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Hi to everyone,

I am happy to report that Barney and I seem to be over the bump in potty training...thanks for your support and patience!

New situation ahead...Barney "shakes" the entire time we are in the van...whether in his crate, fastened securely in a seat or in my lap...doesn't matter. He pants heavily and shakes.

Our vet has given us a mild tranquilizer to give him 1/2 hour before leaving each day (3 day trip to FL next week)...don't like to medicate, but afraid he will have a heart attack if he does his thing all the way down! Don't know if I should withhold food each morning and just feed him in the hotel the 2 nights we will be on the road...water offered when we stop every couple of hours (hope he drinks some)...crate him and hope he realizes he is OK....according to what we understand from Dog Whisperer...he is anxious and we need to confront the anxiety and as long as we know he is safe...act the part of his leader and not coddle him. I humanize Barney enough to worry that his shaking is a symptom of fear and that I can eliminate it by holding, cuddling etc....not reasonable and sure didn't work on a pre-trip 1 hour car ride yesterday! Any further suggestions?

Marge and Barney:confused: :p
 

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Glad to know the potty training is going better Marge.

Don't have any advice about the shaking though, as Princess is a horrible car dog. (she vomits)

Hopefully you can get this anxiety worked out with Barney, so travelling is easier.
 

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I suggest you try Rescue Remedy . You buy it in a health food store or Some supermarkets and pharmacies now carry it as well if you have one that sells Vitamins and supplements .
My friend has a five year old Havanese and she does the same thing when she drives in her boyfriends car . Not in her car just her boyfriends car . She shivers and shakes ..
I do not think too much coddling and cuddling helps . It just seems to feed the anxiety .. Try to be matter of fact - this is the way it is we are going in the car .. Hopefully eventually she will relax and go to sleep ..
Try the Rescue Remedy ( Bach Flowers)- you put it in her water . It is absolutely safe and it does not make them dopey just helps with the anxiety and stress .
It comes in a spray and it comes in a dropper bottle . Just add the recommended number of drops to the water in the morning before the trip .
You might also look for a homeopathic Vet - they have things as well but try the Bach Flowers first .
You can repeat it is necessary . Good luck ..
I had a freind who said her dog did nothing but vomit in the car the first 4 months of his life . When I met him he loved the car ..
 

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Take him for short rides to someplace to only have fun. And you, yourself cannot show, feel, or think about having any anxiety. The main part of his history with getting in a car (if I'm remembering correctly that he is a rescue or at least not a puppy to start) may be only to go somewhere for something dreadful to happen like a vet visit or to be taken away from somewhere.

An SO glad the training has taken a turn for the better.
 

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I found my Rescue Remedy . It cost $10.00 SO SOMEONE OUT THERE IS MAKING A HUGE PROFIT ...
I guess they think we all just fell off a Turnip Truck . You can buy it aVitamin Shoppe and now Longs Drugs carries it as well ..
 

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OK Guys - I just ordered my Rescue Remedy. I will LOVE you all forever if this works!!!! I ordered it thru iherb.com and it says that you can just do the drops in their water, or even put the drops on the tongue. Which do you guys prefer? Cause I am thinking, how do you get them to drink if they dont want to?? And , do you just give it when going out, or every day? If only when going out, about how long in advance? Thanks.
 

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You are right about how you feel and your pup picking up on that. Now mind you, Oreo has had about 10 car rides so far, and has been okay - so far ;) The only thing I have done is not even think about him getting sick and just enjoy my drive. We have taken him on short drives, about 5 mins or so, then we take him out on a leash and he gets to explore. It is very cold here now, but he loves the snow, but he is also most happy to get inside his nice and cozy crate. He then sleeps and does not wake up until we make our next stop. I can now drive to my parents home, about an hour away, with no worries. I am sure others here have had more experience, as I said we have had very minor experience. I say, try to get Barney as tired as possible, with a good old relaxing walk, if you need to medicate, then do so but I am sure the 2 of you will benefit from a nice relaxing walk too :)
 

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I use the drops of rescue remedy. For Isabelle (the anxiety prone maltese) I try to give it to her at least an hour in advance. Depends on when I know the thunderstorms are coming <BG>. It does help her calm down-well for Belle! Where as my easy going girl Dora just looks at her like Belle , storms just mean puddles to play in, or Mom always comes back home, etc!

