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I have a7 year-old Havanese who is low key, wants to please, basically unflappable. She's great in car and enjoys being around people. I adopted her great granddaughter and she is the opposite. She is very attached to me but will not go to anyone else. She runs away when my son enters the room. My daughter was visiting last weekend and she wouldn't go near her either. She also gets scared when she hears another dog barking or even sees another dog. She also throws up in the car. The vet told me to start with small trips (down the driveway, corner of street etc) and build up her time in car.

Anyone have any ideas in regard to any of these issues? Thanks.
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need more info. More history , how old , what was her socialization history.???

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I don't think Lucy was "that bad" but her personality was always more reseved than our male Hav. Lucy is now a therapy dog and LOVES meeting people. Note that I said "meeting" not cuddling with people.

Like Dave asied, give us more information. It's very possible that things can change.
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I don't really know much about her socialization other than both dogs came from the same breeder. When I first met her, she wouldn't come near me. The second visit was a little better. It took her about a day and a half after I brought her home for her to let me pick her up.
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I don't really know much about her socialization other than both dogs came from the same breeder. When I first met her, she wouldn't come near me. The second visit was a little better. It took her about a day and a half after I brought her home for her to let me pick her up.
how old is she, that's all you know?

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one of my dogs gets car sick. It took me a while to figure out what it was. and even though he's a rescue (not a hav, anatolian), one of his sisters lives in a neighboring city and she gets really car sick.

he's ok for short trips, and does better in certain cars vs. others. but he did barf on the way to see his 2 brothers, 1 hour, with some twisty roads. then his sister barfed on the way back. good times.

If it is car sickness, then yes, you can start with small rides and build up the time in the car, but a friend with a carsick hav, hasn't had much luck.

As far as socialization goes, there are several things you can do acclamate her better to people, but all are long processes.
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I think short car rides, like around the block, followed and accompanied with treats/ reward is the way to go. dogs that only ride in cars to the vet or to be dropped off with a sitter/boarding, etc. associate that with 'no fun', I think we have to create more positive experiences with car rides and they won't be so nervous.

I have seen a hav grow out of the car sickness phase, he puked every car ride for 2 years and then something clicked and now he's fine, even enjoys them. I guess a good way to figure out if it is psychosomatic puking or legit car sickness is to drive short trips without many bumps or potholes and keep it really a smooth ride, my stepdaughter is fine unless the road is real bumpy and that will trigger her car sickness if she rides more than 30 min on a bumpy-ish road.
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