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    Keep the windows open and give him lots of fresh air. Most puppies get car sick, some have it much worse than others but I'm pretty sure it can be cured by gradual desensitization.

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    That is great - 'mymatejack' - I think that you have really worked out what the real problem is !

    The straight road even though it is longer - does not have all the twists and turns in normal suburbia !

    Structure and development of the ears of pups is the biggest hassle in this sort of situation. They just don’t have the balance that older dogs have. Pups can be absolute klutzes when they are young – wobbling around, running into things or just plain falling over. Even if we have ear aches, our balance can be affected. Your pup may grow out of it or he may not !

    At the moment, car rides for your pup is not a happy experience - even with your few successes lately. He has already felt sick and has actually vomited in the car. So this will add to the overall stress on your pup, and like a self-fulfilling prophesy he will be sick again.

    You need to step back to basics and reintroduce the car to the pup. He needs to see the car as not a scary and stressful place but as a fun thing and by going in the car, you go to fun places where he can really enjoy himself.

    As soon as he looks like he will be sick - that is drooling, licking his chops - I would stop the car and get him to walk around a bit and then carry on with the journey. You may need to do this quite a few times - but as long as the pup hasn't been sick in the car - then I would class that as a win !

    If it takes a long time to get to the park - then so be it ! Early training with your pup will pay heaps of dividends in the future.

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    'mymatejack' - another little trick is to have a container of honey in the car. When you have stopped the car and the pup is walking around, dip your little finger in the honey - not much - and let him lick it off.

    It might sound silly but it does work. The best benefit is that you are using something natural instead of resorting to drugs !

    Happy travelling !

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    How is Brock going - 'mymatejack' ?

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    Great guns thanks RileyJ, given he'd improved I decided to try to take him to the beach again yesterday. Well not a drop of drool on the way there and no pukes on the way back so fingers crossed the problem has been solved!

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    Really pleased to read this !

    Come on - you will have to 'spill the beans' as to how you are solving this problem !

    Are you doing anything different with regard to the car rides and Brock ?

    Are you using or giving anything to Brock to help him ?

    Or

    Are you two just 'manning up' and getting on with it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Really pleased to read this !

    Come on - you will have to 'spill the beans' as to how you are solving this problem !

    Are you doing anything different with regard to the car rides and Brock ?

    Are you using or giving anything to Brock to help him ?

    Or

    Are you two just 'manning up' and getting on with it ?
    I think it was just a matter of time Riley, getting used to the car and all, also I think the knowledge that now he's finally allowed out and all car trips recently have been to go have fun rather than go to the vet has made a difference.

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