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Taking puppy home tomorrow - tips for car ride?

We are picking up our 10 week old little girl tomorrow. I have about a 2.5 hour car ride to get her home from the breeders. My dad is driving with me so I won't be alone (this is a nice bonus for some " retro " father daughter time). Any words of advice, caution, etc? She hasn't really been crated at the breeders (x-pen) and has only had some brief car rides to the vet. Thanks!
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bring towels and hold her on your lap. has she ever been in a car?

we had a 10 hour drive home after we got our hav... with 2 kids also. lol

HAVE FUN!!!!

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I second the towels and letting her sit in your lap. She will bond with you faster. Don't forget the collar and leash so she can pee or poo. Make sure she is not fed that morning (prior to picking her up). Snuggle pup up in something soft. Oh what fun! The memories of little pups......you have your work cut out for you for the next year! Happy times!



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I had a friend drive when I picked up Beau -- so that we could snuggle and get to know each other (it was only an hour or so ride). It worked for me! And, strangely I think -- he also bonded with my friend who drove us!! He doesn't see her very often, but when he does, he is over-the-top excited. He doesn't whimper with joy for just anyone . . .

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Take a small blanket or towel to rub on Mommy and the other pups. Their smell will give your new pup a little bit of comfort/familiarity during an intimidating new experience. Be prepared for possible car sickness.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. It's so exciting!! Enjoy your first meeting with your sweet new girl!

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I'll be the voice of opposition here. Your lap is NOT a safe place for your puppy. Get a cosy, soft-sided carrier and have the puppy ride home in that.

It's a shame your breeder didn't already introduce the pup to a carrier, but it's stillbetter safe than sorry.


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Just on the odd chance that you get a car puker....bring LOTS of wet wipes (towels, paper towels, etc.). I thought I brought lots with me and we ended up going through everything I brought in the first 10 minutes...basically by the time the hour or so drive ended...there was puke everywhere. Poor guy. Poor me. Poor car. What a mess. I swear, me and my baby bonded in puke.

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I'll be the voice of opposition here. Your lap is NOT a safe place for your puppy. Get a cosy, soft-sided carrier and have the puppy ride home in that.

It's a shame your breeder didn't already introduce the pup to a carrier, but it's stillbetter safe than sorry.
yeah I agree , this is something breeders should be doing prior to delivery. A systematic desensitization is so easy to do, and at an early age it can be the difference between having a dog that loves car rides or one that gets anxious or sick all the time. If you pup hasn't had any "experience" prior , I might tend to bend the safety rules this once , just to give a positive experience for the little booger. Sue me if something bad happens . lol

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Within days of arriving home safely hopefully ,lol, here is a program for desensitization.

Although car sickness may appear to be a health issue, if it re-occurs it can become a
learned behavior problem. The dog begins to associate the car with feeling sick and will
proceed to vomit on each consecutive trip.
Treatment for Car Sickness
If the dog is afraid to get into the car follow this desensitization program.
Leave both the driver's side and passenger doors open. Place a trail of small healthy
treats from the door of the house, into the car and out the other door. The treats
should get bigger as you get closer to the car, largest and tastiest in the car and
smaller on the way out. Use a long life line for safety purposes when necessary and
let the dog set the pace. If you push him. you'll slow down your progress.
When this step is successful, close the passenger door and allow the dog to follow
the trail of treats in and out of the car with one door closed.
Next, stand beside the driver's door as the dog follows the trail in and out of the car.
Now you can place a special treat on the seat where the dog will sit, using
something that will take more time for the dog to eat. When he gets into his seat,
slip in beside him and close the door. As soon as the dog finishes his special treat,
open the door and allow him to get out.
Now you can begin to desensitize the dog to the moving vehicle.
Get in the car beside the dog, feed him a few small healthy treats and get out.
Get in the car beside the dog, turn on the engine, feed him a few treats, turn off the
engine and get out.
Next leave the engine on for five minutes, slowly feeding him treats and get out.
Get in the car beside the dog, turn on the engine, back down the driveway, drive
back up, feed the dog a few treats and get out.
• Next go to the end of the block and follow the same pattern.
Now, go around the block and follow the same pattern.
If the dog drools or vomits, you've moved too quickly. Pretend it did not happen,
take a break, go back to your last point of success and proceed more slowly. If you
get upset, you'll add to the negativity of the experience.
At this point you'll want to make the destination of your first trip special tor the
dog, to create a positive association with the car. Take the dog to the park for a
game of 'fetch/ or to visit his favorite friend.
A dog that gets sick ever}' time he gets into a car is conditioned to get sick, and we
have to change this conditioning. After spending time in the car again and again, the
dog will no longer associate the car with feeling sick. It's crucial to increase time
and distance gradually, but the more repetitions you can fit in, the quicker you'll
solve the problem. Praise and reward the dog for each step of progress and ignore
any negative behavior.
In some cases "Gravol" can help but only use it at the advice of your veterinarian. In
other cases, putting newspaper on the dog's seat can help due to the charcoal in the
paper. In all cases, it's important to set the dog up to succeed by moving slowly,
keep the excitement level low and eliminate all negativity.

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I see you are from New Jersey. You might want to google the pet seat belt law in your state.
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