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Dog Carsickness May Be Due To A Past
While car sickness is not
considered a dog behaviorial problem, it sure is
something that is just as important to deal with as any type of other
issue with your dog. Having to clean up your puppies mess with
every car ride is no fun at all.
A dog that gets carsick is a genuine victim of motion sickness which is
dogs. One particular dog behavior linked to car sickness is when a
leader-type animal becomes ill as a psychosomatic
response to its inability to control its circumstances, or one that has
experienced traumatic punishment in a car or at the journey's
A prime example of a trauma victim is a dog that always gets
ill on the way to the veterinarian, but seldom on the way home.
In several cases, this predictable reaction can be used as a dog
training correction. The dogs should be driven away from home, in
direction from the clinic, then back toward home and thence on to the
doctor. No illness will occurr. Different routes can be
Most carsickness cases are not so easily corrected. Where no
emotional basis is found for the problem, administration of motion
sickness medication has proved helpful. If excessive salivation
accompanies vomiting, atropine sulfate (by veterinary prescription) may
alleviate the problem. In cases involving behavioral
relationships, a combination of general environmental and leadership
Most of the carsickness cases encountered by professionals involve a
leader-type dog. Therefore, the first step toward correction is
for the owner to gain a dominant leader position. Together with
teaching a few simple commands, all general petting of the dog must
cease. Any solicitation for attention by the dog must be
countered by a command, with a few seconds of petting and praise if the
dog responds appropriately.
This regimen impresses on the dog that the owner is in control of the
general tenor of life. In addition to command training, the dog
should be taken for an upbeat car ride around the block at least twice
daily. The owner should act jolly toward the dog throughout the
ride, reinforcing happy behavior. These trips may then be
extended in time and distance over a 6-week period, after which
permanent correction is usually achieved.
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Dog Carsickness May Be
Due To A Past Traumatic Journey