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    hey there guys.. im new to this site so yeah...
    I have a 10 week old kelpie x cattle dog pup. He is so amazing. already he sirts, lies down, drops, heels, fetches AND brings it back... only 1 problem... In the car he whinges and whinges non stop for hours(not literally)... What do i do.. the only thing that will keep him quite is having his head out the window...? but i cant do that all the time im afrain of him jumping out
    PLEASE HELP IM DESPERATE
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    It's obviously stress of some kind. Perhaps you could get a box that fits in a car (he's still small), you can buy those soft ones made of fabric of some kind. Put him in while you travel with some toy or your old worn T-shirt or something. Or have someone traveling with you to hold him on the back seat and talk to him/cuddle while you're driving.

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    Just stick with it. He obviously has some worries abut being in the car. You can try gradually desensitising him. Day one, get hom in and out of teh car a few times without starting it or closing the doors. Have a play or give him a treat in there. But don't praise him if he seems worried, just be unconcerned and don't make a big deal out of it.

    Day 2 - same, but try shutting him in the car a few times, again make a little bit of a game out of it.

    Go on from tehre. Each time you think he's become comfortable up the pressure a little to the next stage. So you can try short trips etc, and pull over to play a game or give him a treat if he sits quietly at all.

    And make sure you take him to some fun places. Some pups only go to the vet for shots tec in the car so come to associate it with badness.

    He could also feel better with the vents or aircon blowing on him when you're driving.

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    Why is he in the car for "hours and hours"?

    Do not cave in to the whinging or encourage anything you might get tired of later (like barking at cyclists or pedestrians). For very short trips, just ignore any whinging. I wouldn't have anyone cuddle him when he's behaving in a way you don't want to encourage.

    Do get a car harness and strap him in, do feed him some treats when you put him in the car. Do use the car to get to your favourite walkies place even if it is quite close (although what puggerup said about only letting him meet dogs you know are vaccinated & wormed applies). Do take him to a puppy pre-school (vet or local RSPCA or AWL should be able to help you find one).

    Very young pups can be prone to car sickness so you might want to avoid feeding him for about 4 hours before longer trips or ones on bendy or stop-start roads.

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    Why is he in the car for "hours and hours"?

    Um, that's my first thought, I'm afraid.
    He is only 10 weeks old, and he is in a car 'non stop for hours'?

    Try doing lots of short trips everywhere. To the shop, to the petrol station, to the park for a walk, the local waterhole for a swim etc; basically as often as you can but don't make them long IMO.
    Make sure the destination is either a good one for him, or make sure he is given a lot of praise and a treat when he settles down and handles the short rides without whinging. That way he will figure out that being in the car usually leads to something wonderful!

    Of course, make sure his bladder and bowels aren't full, and as another poster suggested, don't do road trips within a time limit after his feeds.

    All the best.

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    i dont mea litrally. we had to go somewere and we had to drive about 2 hurse and he cryed the whole time.

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    Thank You guys for all the help i will give it all a go thanks heaps really appriciate

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    Frosty actually travelled on the Front passenger seat for the first couple of months I had her. She was not comfortable anywhere but that was one place she sat still. I know some people make a nest for their puppies in the footwell of the passenger seat (check it doesn't get too hot though). If they can't see out when they're tiny, for some reason that helps. On the long trip I did when Frosty was 6 months old - she stretched out on the back passenger seat (with her harness clicked in), put her head down and kept her eyes firmly shut. I stopped every couple of hours and did a lap or two with her around the local football oval - every country town has one somewhere.

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    Ziggy didn't like the car either as a little pup. It's something to get used to- perhaps lots of 5 minute trips to get him used to it? Also the car harnesses are good (especially the ones with a clip you put into the seatbelt clip) as they can have some room to move (put their face to the window) but there is not danger of the dog jumping out.

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    Another great invention is the window sock!!! Invented for kids so they get the nice breeze, protection from the sun and it's safe so they can't stick their hands out the window....Maybe you could try this?

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