She is beautiful x)Bonnie is two-and-a-half years old, we adopted her just under three weeks ago. She's settled in well, but she hates travelling in the car, she starts to shake and tries to get out of the carrier. I try and walk her before I attempt to get her into the car, wait until she's calm, make no fuss and am quite 'matter of fact' so she doesn't get too anxious - but she clearly is. She also hates sudden noises and the vacumn cleaner. Apart from that she's such a good girl and is no problem being left alone.
Thank you very much for that great advice Sophie, I will endeavour to try this training out. I feel she is gaining a little more confidence each day, especially with traffic noise, so I'm sure well get there eventually!She's lovely
You need to build her up very very slowly. First reward her (tasty treats) just for standing near the car. Closer... treat... closer. As long as she's still relaxed. That's enough for one session.
Then same again, but near the car with the door / boot open. Treat.. relax... treat... etc.
Then encourage her to put her feet up onto the boot / into the door (wherever she travels). Again, treat. Fuss. Ignore any fear or nerves. If at any point she suddenly starts freaking, go back a stage until she is relaxed, reward and finish the session.
All of this needs to happen over lots of short sessions (minutes at a time) over several days, depending on her progress.
Once she is happy to be touching the car / half in the encourage her right in and just sit with her, feeding treats all the time she is calm.
Once she is happy to sit in the car, she can have all of her meals in there.
Once she is happy to get in and sit by herself, you can try closing the door / boot.
Once she is happy with it being closed, you can get in and start the engine.
Once she is happy with the engine running, you can drive a short distance...etc.
Slowly but surely- desensitise her to it. Don't reward fear / nerves, it will only make her more sure there is something to be fearful of!
Have you tried clicker training?
Sophie (with dog hat on!)
I've used Rescue Remedy myself -found it excellent for calming the nerves, so great suggestion Missy, thank you. I'll see how Bonnie is with a few drops.I know dogs require training but just wondered if it'd be at all useful to try using Bach's Rescue Remedy in the short term? (I assume it can be used on all animals but not sure about that, so check first!)
One of my pigs doesn't travel too well, so I've used it on essential car journeys (to the Vet) and he's been much more relaxed after a dab of Rescue Remedy behind each ear.
Good luck - she's a very cute dog