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Car Travel Constant Barking

I've had Gleeson for six weeks. The day we brought him home he barked all the way home, about two hours. I've taken him on small trips trying to get him used to the car. I've changed to a smaller crate, tried am Thundershirt, covering the crate sitting in the back with him, nothing works. I am taking him to puppy kindergarten, last week he barked constantly for forty minutes. My vet suggested I try Benadryl, 1/4 tablet (he weighs five lbs and is going to be 15 weeks old tomorrow. My breeder says she has never heard of one barking constantly like this, any suggestions? Has anyone tried Benadryl? Thanks!
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My guy used to be a car barker when he was a puppy. All the way to dog training in fact! I ignored him, but it was painful sometimes. I gave him dog treats in the car. Eventually he stopped doing it. I dont know about benadryl - maybe wait and see if he grows out of it and try giving him a dog treat when you put him in the car? Maybe try a kong with peanut butter or a favorite treat?
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I did try the Kong with peanut butter...totally ignored it. Good to know I'm not the only one and good to know there is hope he will outgrow. He's not especially great motivated, although I've only been giving him his kibble as treats. Thanks for your reply!
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I don't have the barking issue, but the anxiety of it with Chloe. She was introduced to the car early on, hoping she would like it. I got her a really nice comfy car seat too, but I think it's motion sickness with her. Also I get the occasional vomiting afterward and this is 4 hours after her meal. I want to travel long distance with her in a car, but not sure how she would do with that.


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I did try the Kong with peanut butter...totally ignored it. Good to know I'm not the only one and good to know there is hope he will outgrow. He's not especially great motivated, although I've only been giving him his kibble as treats. Thanks for your reply!
Kibble as treats wont do it, sorry

You have to find out what his high value treat is and use that. For my guy it's chicken breast and freeze dried liver (or chicken, any of the freeze dried pure bites). It has to be something they will go crazy for to get them motivated.

He may eventually go for the peanut butter kong once he gets older. That didnt work with my guy either at first but now he loves it. When they are little and in that anxious state not much will divert them until they settle down, but for my guy he would at least stop for chicken. With training etc they get more confidence and eventually stop.
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High value treats that work for Emmie are string cheese and hot dogs.

I would recommend giving Gleeson a high value treat that he ONLY gets in the car so it makes it even more valuable.

Good luck.

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You might consider consulting a behaviorist. They be able to answer the 'why' of it.

Benadryal is safe and effective, but honestly, the drowsiness some times makes the dog wary, which may not stop the barking. I would skip the benadryl as it would only be masking the underlying issue.

Distraction is good (treats) and I think perhaps you should consider making 'barking' a trick, which means you pay him to bark. For my half hav, he doesn't do anything for free. He actually didn't bark at all as a pup, until I taught him to bark on cue. oops. he barks now, but rarely and usually only if you pay him (treats).
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I brought my little one home at 10 weeks. I took her in the car with me from the start. At first, she cried and cried everywhere we went. She has calmed down but still occasionally she poops her car seat while barking and crying. So upsetting. She is then so poopy that I have to take her out of the seat, wipe her off (I carry water and cloths) and clean up the car seat. I now put puppy pads on the bottom of the car seat... just in case. She has done this also when she gets worked up in her ex-pen. BTW... I have always made sure she has had a poop before we go anywhere. Anyone else have this problem?
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