I would appreciate some advice. We picked up our Max a week ago. We had a 9 hours car ride home. I spoke to the breeder before we picked him up and was assured that pup would be acclimated to the car which was wasn't or if he was we were never told he has car anxiety.
Symptoms- he doesn't cry all the time, it's on and off, but mostly he's very unhappy. He doesn't have to relieve himself, he goes before we go for a ride. He's still to young for treats so we haven't bribed him. He does not get sick, he's just afraid.
We never had a problem like this before, and really hope you might help.
Our vet told us to just to just sit in the car with him and start the car and do this a little a time. We have been doing that and he's still afraid.
Thanks in advance.
he was a 9 week old baby who JUST left his litter and was in teh car with strangers, strange smells, strange sounds for nine hours. I think some crying was to be expected.
Don't make a big deal of this. I wouldn't even call this car anxiety or fear really unless I misunderstand your description (he is just unsure and cries a little?)
Too young to treat? have fun wtih your little baby, treats are not just about bribery but making POSITIVE associations to things. SO YES, randomly take him in the car and give him a treat, then leave. Go for short car rides to happy places regularly. Make the car a happy place using happy voices and tones when going to the car and getting him settled in.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
What Tanya said - softly softly catchee monkee ! Training and acceptance of strange new things can take patience and years and is worth every second of your time,
He's a baby ! Spoil him - it won't be long before he's eating your house !......literally :-)
He is spoiled already and we have LOTS of patience and we know it's going to take time. I was asking if anyone had any suggestions.
We have had labs before and our last labs trip home was longer and he was 8 weeks. Yes, I know they are all different.
Well I considered suggesting just sitting in the car with him and suchlike, but I don't think that there is a problem here that needs sorting by specific training. The chap just needs time to settle in IMHO along with socialisation and obedience training.
Once he's settled then he'll want to come into the car with you with whatever treat/toy that he prefers.
As I said - my opinion !
We have had the same trouble with Molly. She's 4 months tomorrow. We have tried all the above suggestions and although she is getting a tiny bit better when DH and I put on our ball hats and treat packs to head for the car she puts her ears back and hides.....but we do all the happy dances and treats and end up picking her up and putting her in. I sit with her in the back - we open the window and let her stick her nose out - this calms her. She does not shake like she did but she's not a happy camper.
We did lots of in car training too. Sitting in there for a few moments several times a day for about two weeks. It did get a bit better.
But the very best thing we have just recently done was to let daughter's two big dogs jump around in our back seat with lots of treats and slobber and hair and fun. Now Molly can smell them and she is doing a bit better. At the park we also let her see them jump in and out one side and the other to give her the idea this is a fun thing. Then with both back doors open we get her in one side and treat her - then let her go out the other side. Of course now she's tall enough to do this so you'll have to wait a while.
So try that - recruit another dog if possible and try to show by example.
I thought my girl seemed uneasy in the car so i got her a traveling crate. Now two years old, she still uses it in the back of my jeep. It is not totally open, one of those fabric crates and I think it makes her feel secure.
I wouldn't worry too much about it yet. Both of my labs did not like car rides at 1st. The key to getting them to like them more is taking them places where they had fun. It might take a little while but I would say you were more fortunate with your previous labs than unfortunate with the new critter.