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trichter
7/20/2009 6:28:10 AM
Posts: 3
I have a 9 month Chesapeake Bay Retriever that goes ballistic in cars. This obvious anxiety started 2 months ago (reason unknown) and is increasing in intensity. Some unknown event must have occurred because he used to love going in the car to a park or beach. He will enter any car that has an open door which makes understanding the issue more difficult. Once he is in the back seat with the door close, as soon as the driverís door is opened he begins to bark incessantly and as the car is started begins to bite the door panel, glass if the window is down and trim around the window. He has done severe damage to my car. During this time, he is heavily drooling causing the door panels and arm rest to become soaked. I have tried giving him treats to take his attention away from the situation (he wolfs down the treats then continues barking, biting and drooling). I have used restraints with no result. My car has a special seat cover that prevents me from using dog seat belts. I'm at a loss. I am actually beginning to think about getting rid of him.

I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.
AnkhuIGs
7/20/2009 6:48:39 PM
Posts: 1904
Try using a dog crate.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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trichter
7/21/2009 10:54:14 AM
Posts: 3
I tried that, a crate large enough for my dog will not fit my cars.
ashlandlabs
7/21/2009 11:33:01 AM
Posts: 1
I agree with the use of the crate. Counter conditioning with the aid of a crate is a very good start and your car will not suffer more damage. I would also consult with your vet about the use of anti-anxiety med's. Although I hate the thought of putting dogs on medications, and would prefer working through his behavioral issues, it is worth a try especially since you may consider getting rid of him. Also ask your vet to refer you over to a doggy behavioralist. He is still very young and I am sure his problems can be easily overcome.
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