Advice please

Discussion in 'Labrador health' started by leolaquitzon, Sep 22, 2022.

  1. leolaquitzon

    leolaquitzon Registered Users

    Jul 24, 2022
    Hope this is OK. I have a 1 year old chocolate lab. He gets excitement shits when he goes in a vehicle. Obviously this is very unpleasant for all involved. We've changed his diet, had him at the vet etc. He's otherwise healthy. Any advice very welcome! I want to take my boy to the lake this summer!!!
  2. 5labs

    5labs Registered Users

    Mar 19, 2019
    North Yorkshire
    Is it definitely excitement rather that being nervous?
    If it is excitement, then I would wait until he's had a poo on his walk, then pop him in the car for 5 mins a few times a day. After a few days, drive to the end of the road and back a few times a day etc so it becomes something normal/boring.
  3. Michael A Brooks

    Michael A Brooks Registered Users

    May 26, 2018
    Blackmans Bay, Australia
    I agree with 5labs except I would be inclined to take a more cautious approach. I think 5 minutes is too long at the beginning. The longer the dog is in the car the more likely the dog will be aroused. I would be inclined to limit it to 15 seconds. Repeat maybe 3 or 4 times over 4 training sessions. Then increase by say 15 seconds for each set of 3 or 4 repetitions. Rinse and repeat. If you see your dog is getting too excited, then reduce the duration to the previous step. When you get to 5 minutes, then you can turn the motor on or just shut the door, whichever results in the lesser arousal. Then rinse and repeat. After 5 successful repetitions, then you can drive 10 metres and so on and so on.

    I realise that under my alternative plan progress proceeds at a snail pace. But I believe you have to get the dog's level of arousal down and slow and steady---boring--is more likely to do that. Since one is proceeding in small increments, then one also has a better idea of observing the dog and determining what is triggering the dog's excitement.

    Let us know how you get on.

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