a successful car ride and visit to Dr. B in sight. I looked at him in the
dogs primarily because the ear structures used for balance are not fully
matured yet. There are many adult dogs that
still experience motion sickness long after the ear structures develop
make travel easier and more fun for you and your pooch.
for a physical and to discuss the issue.
first few appointments may be a little stressful so consider
forward during travel to eliminate sickness.
A secure doggie seat belt will help with proper placement.
purpose (would you be?) so never punish or ridicule a pet with motion
sickness. A simple “That’s okay, we’ll
clean it up when we get home.” or “Does your tummy feel better now?” in a
soothing voice may make you & the dog feel a little better.
Now open the car door and offer the yummy treat. Working slowly
the car or have her jump into the seat as yummy treats rain down.
comfortable for Sadie and her tummy. If she does suffer nausea don’t
work forward from there.
traveling. This will help equalize air pressure in the vehicle and allow
direction and on full blast! Keeping fresh air moving is key to keeping
offering one or two gingersnap cookies 15 minutes before your next car trip.
reinforcer that car travel equals fun trips to the dog park,
car together. Some pooches feel more
secure if their playmate is with them on car trips.
want to discuss the option of medication with your vet.
without first discussing it with your vet.
Anti-nausea drugs, antihistamines and phenothiazine all work to calm
nervous tummies and riders. But as with
any medication therapy, it should be an owner’s last option for treatment.
Bailey is in the small percentage of pooches for which the above classical
conditioning and natural remedies have not been effective. He
does require medication for even the shortest trips.
spontaneous for Bailey) and a positive attitude can help both
travel. They may foul a vehicle through
no fault of their own but because of a previous traumatic experience.
car? As with motion sickness, the animal
should never be punished for this behavior.
Please speak with your vet about this behavior, seek help from a
certified animal behaviorist and ask your local positive reinforcement trainer
for tips on classical conditioning.
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