Car Ride Training
How To Get Your Dog To Like Going For A Car Ride
Car ride training
for your dog, if your dog hates to ride in your car, will take patience and an
effort on your part, but you get your dog to tolerate, if not enjoy, going with you in your car. Depending on how
much she hates to go into the car will determine how long it will take to get her to enjoy it. But, it can be
Car ride training
starts by taking your dog as close to the car as you can (without a fight) or in
the car if she will go in, and give her food, or a treat, with constant praise and encouragement. The goal is for
her to not be afraid of getting into the car. Once she goes into the car eagerly knowing she's going to get a
treat, or at least without hesitation, you're ready to go to the next step.
If you can't calm your dog when
she's in the car and you have to let her out, don't pet her or talk soothingly to her or giver a treat as soon as
she gets out of the car because that will be rewarding her for making a fuss in the car. Just take her back into
the house and ignore her for a while letting her calm down by herself. Then try again, only go slower and in
smaller steps with lots of praise and encouragement.
When your dog goes into the car
without much urging, the car ride training can continue. It would be best if you can have someone else help
you at this point. With you and your dog in the back seat, have your helper start the car
engine. Continue to sooth and praise your dog. If your dog stays relaxed, and you have a seat
belt for her, now is the time to put it on her.
After the seatbelt is on her, more
praise and another treat. Keeping her calm by petting her and talking to her in a calm reassuring voice is very
important. Now move the car a few feet back and forth on the driveway continuing to give her
praise and reassurance. Then gradually move the car off the driveway into the street and if she still stays calm,
drive slowly up and down the street, then around the block.
When you get her to stay calm
after going around the block a few times you can now do the driving yourself, if you've had someone else help you.
But make sure your attention is on your driving. You can also start taking longer trips. Keep giving her praise
while you're driving but keep your attention on your driving, and drive safely. Make sure you don't have to stop or
If your dog gets car sick there
are a few thing you can do to help. Get some ginger capsules at a health food store and give her some about an hour
before you leave. Also, if she'll eat them, get some ginger cookies (made with real ginger, not artificially
flavored, and make sure there's no chocolate in them) and give her some during the trip. Ginger is one of
the best anti-nausea remedies there is. Try her with both a full and empty stomach to see which she does better on.
If you have room in your car for a crate, and your dog is crate trained, she might do better in a crate than in a
Make your first destination a fun place for your dog so she looks
forward to going there. Always give your dog praise when she gets into the car at least until she's eager to jump
Sometimes you might just have to
put her in the car and take her while you still doing the car ride training. That's OK, but still give her
reassurance to keep her calm and praise if she stays calm.
It may only take a day, or it may
take a week or more depending on what kind of bad experiences she has had in the car. But if you are persistent and
patient, you will end up with a dog that likes to go with you for a car ride.
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