|Barked: Tue Mar 15, '11 7:14pm PST |
|Get them used to the car when it's off. Use a high value treat and put it on the seat, then gradually work up to giving them the treats while in the car with the engine off. This could take a long time, but be sure that if they start to get nervous take them out and wait a while then try again. When they are calm enough with the engine off, turn it on a treat again, then turn it off. gradually work up until they can calmly sit in the car with the engine running then put it in gear, begin to move, etc. Keep the sessions short and fun, include a favorite toy in the process.
That's what I did with Conker. He's still not 100% fond of the car but he doesn't have any problems riding once he's gotten in. It may or may not work for your dogs, each one is different.
Another thing you could try is the Thundershrit. I've heard a lot of good stuff about it, and maybe something like Rescue Remedy but I didn't have much luck with RR. The Thundershirt uses some sort of pressure to calm the dog and can be used for anything stress related. I'd look that up and see if it's be an option.
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