We are new first time poodle owners. Six weeks ago we adopted/rescued an 8 month old standard poodle. I say adopted/rescued because although the dog had a home she had never been to a vet and we believe lived most of that time in a kennel.
She was extremely timid and nervous the first few weeks but seems to be adjusting very well.
Our most pressing problem now is that she gets so nervous in the car, drools constantly and usually after an hour throws up.
We live 1.5 hours away from family and make the trip at least 2 or 3x a month to visit.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to PF!! I know about being nervous in the car, my baby was terrified at first and drooled all over my seat! But eventually, after taking her every where with me, even on short errands, she came to be OK & now will just nap on longer trips! Cover your seats with a heavy blanket or towel at first in case of carsickness! Also, on longer trips it helps to stop once or twice for a stretch and a drink of water ..... at least this is what works for me :^)
Hi there and welcome. Take your girl with you in the car on short trips as often as possible so that she doesn't build up an association of going places that might make her anxious (like the vet). Drive somewhere, get out to take a short walk and then get back in and go home. Build up the time and distance as she starts to relax with the shorter trips. If you expect to make that longer trip frequently, you may want to invest in a hammock for the back seat of the car. It will protect the car seats from damage from nails, accidents of various types and dirt. The further back in the car the dog is, the bouncier it is, so put her in back seat if you can. I would use a harness to restrain her, so she can't climb into front seat or attempt escape. All this assumes you aren't crating her in car, of course.
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Hello and welcome to the forum! We live in NJ too (southern NJ).
Having dealt with a dog that got carsick, I understand what you are going thru. You may be happy to learn our dog grew out of it - or got used to it.
MollyMuiMa and lily cd re explained very well how to deal with a car sick dog. Short, fun trips is a great way to get a dog used to being in the car. Then work up to your 2 hr adventures. And a backseat car seat cover or hammock is a very worthwhile investment.
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