Dogs, love cars or so you think. In the movies, dog’s always have their heads sticking out of the window and seem to love the car. In reality it’s not always like that.
Why Doesn’t My Dog Like Cars?
Many times, car rides end up in vet offices, vaccinations and other unpleasant things. Your dog begins to associate the car with those bad things.
Ease The Fear
If you don’t take your dog in the car often, the few times he does go in the car being to the vet, your dog will associate the car with the things he doesn’t like. Simply take your dog to fun places in the car.
Your dog will then associated the car with good things, and that’s what we want.
Sit Quietly In The Car
Put your dog in the back of your car, ideally on a dog mat. Give him a time consuming treat. Then, quietly get into the front seat. Sit there and relax, then get out and let the dog out. Do this for a day.
The next day, repeat the process, only start the engine this time. Turn it off and get out and take your dog out. Repeat this a few times.
Take Your Dog For Short Trips
Now, the final step. Get in the car with the dog in the back and drive slowly to the front of the driveway. Then reverse back to the start and let the dog out. Repeat this a few times.
Then, increase the distance gradually, drive around the block, etc.
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