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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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Pets and a New Baby – Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Cats

December 30, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Baby Sounds for Pets CD, Dog Training and Behavior, Pet Products, Prepare Dogs for a New Baby

Prepare Cats and Dogs for a New Baby With a Baby Sounds for Pets CD ($19.95). Click to Purchase or Learn More. Scroll Down to Preview or Download on iTunes

Bringing a new baby home can be a traumatic experience for a dog or cat. Not only is there a new family member in the household, but this new family member is loud and she occupies nearly all of mom’s and dad’s time!

Helping a dog adjust to a new baby can be difficult, but I’ve found a new tool that’s worked wonders for cats and dogs living with a new baby!

Baby Sounds for Pets CD – Help Dogs and Cats Adjust to a New Baby

Baby Sounds for Pets is a CD for dogs and cats (though birds, potbellied pigs, rabbits and other household pets could benefit from this as well!) This pet CD features baby sounds – crying, cooing, even a temper tantrum! Soon-to-be parents can play this CD during the weeks and months leading up to the baby’s birth to help their dogs, cats and other pets adjust to the sounds of a child.

To understand why cats and dogs get upset when a new baby arrives, it’s important for the pet owner to put him/herself in the animal’s shoes, so to speak. Dogs and cats have an extremely acute sense of hearing that’s many times more sensitive than a human’s. Imagine how frightening and uncomfortable a baby’s cries can be for the dog! Not only is it a new sound, but it’s very loud. And these new, loud, frightening sounds are inescapable, invading the dog’s comfort zone – his home!

This pet CD will help acclimate the dog to the sounds of a baby, eliminating some of the fear associated with the new experience of having a baby in the home.

How to Use a Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Other Pets

I’ve developed some great techniques for using this baby sounds CD with my dog training clients. I recommend the following desensitization dog training measures to help prepare a dog for baby’s arrival.

  • Start out with a very low volume and then raise the volume gradually (though this baby sounds recording features some automatic volume adjustment in the actual recording  – the cooing sounds are much softer than the tantrums!)
  • Play the baby sounds CD in the baby’s bedroom first.
  • Play the pet CD in your own bedroom and in other locations where the baby will spend time (i.e. the living room).
  • Take a car ride with the baby sounds CD playing if you plan on riding in the car with the dog and baby.
  • Offer praise and treats to the dog when you first turn on the baby sounds CD and then periodically as the CD is playing (especially during potentially upsetting sounds, like crying or a tantrum.)  Offer positive feedback that the dog will come to associate with the sounds of the baby. This will, in essence, train the dog to associate baby sounds with good things (i.e. treats and praise.)

You should use the Baby Sounds for Pets CD as background noise or in conjunction with other sounds. Don’t shut off the TV, your music and halt all discussion – the point is to create a realistic sound atmosphere for the dogs and cats. Another benefit? Parents and siblings can adjust to the sounds of a baby as well!

Baby Sounds for Pets Preview and Music Downloads

Baby Sounds for Pets is currently available on iTunes, so you can preview and purchase individual baby sounds. The following baby sounds can be downloaded for $.99 each on iTunes or previewed:

* Baby Cooing and Gurgling Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Cooing/Gurgling

* Sounds of Baby Crying Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Crying

* Baby Laughter Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Laughter

* Baby Talk Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Talk

* Sounds of Baby Temper Tantrum Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Temper Tantrum

• Sounds of Baby’s Nursery Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Nursery

You can download the entire album Baby Sounds for Pets for $6.93 on iTunes.

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