I had to dry his legs off in the winter time before we could go tracking. Now, he's stopped. He is in a RTK with very little view of the outside. And he faces front. I would not feed him in the AM if I knew we would be going somewhere that day. Now it's a huge blessing he is okay as I plan to drive to a lot of training. Good luck with your pup and have a fun trip. Make sure your name and phone number are on his collar in a way that it can't get snagged and come off...just in case.

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If you want to try a "natural" product: Newton Homeopathic's - Nervousness & Fear:

Give this remedy about 20 minutes before you get into the car. It can be given multiple times during your trips.

Homeopathic Remedies are given "in a clean mouth" food or water 30 minutes before or after dosing.

Another thing you could try is spraying Dog Appeasing Phermones on his collar:
Pheromones are natural chemicals within animals and are said to be the chemical that affects animal behavior. For dog appeasing pheromone therapy, pheromones are taken in through the nasal passage of the dog to produce a calming effect on one part of the brain that is connected to the dog’s behavior and emotion.
There is also a collar you can purchase, but I prefer to use the spray..... only when needed.

These products could calm down the barking too!

Hope this helps!
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I won't be much help but if Max only gets sick during the mountain road trips, I'm wondering if it is the change in air pressure rather than the actual ride.
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