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    Hi everyone,

    Molly is great when it comes to jumping in the car when we are going to the park or driving somewhere different for a walk etc, I give her the command 'up' and she jumps right in but when it comes to leaving, then that's a totally different story. She used to be completely fine but the last few weeks she has been refusing to jump up when we leave; she just stands there looking at me and acting like she doesn't know what I want her to do and after a while she will put her front legs up but wont go any further. I've tried using treats to get her in but always end up having to lift her (I lift her quite awkwardly so she has to do most of the work herself).

    The only other thing I can think of is to let her have a play, put her in the car, let her back out for a play, back in the car, out again etc etc would this help?

    Any suggestions on what I can do would be great!

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    Kristy.Maree - maybe just really simply - she may be 'pooped' !!!!!!

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    What you need to do is cave into the sad look they give when they are half in half out. Then place your arms under your pooch and nearly break your back as you lift them in.
    Then make sure the tail isnt hanging out the door when you shut it. It's easy...guarantee Molly will learn to do this EVERY time. Think of all that energy you are saving her from exerting and that extra exercise you get. And when you cant sleep at night because of your sore back, you get to think about your sweet lovely pooch and the new 'lift me up mum' game you get to share with her. It's heaps of fun....again...welcome to the club.


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    She's definitely not pooped. We get home and she still just runs and runs and runs- I put them in boarding kennels over the weekend and the man said she's the most energetic dog he's ever come across! Plus it's only a hatchback car, all she has to do is step in onto the back seat. She's just being naughty!

    Yep Sean, that's exactly how it is! I accidentally shut her tail in the door once (she moved just as it was closing) and it took me about 2 weeks for her to even go near the car again! Poor darling!

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    Nero did that for a while too. He would just put up his front paws and then wait... if nobody came to lift his bum he'd give us this look over his shoulder... "bumlift please!!!" He stopped doing it when he saw his sister flying over his head and into the car. I think he felt a bit embarassed that moment

    When he does it now I just get into the car and start backing the car out of the carport. When I turned the car I stop and open the door for him (we have only 2 doors) and he can never get quickly enough into the car out of fear of being left behind This manouver usually stops this behaviour for a while

    I did the same when he didn't come quickly enough up our driveway. Our gate is at the end of a long driveway and I always let him run up the driveway off the lead because he likes visiting our neighbour to say 'hello' (our neighbour is delighted if he does). A few times I stood at the gate calling and calling and Nero wasn't showing up (too busy chasing rabits or something). So I closed the gate without waiting and went into the house. From the house I could see him sitting outside the gate, deeply confused. I let him sit out there for a while and after 10 mins or so I went out to let him in.... that was the last time he has ever let me wait. Now he makes damn sure he is by my side at the time I reach the gate
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    The first few months I had Banjo, I always made sure that I gave her a few treats after she'd jumped into the car after a walk. You could try doing this, even if you've had to lift her in the car? Just one treat if you had to help her, 3 if she jumped in herself or something like that.

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    Isn't it funny. My dog will only jump in the car when it's time to go home from the beach or the park. Ie she's exhausted and just wants some back seat sleep time. And then I can't get her out when we do get home - cos it's just nice and warm in there. Never mind it could get killer hot in there, she doesn't understand that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
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    What you need to do is cave into the sad look they give when they are half in half out. Then place your arms under your pooch and nearly break your back as you lift them in.
    Then make sure the tail isnt hanging out the door when you shut it. It's easy...guarantee Molly will learn to do this EVERY time. Think of all that energy you are saving her from exerting and that extra exercise you get. And when you cant sleep at night because of your sore back, you get to think about your sweet lovely pooch and the new 'lift me up mum' game you get to share with her. It's heaps of fun....again...welcome to the club.
    Haha, laughed out loud at that Sean, Ruby is exactly the same, glad I'm not the only one although she is only a lightweight at 30kgs, you'd be getting some serious weight training with Mojo...

    She will jump into the back of my Rav 4 two door (with no back seat) on the way out, but about 6 months ago she stopped jumping in on the return trip, she only manages the front two legs up, half in half out stance. i've tried treats, the ball (her obsession) but no joy so I just lift her back half in now.

    Good luck KM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
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    What you need to do is cave into the sad look they give when they are half in half out. Then place your arms under your pooch and nearly break your back as you lift them in.
    Then make sure the tail isnt hanging out the door when you shut it. It's easy...guarantee Molly will learn to do this EVERY time. Think of all that energy you are saving her from exerting and that extra exercise you get. And when you cant sleep at night because of your sore back, you get to think about your sweet lovely pooch and the new 'lift me up mum' game you get to share with her. It's heaps of fun....again...welcome to the club.
    I laughed at this cause it's exactly the same at my place.
    I say to my girl "wags in" and she's learnt to shift her bum round so her tail is out of the way.
    I'm thinking mine does it on the way home as she hasn't finished playing and doesn't really want to go home so she figures if i want her in the car then it's my job to get her in there and i should be greatfull she even helps out at all.
    Maybe your pooch is thinking the same thing?
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    same here.
    Pohm had me lifting her into the car, just helping a little with her puddy paws inside, and the look.
    Till one day, my son showed me how high this bloody lump can jump. I dont jump my pups, so didnt know. He held up a biscuit above his head and said "hup" and 6ft, easily. Bitch!

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