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    Unhappy Roleys car sickness

    Hi
    Has anyone any ideas of how I can help my puppy with car sickness? We take him out in the car about 3 times a week for short journeys to get him used to the car but he is sick every time. Next year we want to take off in the caravan for a few weeks and of course take Roley with us, however it's going to be uncomfortable if he is going to be sick all the time. I would be grateful for any remedys.
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    A lot of dogs just "grow out of it". Perhaps try different positions in the car (on the floor or next to the window). Also, no brainer, no food after 9pm the night before.

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    Have you tried taking him on short trips to somewhere he has great fun so he associates the car with something fun at the end? I had a similar issue with Brock but by taking him to a nearby dog park where he a great time and also feeding him a few times on the back seat of my car he has grown to live with it ... he's still not a great fan but I can take him for a 2hr drive without worrying about him being sick. Put him is someone elses car without me though and it's a different story

    I guess it comes down to whether its genuine motion sickness or anxiety which is causing your pups problems.
    Last edited by mymatejack; 10-05-2013 at 12:28 AM.

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    I took on a 6 month old rescue pup. He was an anxious dog to start with. He was terribly car sick for quite a few months. I ended up crating him in the car so I could at least contain this. He did eventually grow out of it which was a relief as all my trips usually last for about 3 hours. I have known a number of pups get car sick and eventually grow out of it.

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    Thanks for that RileyJ. Some great suggestions in there. Once he is allowed out we can begin making car journeys a place to go and have fun.

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    Don't stop taking him out for car rides just because he is not fully immunised yet !

    This is all part of him getting used to things. I was taking my pups out from 8 weeks - I was just really careful where I took them.

    Friends' places - with none of their own dogs or with their own fully immunised dogs, puppy kindy and areas where I knew that there were usually no dogs or not many dogs normally there.

    When shops didn't open on Sundays - now that is a long time ago - I used to use different areas around the outside of the shopping centre just for basic training.
    Have fun ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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    Just be aware that it doesnt matter if there are no dogs there, the virus can last in the environment for 12 months if they have been there.
    If you are not sure about an area I would carry my dog. I used to take her out and about and keep her off the ground, or I would go and walk on a low tide on the beach. When I carried her in busy areas she still got to see a lot of action and get used to strange sounds and sights. She has always been a totally bombproof dog.

    A friend of mine lost her pup to parvo when they went on a road trip up the east coast. They were careful but they still lost their pup.

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