puppy porn. and a tricky situation. advice please!

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here's rocky. now 12 weeks old and doing v well. We had the full force of storm Arwen and 100mph winds. we lost some of our roof and it wasn't at all safe to let him out in the garden for about 24 hours. Luckily I had some puppy pads so I put those down and bless him he used those with no accidents anywhere else!

He's sleeping in his puppy pen for about 6 hours without needing to go out and lets me know when he needs a toilet break. been to first puppy class and was brilliant with the other puppies but the class was a bit too long at over an hour 😳 and he fell asleep in my lap at the end!

Anyhoo the problem. I've never had a dog that didn't love the car and go in it fine from day one. Rocky? He HATES it with a vengeance. You can feed him in his crate in the car, give him his treats, play with him. He's perfectly happy to go in there. But once you move he screams his head off in the crate. He's better sitting in a lap (I know not legal but hey I didn't know what else to do) but still whines a bit.

Any advice would be very helpful. The vet just said let him scream but I'm sure that's just making it worse. 🙄
 

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It might be he isnt feeling secure in his crate- so prefers to be cuddled on your lap. If you can find a travel harness to fit, use that and a really comfy bed/booster seat near you. A flat steady surface can be better.
For trips, its fine to sit with the car on, then out. Drive a minute, then out. If you can connect it with something fun like a toy or fuss. And dont fret too much, it usually works out fine. From someone who used to refer to the car as 'The Vomit Comet' thanks to the determinedly car sick whippet
 

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It might be he isnt feeling secure in his crate- so prefers to be cuddled on your lap. If you can find a travel harness to fit, use that and a really comfy bed/booster seat near you. A flat steady surface can be better.
For trips, its fine to sit with the car on, then out. Drive a minute, then out. If you can connect it with something fun like a toy or fuss. And dont fret too much, it usually works out fine. From someone who used to refer to the car as 'The Vomit Comet' thanks to the determinedly car sick whippet
😳😳😳🤮🤮 oh dear!!
 

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Cat carrier or small fabric crate on the front seat, strapped in. Graduate to back seat and then boot. Do short journeys, even across the yard and back or up and down the street.
Probably a bit of a combination of separation anxiety and motion sickness/stress at the movement and noise.
thanks. That’s a v good idea. I’ve got a fabric carrier. Just have to find it amid all the detritus of moving house. 🤦‍♀️
 

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Just be careful with only going to fun places, sometimes go nowhere or go to Tesco and don't get the dog out, or only briefly, so it is no big deal. My Mum's dog makes a right racket in the car because he thinks car = beach/forest/cafe/very exciting things. Which is fine unless you want to hear yourself think.
 

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Parrotperson, just keep going a short way in the car every day. Keep at it and don’t give up. I cant imagine not being able to take a dog in the car, mine travel a lot and always have done. I have had the odd one that ‘sang’ at first but I ignore it. I have had one that was desperately car sick but cured her too and she travelled all over the country.
Don’t give up and don’t move him from where you want him to eventually settle. It’s a rod for your own back to have him on a knee. He will learn.
 

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thanks chiffy. he's been"singing" (😂😂 screaming blue murder) for a month! Short journeys, just reversing the car on and off the drive. 💁🏻. honestly. and we live somewhere that requires car journeys. I shall persevere. with ear plugs in!
 

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It’s possible it could be nerves and not just wanting to be close to you.
My very sick one was a nervous rescue. Eventually I needed to go on a long journey so had some sedation for her from the vet. She went to sleep , travelled fine and it completely cured her for future travelling with no sedation.
If this persists long term, which it shouldn’t, you could try mild sedation on a long journey or maybe calmers.
Not yet though, he’s only a pup learning what is acceptable.
 

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It’s possible it could be nerves and not just wanting to be close to you.
My very sick one was a nervous rescue. Eventually I needed to go on a long journey so had some sedation for her from the vet. She went to sleep , travelled fine and it completely cured her for future travelling with no sedation.
If this persists long term, which it shouldn’t, you could try mild sedation on a long journey or maybe calmers.
Not yet though, he’s only a pup learning what is acceptable.

We had a Lab bitch, years ago who sang and was sick on every car journey, no matter how long or short. Her litter sister was absolutely fine. It got so bad that we spoke to the vet about it and she was given sedation/travel sickness meds. With the aid of those, she grew out of it by the time she was 12 months old and was a very enthusiastic traveller.
 

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Could you try going out in the car with an extra person who could sit with him on the back seat? He could wear a car harness/attachment for the seat belt and sit on a lap safely(ish) until the Ballad of the Not At All Happy Puppy is gone?
 

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"Ballad of the Not At All Happy Puppy" this made me laugh!

My OH drives and I sit with him either on my lap or in his cage (but this option isn't easy because he hates the door shut) I have tried ti get a car harness for him but he's between sizes at the mo nut growing fast.

He was however slightly better today. But then he was allowed his first walk and that helped enormously as he was tired when he got in the car.

I think a combination if things mentioned here and time will do the trick. Especially when he works out he's not always going to the vets but will go to interestng places!
 
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