the car-sick dog
Having a car sick dog takes the
fun out of travelling with your
pooch. Doing good
obedience training is
a great first step to build a
better bond and trust with your
four-legged friend. Here are a
few more steps that you can take
to quell the car sickness cycle.
As always, before you train,
rule out any underlying medical
1. Crate train your dog. The use
of a crate will not only make
house breaking and potty
training easier on you, but it
will show your dog that he has a
safe place to go and be calm.
2. Use the crate in the car.
If you already have done crate
training, put the crate inside
the car securely and follow the
rest of the steps. If you have
not crate trained your dog, see
rule number 1, or try the next
steps without it.
3. Break everything down into
small, digestible steps for the
dog to understand and retain.
4. Start by just getting the dog
acquainted with being in the
vehicle. Lead the dog inside the
back of the vehicle and praise
him. If he is too reluctant,
wait until he is hungry and
throw a tasty treat or two in
the vehicle. Make sure that he
sees the treat.
5. Once he is comfortable with
being in the car, get in the car
with him (like you were going to
go for a ride) and just sit
there for a minute or two.
Repeat until the dog doesn't
6. Next step is to turn the car
on. When you do this, don't go
anywhere, just turn the car on
and sit in the driveway for a
minute or two.
7. When all of the above steps
can be done without any
hesitation or reaction from the
dog, its time to take a spin.
Just go a short distance, maybe
around the block. Repeat this
process and increase the
A couple of things to remember:
Be patient. Don't rush it. If
you see a reaction from your dog
on step 6, for example, GO BACK
A STEP. There are no penalties
for going back steps. Fortify
the previous step until there is
NO REACTION and then move on.
You can open a window slightly
for some fresh air if so
desired, but it is not
Also, it may be easier for you
if you do this training when the
dog has an empty stomach.
These are the basic steps to
help you cure your car sick dog.
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