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well, our vacation is over and we get to pick up our little Murphy tomorrow. He was the talk of most of the vacation. the kids are so excited.

Any suggestions on the long trip home. he will be in the car for about 2 hours. I am bringing an old shirt to rub on his mother (for the scent) a toy, a couple of goodies.

the kids are going to want to put him in their laps for the ride, is that ok? we did buy a crate, should we put him in there? Im worried he wont like it and that will set us back with the crate training.

any suggestions would be great, i want to try to make this transition smooth for the little guy.:dance:
 

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Yay! You must be soo thrilled the time has finally come. :)

I would bring a towel too for him to lay on. We had a four hour drive and ours got car sick about an hour into it. Since he was small, it was small thankfully. He sat between our two older kids on the bench seat of our van. Don't forget some doo-doo bags just in case for any pit stops.
 

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We had a similiar drive home and I was very worried about it! In the end, we put her in the crate for the drive since that is what the breeder indicated most people do. I agree to have a towel or something in there. Thank goodness she didn't get car sick, but I did expect it. She drooled a lot and didn't sleep a wink. :( I think she was pretty scared. Though it wasn't her first crate trip, at least. I sat right by her, and the breeder had given us a toy that had the scent of her siblings so that was in the crate with her. She mostly just tried not to slide around too much.

When we got home we each took turns feeding her kibble by hand to help her understand it was a good place and we were good people. It's all about the food. ;)

Congratulations!
 

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yep, what they said! :)
also, bring water and a dish for your pup just in case he's thirsty... either the crate or the lap is fine, IMO, crate tends to be a touch safer but the dog might feel more secure being held.
Another tip I've read is GO STRAIGHT HOME. No stopping at the relatives, pet store or dog park (gasp! some people actually do this!) remember the immune system is not ready to be exposed to places other dogs may have been :)
I'm so happy for you!! Enjoy this time, it goes by So quickly! AND POST PICS AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME!! :bounce:


 

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thanks guys, what great tips. We will be coming straight home, dont worry..lol

what about a pit stop for a bathroom break. I probably should avoid the 'dog area' just in case. didnt even think of that.
 
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