My 3-1/2 month maltipoo does not like riding in the car. I've tried very short trips putting her in her crate and also using a harness that clips into the seatbelt. She does not like either one and cries the entire time. Any suggestions how to help her enjoy car rides?
my harley loves to go for rides. he loves to stick his head out the window. now sally hates it. she cryes and carries on and on. she has gotton a little better since i have tryed something new. sally loves treats. when we have to take the dogs with us we say"you want to go for a ride and get a treat" and they are ready. we take two treats with us, and they get them when they get in the car. some dogs do not like it and some do. like sonjavon said they do make seats for the car that puts them up higher so they can see out the window.
Is it safer for her if I put her in the crate on top of some pillows so I can still put the seatbelt through the crate handle and yet she would be able to see out the window? Do you think the harness that hooks into the car seatbelt is safe? Again, she would have to be on a couple pillows to see outside.
We use the harness. It took a little while for our dogs to get used to it but now they don't mind at all. Try having someone sit in the back seat with your puppy while you go on short rides. Mine used to cry but did better if they didn't think they were all alone.
I think sometimes they associate it with going to the vet. Usually thats where I am taking mine and they cry the whole time. Thank goodness I am only about 3 or 4 min. from my vets office. Then, on the way home they are fine.
This is one of the "car seats" that I was talking about. The main thing to worry about when your pet is travelling in the car is that they are secured. I would think that a harness and tether system that fastens then in the seatbelt might be safer than a cage - just because upon impact they will not travel as far (or smash into the side of a cage).
Petsmart has some other car seats as well - I did a search under dogs for the word "Car".
It's also possible that your dog is getting hot in the car and may feel a little car sick... make sure that there is plenty of air circulation where she's sitting.
schoolbusgal, no offence to you. i know that you have been a member for a while and i am a new member but...why would you tell the poster to give them meds for car rides. i know benadryl is used for allergies and so on. it also will make you sleepy if you take enough. if she gave that dog meds everytime to calm the dog down before car rides, wouldn't it get use to it? what if the dog really needed. iam not trying to call you out but why?
Why do I have that Barney song stuck in my head from this post....I don't even have kids!
As for the dog riding in the car, I had this problem with Merphy for a while. He used to love riding in the car, but then didn't want to get in anymore all of a sudden. But then I realized that I was never taking him anywhere that was fun for him. So, I started taking him on trips that were fun, and left him home when they weren't, well except for the vet.
Not trying to start nothing here, but dachshandlove I totally agree with you, I never heard of any one giving a dog Benadryl in order for them to get use to riding in a car.now that was the worst advice i've ever heard on tp. no offence to you schoolbusgal but where in the world did you get your info from.you tell me how in the world do you expect a dog to get use to riding in a car if he dope up on benadryl. YIKES! My advice would be honey keep taking your dog for a ride sooner or later he will get use to the car .it took teacup 20 times before he got use to it. just don't mention lets go for a ride. tehe
My Duke hates car rides so I dont take him unless a must. Letting him look out the window during motion would disturb him more. He would throw up seeing everything pass by the window.And lord knows have a panic attack if the wind was to blow in his face.
I put him in a dog crate lined with news papers (incase he pukes) and dont feed or water him several hours before the planned trip and wrap his crate in a blanket so its a cave of comfort and we get to our destination as quick as possible to minimize his distress.
My other dogs will break thier necks to climb in the car and go for a spin.LOL! I understand that Duke dont like car rides like I dont like heights so I respect that.
Hold off on a meal for a few hours so shes a little bit hungry, and lure her first around the car with food(treats) Then throw a treat into the car, let her jump in and out for a few days, one day put a really great treat on the seat and let her go on her own to get it, close the door and then open it, repeat for a few days. More treats, buckle her in while shes eating, unbuckle her, repeat, repeat. Get to the point where you walk around the car while shes eating and get in the drivers seat, get out and let her out.Don't over fuss her. Soon make your way to starting the car, drive down the drive way and then back, let her out.Do that for a day or two, a few times. Soon you can drive around the block, for that, bring out the kong filled with peanut butter. What your doing is building her confidence and building a great association with being in the car and going for rides.