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    Rocky mainly gets around in the back of a 4wd, so he gets lifted in and helped down (so he doesnt have to jump from that height). If I say 'up' he'll put his front paws up and then I'll have to lift him from there, thing is, he's getting far too heavy so I need to get a tighter grip to lift him but I dont want to hurt him!!! So I really dont like the idea.

    Today I wanted to take him to the park, so I tried to get him into a sedan for the first time. Again he got his front paws in, walked forward a little bit but back legs were still on the curb and he just wouldnt get in any further. Tried coaxing him in with treats, a bone, and praise but to no avail.

    He's always been a bit suss of going through tunnels (like the confidence course at training) which I guess would be similar, but he has done it! and he knows that getting in the car = something good!! He only ever goes in the car if he's going to the beach, park, or training!

    I just really want to get him to be able to quickly get in and out of the car incase theres ever an emergency of some kind or I dont have 45 minutes just to get him in.

    Is there anything in particular that I should try doing? Im kinda out of ideas, treats, praise, the association that the car = something good...

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    Get excited about the car. Make sure he's traveling on a empty stomach so it's not reluctance due to sickness.

    My setter cannot make a standing still jump into the car without it looking decidedly messy and she loves the car.

    We have to back her up and give her a run up into the back of the 4x4.

    If it's not a reluctance due to being uneasy in the car it can take large breeds a while before they have their coordination and feel comfortable jumping.

    And solid footing underneath him, things out of his way. Practice at home. Get that same excitement going you would if you were training for the agility tunnel. Someone calling and giving treats from the other door, round back of car and go again, call dog thru in excited voice treat, around back of car.

    But if he hasn't got his coordination going I would leave it a bit longer.
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    Open the door on the other side and have someone else there encouraging him may help too. Or you could get a small stool or something and teach him to walk up that for the moment?

    When he does get in on his own remember to make a huge fuss of him praising etc

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    thanks mouseandchicken, haha yeah he is pretty un-co I'll have to try the backing up thing, see if he'll just jump in... Having said that I'm pretty uncoordinated myself, I'll probably end up running into the car

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    My dog did the same thing when jumping into the back of the ute to a stage he would jsut stand there with is paws on the tailgate and look at me untill i lifted him on, untill one day he was really excited with his favourite toy and he just jumped up, i quickly follow it up witht he word "up" and plenty of praise, now he has no worries.. even managed to jump in witht he tailgate half up.. for a 42kg dog that would be hard!!

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    I was going to suggest have the other side door open too.

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    AGB, I agree, for the first time it probably would have been better if I had someone there to help... I did open the other door and try to coax him in that way, while holding onto the lead at all time... It was very awkward lol.

    The little step thing is a good idea as well! I'll have to find something suitable.

    Hmm, maybe I should have told him 'don't get in the car' then turn my back. He would've jumped in right away!

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRidge View Post

    Hmm, maybe I should have told him 'don't get in the car' then turn my back. He would've jumped in right away!

    thanks
    That would have worked if my dogs are anything to go by. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    That would have worked if my dogs are anything to go by. lol


    hey yeah RR, maybe you can tell him NOT to do it, so then he gets in, jumps in the drivers seat and can even drive you around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRidge View Post
    AGB, I agree, for the first time it probably would have been better if I had someone there to help... I did open the other door and try to coax him in that way, while holding onto the lead at all time... It was very awkward lol.

    The little step thing is a good idea as well! I'll have to find something suitable.

    Hmm, maybe I should have told him 'don't get in the car' then turn my back. He would've jumped in right away!

    thanks
    Reserved psychology works on children, so yeah maybe it works on dogs too

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