Dog Obedience training.



by Dennis Fisher.


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Having a  dog  get sick in your in your car is  a  very irritating and  frustrating experience.


Dogs are very much the same as humans in this respect.   Some people never have motion sickness  with any  form of  travel; others start feeling queasy the moment they step on board a boat.


 Some dogs take a car trip in their stride and  in fact get very excited when they  with you in your car. Others dogs start getting sick even after you have travelled only a few miles.


The initial car trip for a sensitive animal can be somewhat traumatic and it is best to introduce him to the idea of car travel gradually.

The initial car trip for an intelligent animal can be somewhat traumatic and it is best to introduce him to the idea of car travel gradually.


When you introduce your dog for his first car trip make sure that you have not fed him for a few hours.  Another good idea is to have the dog sit in the  front of the car for a while with you without travelling at all.


 Do this for a few days and then on the following occasion travel only a short distance before returning home.


When you do take the dog for his first car trip do you best to watch him closely while you are driving. Better still; let someone else do the driving while you can observe the dog’s reaction more closely.  


Go to an area away from traffic where it will be easy to stop suddenly.  If the dog shows any sign of being sick stop the car immediately and take him out for a short walk.


It’s a good idea to have a leash and collar on the dog  while he is in the car so  that you won’t have  act very quickly to put his collar and leash on him when you suddenly have to stop and take him out.


The preparatory sings of a dog beginning to show signs of nausea are very easy to stop as there is sort of coughing sound and a slight heaving.


It might be a good  plan to have a sheet of plastic on the car seat in case you are little slow in getting the dog out of the car in time.  This can be of great help in cleaning the car afterwards.


You’ll soon find that the dog loves the car because it is an indication that he is going out with you.


Because  the dog’s first introduction to the car ride was to sit in front with you, there may be a tendency for the dog to  want to sit in front all the time.  Obviously this has to be curbed and it can done quite easily.


 A simple, but firm command “Get to the back” combined with a hand signal where you want him to sit will soon do the trick.


One often sees a dog in the back seat of a car with his head out of the window.  The dog  is obviously enjoying the ride, but this is not a safe plan as the dog could easily be hurt in this way.


Also there is a definite possibility that he might get a foreign, irritating object in his eyes.


There is one training aspect that you should keep in mind  with regard to training a dog to get used to riding in the car with you. The dog must get used to the idea of waiting until you get out of the car fist before he is allowed to get out.

When you  stop the and get out of your car -  whether it is a temporary stop at a supermarket or your final  stop when you return home – always give the dog a firm “Stay”  or “Wait” command. 


 The “Wait” command is preferable.  Dogs in training soon recognize the difference between the two commands.   “Stay”, given in a firm, definite tone of voice means the dog must stay until you return – as in the case of the Obedience test when the dog is obliged to remain in the Stay position for at least ten minutes.  “Wait” is an indication to the dog that it is a temporary stay and quite soon he can expect to be followed by another command.


It could be  dangerous for a dog to bound out of a car as soon as it stops – dangerous for the dog  itself  if it were to  jump out it the face of oncoming traffic.  Also dangerous for any small children who  might happen  to be close to the car when an excited large dog  suddenly jumps out of the car.