Monday, August 25, 2008

How well does your dog ride in a car.

You've worked on training in the house and leash training, and you're excited to bring your puppy with you to the beach and everywhere else. There's only one problem: your dog vomits every time you are in the car. Cleaning up dog vomit is definitely not an enjoyable task, and many dog owners fear that their dogs will never be able to ride in the car. There are some dogs that do get motion sick, but there are others who vomit because they are stressed.

The first thing you should do is make sure that your dog is not stressed in the car. Bring your dog, on leash, into your car. Put him where he will be sitting, then sit in the driver's seat. Do nothing else for five minutes. Allow him to walk around and get comfortable with the feel and the smells of the car.

After you've done this for five minutes, start the engine, but go nowhere else. Look at your dog and see if he is exhibiting signs of being car sick, for instance, is he drooling or has his ears dropped. If he is not, continue to idle for five minutes or so. If he is looking car sick, turn off the car and allow him more time to become accustomed to it.

Once he is able to sit for five or ten minutes in an idling car without getting sick, it is time to go for a little drive. Keep it short, under five minutes or less, and try to avoid bumpy roads. If your dog is able to keep his kibble down, increase the amount you drive on a daily basis. If not, you may want to speak with your vet to see if you can give your dog Dramamine, which works well for both people and pets. Be aware, however, that most dogs that are truly carsick often grow out of it before they are a year old.

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