We have a 9 month old Golden Retriever who is brilliant in every way except he wont jump in the car. It is a commodore wagon so he has plenty of room and can see out the windows. Traveling in the car he seems to be fine - he doesn't get over excited either.
At the start it wasn't so bad to lift him, but now he is 30 kgs and when he goes for a swim... wet heavy dog = yuck!
Everyday (for the last few months) we take him to a off lead dog park for a 5km walk and swim and he LOVES it. He is in his element and as soon as he sees the lake he makes a-line for it 200 metres away. He socialises with dogs and you can see he just LOVES it!
However, when its time to go in the car at home or after the park - he is off lead and we walk up to it, open the boot and all he does is drop to the ground and will often pees while on his back.
We have tried praise, teaching up/paws up, toys, food, back door, praise whilst in the car driving, getting in ourselves and calling him in, leaving treats on the back so he can eat while we are driving, tried pulling him with lead...
We are at a loss.. We love to take him everywhere with us and we know he loves being at new places - he just hates the car.
Any suggestions greatfully appreciated!