I do agree with the person who said not to play in the anxieties though. The more I pick Belle up to love her, etc when she is scared the worst off it becomes. If I just ignore her and act like it isnt a big deal, then it also helps her feel a little relief.
 

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I tried mixing it in the water, and that didn't work for her. So, I just gave her the drops. I made sure to mark the bottle with DOG in big letters, so the kids knew it wasn't for them. (Or I didn't accidentally give it to them)

The dog has her own shelf, and I put it on there as well.
 

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So I can just put 4 drops on their tongues about an hour before we go somewhere? Sounds too easy. Since all 3 get car sick one way or another, even it it helps one that would be nice!!
 

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Just put the drops in her mouth - if she is co-operative . That is one thing Cosmo will do for me is open his mouth .. The bottle says 4 drops ..
The problem with adding it to their drinking water is that they may not drink all the water but you can put some in a small amount of water and take the bottle with you .
MAke sure they have some water to drink after you give it to them - not a large amount but they may want to get the taste out of ther mouth ..
The nice thing about it is that you can repeat it as necessary ..
It also comes in a spray and also a cream for burn and cuts ..
 

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We had a good day in the car with Logan yesterday. I have been trying to take him in the car every day. So I held off feeding him dinner, and brought him to pick up my son. I burried bits of treats in the towel on the seat & he never drooled once!! Not sure if it will work every day but I can always use the rescue remedy.
 

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That's great Laurie :) I think with things like this it does take time and patience. Keep on plugging away and keep him tired and distracted and pretty soon Logan will look forward to car rides together with you :)
 

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That's great Laurie.

We've had 3 good trips in the car, over the last 2 days, with Princess so far.. yesterday was a lengthy one too.

I made sure to take her for a walk both times, so she was pretty tired.
 

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My Resucue Remedy came today - I am so excited to take the pups for a drive. I will let you all know how we make out- thanks for the info on it!!
 

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I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Laurie!

Taking Princess for a walk has helped tremendously as well.
 

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I would love to be able to do that, but since I have 3 of them, it is a little hard to take them all, and the fact that it was 4 degrees here this morning, All we outside it potty & run back in!!!!
 

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I guess i got lucky out CeeCee Pearl not only LOVES car rides but has handled 4' waves in the boat and seemed to enjoy it. She's quite the little fishing dog!
 

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I tried mixing it in the water, and that didn't work for her. So, I just gave her the drops. I made sure to mark the bottle with DOG in big letters, so the kids knew it wasn't for them. (Or I didn't accidentally give it to them)

The dog has her own shelf, and I put it on there as well.
Rescue Remedy or any other homeopathic remedy for that matter, is perfectly fine for kids and adults alike. In fact, it's what I used to use for many ailments in our family. Never, ever thought about giving it to my pets! lol

This 'rescue' stuff is great for all kinds of trauma, fears or accidents that the kids might experience.

It seems like some of you are making some progress with the car trips. I haven't had a chance to get out driving yet... can't drive w/o a ton of pain so its going to have to wait. Mind you, hubby and I will be taking Ricky for a quick visit to the vet's just to check if his stitches are doing o.k. from surgery Tues. He licks like crazy from time to time and things seem a bit pink so there might be irritation there. I just want someone to look at it for a minute and let us know if it's o.k.

I will try having someone walk him a bit before hopping into the van and I'll hide some treats in his car seat. Might work! Luckily, it's a 5-min. car ride to the vet's. :)
 
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