After three years of riding in the back car sit, my dog suddenly has a change of heart. He now wants to ride in the front. Just last Saturday, my dog began, out of the blue, jumping into the front car sit. I have a four door Honda Accord and there is not enough room for a big Rhodesian ridgeback/lab mix to sit. He weighs 92 pounds and is very long. He has never done this before. I can't figure out what spooked him. He still eagerly races to my car, gets in, and as soon as I turn on the engine, he is jumping into the front sit. I then end up taking him out of the car and into the house. This is the dog that rode happily with me anywhere, short and long trips. We have done this since he was a pup. Have I loss my road dog? Any suggestions.
A setbelt would work. You can also try treats in the back seat. They don't have to be anything big just a small tidbit here and there. Use commands such as "back" and tell him good boy when he stays there and give a treat. you may need to take several small trips around the block and just keep up the praise and the treats. When he tries to get in the front tell him a firm no. See if this helps!
Ha Ha. Yes, from the look in his eyes and non-verbal reactions, I know he is telling me that he wants me out of the driver's seat. Yet, I'm still left puzzled. I unselfishly gave him three years of my best driving, why change now? :)
Meanwhile, I'll try to regain his confidence with small trips and treats. Thanks.
***Edited By: renuspirit on 10/18/2006 3:46:24 PM*** Reason: typo