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    Can i ask how old is this pup?
    and is it stress or excitement?

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    Hi guys, thanks for the feedback, to answer questions - she's only just turned 10 week so still very young. I've tried her in a crate is makes it worse.

    The trip down to mum's place was actually a lot better than I expected. Still some crying and wimpering but not thank goodness the endless howling like I was trying to kill her. I think the big difference was that it was during the day and everytime we've gone to puppy preschool its been dark already. I've noticed that she not fond of the dark. Anyway on the way back from mum's she was so exhausted she actually slept ya! Hoping that she'll just get used to it in the end.

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    I guess all you can do is try to desensitize her with very short trips in the car, in the dark - every day...

    And maybe a few games on lead in the back yard / outside in the dark. It's possible she can't see very well in the dark and gets freaked out by that. When my mum's dog got old - she couldn't see so well in the dark and would completely freak out when she couldn't see where her people were on walks.

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    Ahh widdle Pippin .....what a cool pup.

    My mums dog doesnt travel well at all. Training, Thunder Jackets and now medication ....and she still hates it big time. Total fear and panic for the poor (2 year old Shih tzu) pooch. Hopefully you dont end up with a dog like hers.

    Have you googled 'Thunder Jackets' or something similar. They are pretty good for some dogs phobias ... but not all. Might be worth a looksy.


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    I used to sit in the back of the car in the backyard with my pup just to let her get the feel of being in a car and go on short trips. Getting a pup or older dog use to being and travelling in a car is a long process and you must also be patient especially with car sickness which they do grow out of at about 12 mths of age but with Chloe it was more like 18 mths.

    As Chloe when we got her (7.5 mths) had never been in a car before it was hell...she even bit through the harness while I was driving and tried to jump out...but I had all the windows up lucky for me. She would scream...cry and scratch the doors and seats but over time she started to come good...thank God and now she's a little angel...well nearly.

    Here's my little Angel in the car two weeks ago.
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    Well she was much better on the latest vet trip, just a bit of wimpering. Then yesterday OH and I took her on a long car ride taking turns sitting in the back with her. She was very good, started off nervous but didn't cry, ended up being so bored she went to sleep. A couple of times she climbed on our laps (when we were the one in the back) and actually started to take some interest in looking out the window. i think she'll be fine, we'll just keep up the car rides till she's used to it. One thing is that she's very good at not making any messes, no poos wees or throwing up which is lovely.

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    she's doing really well now. One thing I noticed when we took her for the long car ride was that when she wanted to settle she couldn't get in a comfy position to sleep as she didn't feel supported enough. So the other day I bought another little soft dog bed and put it in the back seat for her. Last night trip to vet for puppy school no crying or whimpering! Then on the way back she just curled up in the bed and went to sleep, she was snoring by the time we were half way home! Ya ! success!

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    I'm very happy for you...as I said it takes time and can be very frustrating especially with car sickness but it's all worth it in the end.
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    Well she has no problem with it at all now, she curls up in her bed and goes to sleep on rides, not a single peep from her! ya! thanks for your support everyone.

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    We ave had a few rescuae tha hated cars and when you have 60+KG not wanting to go in it is hard.....so we made very short trips with a huge reward at the end, being treats and a fun place to go (water in the case of newfies) Our last one Harry is now first in our van and he had a real fear of our van....Now he is annoying, .open the door and he is in, ready for a trip. be it long or short he loves it now
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