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Car traveling advice/thoughts?

So this Sunday my family wants to head out to the pocono's to look at a potential summer house and I was planning on going with them. We would really love to bring Ninja, but it is about a 2 hour drive from here. Ninja is really scared of car rides. He shakes whenever we go places and I've slowly been starting to take him on shorter rides here and there but I am not seeing too much of an improvement.

Would it be bad if we took him along with us this weekend? Would it cause any type of trauma or anything like that? I really don't want him to be too stressed out or anything and I will stay home with him if anyone thinks it's a bad idea...Thoughts?

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Maybe I am a bad mommy, but Bella shakes and pants on car rides and I take her everywhere! She has been on long trips over 2 hours on many occasions. I just let her get over it. She is almost 7 years old and still shakes in the car. To comfort herself, she will ride on Scudders back. Yes, I said on Scudders back. He is such a good sport, he tolerates her lying on him the entire time, even if it's hours. Their car seats are next to each other, so her safety strap is just long enough to climb in with him.

I would say, go for it!





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My little guy hates car rides. He'll play dead while on his leash if we go anywhere near the car. Mind, the only places we really go are to the dog park a whopping 1.5 miles away or to training classes. Both of which he totally loves. He does get carsick though on longer trips. I've done a 10 hr road trip (and back again) with him and after the first half hour and one vomiting episode, he was fine. He fell asleep and that was it. On the return trip I didn't feed him the night before and so his stomach was empty. He fell asleep even faster.
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Linda- I don't think you are a bad mommy at all!! Scudder sounds like such a gentleman letting little Bella ride on his back.

Marlowe's girl- Wow 10 hr trip both ways!! Doesn't sound like it was so bad.

Thanks to both of you. I think were gonna all go and bring him along. I was hoping others had the same car problems like Ninja and have taken them for long car rides. Puts my mind at ease
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Sissy loves car rides! We have taken her on trips that were 8 or more hours in the car. She will run to get in the car with us and jump up and down for us to take her, too!

We keep it really cold in the car (run air conditioner on high). We wear sweaters coats and I always take a blanket. She has a car seat that she sets up high and she likes that.

We take her blanket, a towels, paper towels, bottled water, two leashes (in case one breaks). We stop often and give her walks. We normally just give her a light breakfast.

If you have a car seat you might try sitting in the back with him for comfort.

Hope all goes well!


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Lumi, I think I would try it too. Maybe he will get over his fear after a short distance and you won't know until you try. IMO, 2 hrs. wouldn't be a terrible distance to test it. When Augie was a puppy, he would get carsick, but we wanted to see how he would do for a longer distance and tested him on what was supposed to be a 2.5 to 3 hr. drive that took 4 due to traffic. He did throw up once, but then just went to sleep. And we stopped a few times so he could get out of the car and walk around. Just be sure to pack extra stuff like water, blanket, paper towels, extra leash, etc like Marie mentioned.

If he gets really scared though, just be super vigilant that he wouldn't take off on you.

Linda, that is so funny to picture Bella on Scudder's back and that he allows it. What a good brother he is! You had mentioned in another thread that she had a love/hate relationship with Scudder - evidently, this is when she loves him? (I think it was you who said that?)

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That's so cute that Bella rides on Scudder's back

Stella loves car trips thankfully. I take her to NE to visit my sister every fall and it's a 12 hour drive one way. She lays in her car seat and sleeps.
If I were you, I'd certainly try it to see if he'll get past the shaking. Two hours isn't that long and you just never know. Good luck!

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I found that while Eva will whine when we first put her in her car crate, she eventually settles down and just goes to sleep. She was much worse the one time I tried to have her in a doggie car seat so now I just leave a crate in my station wagon at all times for her to ride in.
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I found that while Eva will whine when we first put her in her car crate, she eventually settles down and just goes to sleep. She was much worse the one time I tried to have her in a doggie car seat so now I just leave a crate in my station wagon at all times for her to ride in.
Yeah, I think it depends on the individual dog. Many do great in crates, some do best on the seat, others do best if they are high enough to see out the window. I have a friend whose dog does well only if he's on the floor in front of the front seat. Go figure.

All different things to try. The important thing is that for safety sake, they really need to be restrained. (and if they are in a crate, the CRATE needs to be strapped down)


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Thanks everyone Tomorrow the trip and were going to take him with us along with everything recommended. Hope it all goes smoothly and who no's, like everyone says this may help him get over his fear. I hope LOL
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