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    Hi, I live rurally, and have a 10 minute drive to Bernie's fave walk in the morning for his romp with his mates.

    Thing is, he gets very excited, and starts whimpering, whining in the back of car, getting very excited, as he's about to go where he wants.

    The noise is deafening and distracting me whilst i drive.

    How do i shut him up?
    Ive started putting him in the car for short trips, where he does'nt get out. Short trips to somewhere different to walk

    The only thing that shuts him up, is if we are on a freeway and i guess it doesnt look like somewhere he should be running around.

    Im loathe to use a bone for distraction, as he often barfs up most of it.

    Toys dont keep him quiet either.

    Id be glad of some suggestions.

    He's a GSD, so 'talks' at me a lot. Not a barker however if you know what i mean.

    Bernie

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    I have one of those as well, but pint-sized compared to a GSD! She still does it but far less than she did before.

    The first question I should ask is whether he begins getting overly excited before you even get to the car--i.e. picking up your keys, going into the garage--or does it only start once he's IN the car?

    A crucial thing is not giving him toys, treats or anything to reward the behaviour. It might keep him quiet, but he will learn that doing it gets him something pleasant.

    With my dog, she isn't even allowed out of the house until she is quiet and calm. She is allowed to look alert, but not to the point of obsession (a fine line, sometimes!). Of course, can be hard with a dog who knows that putting on a certain pair of pants = exercise/car times. What also works well is making a sharp sound (kind of like chh) that gets her attention, and she stops, then she is praised. She responds instantly to the sound if she gets carried away.

    Good luck and I hope this helps!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Hi, I live rurally, and have a 10 minute drive to Bernie's fave walk in the morning for his romp with his mates.

    Thing is, he gets very excited, and starts whimpering, whining in the back of car, getting very excited, as he's about to go where he wants.

    The noise is deafening and distracting me whilst i drive.

    How do i shut him up?
    Ive started putting him in the car for short trips, where he does'nt get out. Short trips to somewhere different to walk
    S: This may be a good idea, you may also just get the vocalisation then too.

    The only thing that shuts him up, is if we are on a freeway and i guess it doesnt look like somewhere he should be running around.

    Im loathe to use a bone for distraction, as he often barfs up most of it.

    Toys dont keep him quiet either.

    Id be glad of some suggestions.

    He's a GSD, so 'talks' at me a lot. Not a barker however if you know what i mean.

    Bernie
    S: A couple of reasons this may have occured are: there have been a number of occasions in which getting in the car ended up at his fav place, thus the car trip has been chained into the excitement.

    If his prey drive is high (think you mentioned that somewhere else?) then people standing still whilst he is travelling at speed in the car, look to him like they are moving fast, this can trigger his drive, like tying him up and teasing him with a toy.

    Things such as bones etc often dont help both the above issues. What is usually one of the only solutions is to crate him in the car with restricted views of the outside, this will usually have an instant affect if the behaviour is prey driven, if it is the behaviour chain affect that has been created over many trips to the fav place, then only time will help of not going to that place only.
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    Banjo does a weird loud whining noise whenever he is in the car. As soon as we get to when we get out.
    Sometimes it gets really loud and we just tell him to shoosh.
    I cant tell if it is excited though or anxiety?

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    S: a little test is that as soon as you pull up, offer him a treat, dogs that are highly anxious wil not often take food, this is just a test, you wouldnt do it more than once.

    Ideally I would look at his body language, but as I am not there, this is a good little test to get an "idea".
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    I know its weird that I cant tell... lol
    But its hard becuase he looks around like crazy like really alert but then he will turn around and give me a lick.
    He doesnt make the noise anywhere else only in the car.
    I will try that test next time we go for a drive

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    Crate him in the car- and have a cover over the crate (for short trips) so he cannot see out the windows.

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    Thankyou.

    The options appear to be: dont go to the favourite place or, restrict the visability in the car. Im opting for the latter.

    This technique assisted when he used to howl through the night as a pup. Pop him in a small dark room (laundry), settled right down to sleep.

    And yes, this car trip occurs every morning. Once we get there, there are 3 types of walks to chose from. But basically, they all start from where i park, so the behaviour has been repeated daily, every day, for 6 months. Oops.

    thanks. Need to get some smokin windows. how trendy will i be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Thankyou.

    The options appear to be: dont go to the favourite place or, restrict the visability in the car. Im opting for the latter.
    S: The important thing is to reduce the ratio of times that the car ride ends up and the most exciting place in the world. Try every time you go get the paper, milk etc, take him along, he will love the extra attention and this will identify the car as transport, not excitement.
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