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How to Help a Car Sick Dog – Dog Anxiety and Fear of Car Rides

January 06, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Training and Behavior, Dog Vomiting and Stomach Problems, Treating Dog Anxiety and Fears

Learn how to treat dog anxiety, a dog's fear of car ride and cure dog motion sickness. (Danijel Juricev Photo)

Does your dog vomit in the car? Is your dog anxious or fearful of car rides?

If so, desensitization dog training can help an anxious dog who’s scared of car rides. A car sick dog usually faces two problems: the dog’s motion sickness causes nausea and vomiting in the car, and as a result of this negative experience, the dog gets anxious and fearful about car rides. In turn, the dog’s anxiety and fear makes him more likely to urinate or vomit in the car and the problem becomes self-perpetuating.

Some dogs’ fear of car rides stem not from car sickness, but from arriving at a frightening destination (like the veterinary clinic). So it’s important to avoid a situation where the owner only takes a dog on car rides when it’s time to go to the veterinary clinic or the groomer.

Pet owners can cure a dog’s fear of the car with desensitization training, treating the dog’s motion sickness and by treating a dog’s anxiety.

To learn more about how to help a dog’s car sickness and how to treat dog anxiety over car rides, read my latest article on Suite101 titled How to Help a Car Sick Dog Enjoy Car Rides: Reduce a Dog’s Anxiety While Riding in Cars and Cure Motion Sickness in Dogs.

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