Dog barks in car?

asked 2021-10-28 11:41:16 -0600

My dog barks incessantly in my car like he’s a broken record out of excitement and anticipation. Everywhere we go, aside from the freeway. Thing is: he doesn’t bark AT ALL when my boyfriend drives him. He just chills. Keep in mind, my boyfriend only drives him to and from the same places as I do! 1. Why would my dog do this? 2. How can I stop this? It is so overwhelming. Nothing I do gets him to stop. I console him, no. Roll the window down so that he is distracted, no. Say “no,” yell (and don’t tell me I shouldn’t yell at him—I had to try everything and he’s caused me to have a few mental breakdowns in the car). I don’t know what to do anymore…

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That’s a tough situation. Here’s a link to the AKC recommendation for dog anxiety in the car. It’s going to take patience but you can do it! Let me know how it goes. Best🐾 Delia Wing Pasadena, CA Just copy and paste https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/ask-trainers-get-dog-ride-car/

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answered 2021-12-21 12:03:11 -0600

One of the things you can try to do is to desensitize him to being in the car. You could try just sitting in the car in your driveway for about 5 minutes. Then try turning on the car for 5 minutes. Then drive to the end of the driveway. then down your street, etc. Until you've gone on a full car ride and your dog isn't barking incessantly. My dog barks in the car because that's what she does. She's stimulated by the sights and sounds and smells as she goes by. If you don't want any of that, then you could always black out your backside windows so the dog can't see out them. Other than that, I don't have any ideas.

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answered 2021-11-28 19:12:36 -0600

That’s a tough situation. Sounds like your dog is dealing with anxiety. Here’s a link to the AKC Helpline. You will need patience but you can make dog rides pleasant. If link doesn’t work just copy and paste.

Let me know how it goes.

Delia Wing 🐾🐾🐾 Pasadena, CA.

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