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    For the past month... Ender has started barking, whining, moaning, nearly meowing non-stop in the car... whenever we are going anywhere. We probably take short car rides about every other day. Either to the beach or dog park or vet (allways a positive experience for him though this week he goes to get neutered so his opinion of that place may change). It's like he's sooooo excited he can't handle the wait from the garage to wherever we are going. It can be deafening if he barks too close to our ears (in a small Toyota Corrolla) and we are very frustrated.

    The only time he doesn't bark is if he has just spent 2 or more hours at a dog park and is too tired to do anything other than lay down in the back seat. If it is just normal exercise, he still gets very barky in the car though it does tend to be less.

    I have tried to constantly tell him what a good boy he is when he is quiet. When he barks I have tried ignoring him... thinking he is seeking attention (he keeps doing it until we either laugh out of frustration or cry). I have tried "correcting" him by placing my hands on his snout and saying "no bark" (this is not violent but now he will avoid my arm's reach when he's barking so that's not effective). He will stop for a while... and appear to calm down (at least down to a high pitched whine instead of a full bark/yelp).

    I was thinking about all of FallRiver's posts and thinking that maybe instead of trying to correct the behavior after it happens and expecting him to NOT do something... I should instead be trying to train him what I want him to do while we are in the car. Even though I don't care what he does back there as long as he doesn't bark in our ears, I'm thinking that perhaps he needs me to direct him to what to do.

    What is strange is that I don't know why he started this all of a sudden in the first place. He used to ride just fine in the car... he would rest his head on Eric's shoulder or put his head between our arms or look out the window. And now he's a ping pong ball back there... a loud one! I *think* it's because we finally got his digestive issues under control so now he's feeling healthy.

    Any suggestions? I thought it is possible he's fearful of something and I am reading him wrong and thinking it is excitement... but I highly doubt that... he has never shown the slightest bit of fear about anything other than jumping off a dock : .
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    DefaultRe: Barking in the car

    How old is Ender? I don't have any advice yet...but wondered how old he is.

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    DefaultRe: Barking in the car

    Oh oops.. he's 9 months old
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    No...if he knows where you are going then it's something that is hard to control. You should hear Rider and Drake when they realize we are going to the river or the pond. The wining and barking is DEFINING. But any other time, it's just whatever.....they only get that way when we take a specific route. SO I would recomend changing up routes taht he won't recognize or enforce the no bark or settle command.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani
    No...if he knows where you are going then it's something that is hard to control. You should hear Rider and Drake when they realize we are going to the river or the pond. The wining and barking is DEFINING. But any other time, it's just whatever.....they only get that way when we take a specific route. SO I would recomend changing up routes taht he won't recognize or enforce the no bark or settle command.
    Dani... he barks the minute we leave the garage.... no matter where we are going or how long it takes to get there. Should I take him for car rides where we don't go anywhere? Where Eric or I run into the grocery store and just desensitize him to it?
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    I'd say so. I take Rider every where I can...always have...even as a little puppy. That is how he got his name.
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    Zoe was not a barker and I think for one reason. I put her in a down (in th back seat) so that she could rest her head on the arm rest up front. And I treated her every now and then.
    Very small treats, very intermittently. Could you try that? Don't give too many treats especially if he's going to be running around (but guess you know that already) : )
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    Yeah I haven't yet brought treats into the car (because honestly he rode perfectly before). He's very food motivated. I just don't want to have to give him treats in the car all the time!

    I think we will try taking him with us to more places and do short rides in the car... we just tend to not take that many rides that are doable with him... we are usually going to run errands where both of us need to go in the store (like picking out a dehumidifier at Home Depot) and I don't want to leave him in the car of course... OR tied up outside.

    All good suggestions and I'll give them a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender's Mom
    Yeah I haven't yet brought treats into the car (because honestly he rode perfectly before).* He's very food motivated.* I just don't want to have to give him treats in the car all the time!*

    I think we will try taking him with us to more places and do short rides in the car... we just tend to not take that many rides that are doable with him... we are usually going to run errands where both of us need to go in the store (like picking out a dehumidifier at Home Depot) and I don't want to leave him in the car of course... OR tied up outside.*

    All good suggestions and I'll give them a shot.
    Zoe no longer gets treats in the car (except when I pick her up from daycare).
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    DefaultRe: Barking in the car

    No advice really from here, Lindsay, but I'd say take him all over the place to de-sensitize him to the car. Yeller and Abby get super excited when they figure out where we are going, but they are usually pretty calm in the back.

    I have a friend who had a Doberman who would honk the car horn until they came out of the shop they were in. That was so funny.
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