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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Vomiting

Vomiting is a new issue in the car now. Dexter was great a few weeks ago and we are thinking.............Just thinking..........that it might have to do with the anxiety of being at the dog park. Dexter is not real thrilled about getting in the car now, because I am thinking he thinks he is going to the dog park.

Dh took Dexter for a ride on Friday and Dexter vomited several times and he did not go to the dog park on Friday.

He is happy/healthy and pooping.

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Go back to the beginning, with very short rides that are to places Dexter considers positive. It's very possible it has to do with the dog park - so can you take him somewhere else? Is there a park where you can take him to walk so that he has interaction with people and dogs on leashes but it's not as overwhelming as the dogpark? Tess and Cody LOVE going to the petstore - sometimes we go in just to walk around.

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This is worth a try! Thank you so much for suggesting the short rides and keeping it very positive. I think this might work for Dexter.



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Linda, good luck in heading off a lifelong pattern! It's a good thing you've caught it early on. Poor Dexter. Hope taking him fun places quickly replaces the fear.

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I think Dexter is young enough that you can turn this pattern around. Kimberly suggested in another thread taking the puppy to the car and then giving him a treat, then increasing the increment of the drive and treating. So he always has a positive association with the car.

We have had the same problem with Biscuit, as he associates the car with the vet and the groomer.
Best of luck, Dexter is such a cutie and is just two months younger than my Heath. Such a cute age!



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Although car sickness may appear to be a health issue ,if it re-occurs it can become a learned behaviour problem. The dog begins to associate the car with feeling sick and will proceed to vomit on each successive trip. He has to associate positive things with the car . Sounds like he has learned to associate something bad with the car ride.

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One of our goldens used to get car sick and we treated it by giving her ginger capsules or tablets about 30-minutes before putting her in the car. This was motion-sickness though, not fear related.

Another foster of ours was terrified of the car and would vomit almost as soon as we reached the end of the block. We started out by having him just sit in the car and give him a few treats. We graduated to giving him rides around the block with a really tasty treat as a prize when we pulled back into the driveway. As he got better, we'd drive him to local pet stores or parks for a walk and add impromptu stops at the drive-thru for french fries (he'd get two or three pieces) as a 'surprise' reward. Believe it or not, the drive-thru surprises REALLY pushed his fear aside! EVERY car ride became a potential french fry ride and he became a car-loving fiend.

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Wanda, that is a good tip I wouldn't have thought of. I'll file that one away for future needs.

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Great tips! We have a puppy class coming up on Tuesday. Looks like we got some work to do with Dexter prior to Tuesday or we will have another mess.



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One of our goldens used to get car sick and we treated it by giving her ginger capsules or tablets about 30-minutes before putting her in the car. This was motion-sickness though, not fear related.

Another foster of ours was terrified of the car and would vomit almost as soon as we reached the end of the block. We started out by having him just sit in the car and give him a few treats. We graduated to giving him rides around the block with a really tasty treat as a prize when we pulled back into the driveway. As he got better, we'd drive him to local pet stores or parks for a walk and add impromptu stops at the drive-thru for french fries (he'd get two or three pieces) as a 'surprise' reward. Believe it or not, the drive-thru surprises REALLY pushed his fear aside! EVERY car ride became a potential french fry ride and he became a car-loving fiend.
Excellent advice.

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