We always had big dogs, ALL rescued, and always three.
So, below is our intro to the "Mutts" (our babies), our confession, and some great tips on
Crating/Harnesses/Dogs That Puke And Products For Travel
Denargo ~ found tied to a light pole in downtown Denver. Whimpering, we took him home. The vet said he was under a year old. Denargo is the name of the street where we found him.
Black Lab / Rot / Angel Mix.
found on a side street in Denver, named after my favorite band, at the time.
Rusty Lab / Chow / RockStar.
Kassi ~ found along the road in New Mexico, the local animal shelter knew her name.
Alas, Our Rockstar Was A Puker........
Does your dog experience Motion Sickness?
Zepplin was all muscle, loved to go, but had a hard time with motion.
It wasn't long after we got him in the car, that he would "up-chuck", even if we didn't feed him, he would heave.
We took him to the vet and he gave us some meds to calm his nerves but that only made him drowsy. No fun for a Rockstar.
So we tried our own method and it worked!
It took about three weeks and here's what we did:
We put all the dogs in their crates, in the truck, for the training.
We took very short trips, twice a week. Two block trips, then let him out to walk around a bit.
The other dogs were left inside the truck, so he would want to get back with his "buds". The next day it would be 5 blocks and so on.
For this particular guy, it did the trick, so we were heading back to the mountains for camping and hiking in no time!
Okay, The Scoop......Here's The Confession.
We owned a large Ram truck with a cap and the back was the dogs travel area. The cap had long screen windows, so they had great air flow without having to poke their head out, but they were not crated or restrained in anyway.
We did make sure the pups had some exercise before we started our road tips. These three were always full of energy! This helped to calm them down.
After the dogs were loaded up, Jon would slowly pull away from our house, the dogs would stand for a few minutes, then take to their blankets and rest.
It's a hard decision to know what's best for your dog's comfort, safety and personality.
We did start crating our dogs for travel.
Getting your pets used to a crate is a process, but really, no big deal. It's worth it.
We were pleasantly surprised!
Here's what worked for us
Start by putting the crates inside the house.
Pick an area your pets are comfortable playing or sleeping, then put comfy pads or blankets in the crates, favorite toys or chew bones.
Leave them alone for a day with the crate door open.
The next day, toss in small treats and toys.
Get them to play a little either inside the crate or around the outside.
We did this for about a week, leaving the door open.
Then we closed the door for a bit and told them we would be right back and they gave us, you know, the pouty stare.
We started with 3 minutes and left them in a little bit longer each time, then up to an hour.
Next, short trips to the park, in the crates with comfy pads, toys and small treats-of course.
This worked for all three dogs!
Hope it works for yours.
Happy Tails..... Happy Trails To You All!
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