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Traveling with your Dog
Carsickness, which manifests itself in excessive drooling or vomiting, can be attributed to either of the following:
- True motion sickness
- A negative association with riding in the car
Here are some ways to help your dog get over car sickness.
1. Open all doors and, with the engine off, coax your dog into the car. If he doesn’t want to go in, pick him up and put him in the car. After he is in the car (no matter how he got there), give him a treat, tell how proud you are of him, and immediately let him out again. Repeat this step until he is comfortable getting into the car on his own.
- After your dog is comfortable willingly getting into your car, close the doors on one side of the car, keep the engine shut off, and coax your dog into the car again.
- When he is comfortable with step 2, tell your dog to get in the car, give him a treat, and close the doors. Let him out again and give him a treat. Repeat until he readily goes into the car, and you can close the door for one minute.
- Tell your dog to get into the car, get in yourself, close all doors, and start the engine. Give your dog a treat. Turn off the engine and let him out.
- Now it’s time for a short drive, no more than once around the block. Increase the length of the rides, always stating and ending with a treat.
Source: Dog Training for Dummies