Dog training tips: defecate in the car

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How to prevent dogs from defecating in the car

Traveling with dogs should be an enjoyable experience, but it is messy and stressful when the dog is prone to seasickness or has a habit of using the back seat as a bathroom. However, the masses do not have to be an inevitable part of car travel. Some training precautions and techniques can prevent your dog from dirtying the upholstery.

Basic precautions

1. Take your dog for a long walk before taking him for a car ride. This gives her a chance to relieve herself and helps her relax during the trip.

2. Cover the car seat with an old blanket and put some of your favorite toys on top. If your dog also vomits in the car, he is probably dizzy and could benefit from traveling in a crate.

3. Maintain a comfortable temperature in the car with adequate ventilation and make frequent stops so that you can walk outside.

Desensitizing the dog to car travel

If not from motion sickness, inappropriate elimination in the car is usually due to anxiety or excitement. Is your dog reluctant to get in the car or becomes uncontrollably ecstatic from going for a walk?

Reduce fear and anxiety

1. Exercise your dog vigorously before his next introduction to the car.

2. Have her “get in” or put her in the car, and then get into the driver’s seat. Ignore her if she cries or complains about being in the car, because pampering her will reinforce the unwanted behavior. Reward or praise him when he’s calm and quiet. Then get her out of the car without driving anywhere.

3. Repeat the first two steps for a few days or until you calmly agree to be in the car. Then drive with her around the block or even in your own driveway, and congratulate her after the short drive.

4. Gradually increase the distance you walk with her and take her to places she likes. A trip to the park shows you that car trips lead to a reward, while a visit to the vet can make your anxiety worse.

Accidents can occasionally occur as your exposure to longer car rides increases. Refrain from punishing or scolding her for it; Instead, reward him for his good behavior.

Calming an overly excited dog

1. Walk your dog for 30 to 60 minutes before each car trip, and get plenty of exercise every day.

2. Order him to “sit” next to the car and do not open the car door until he is calm and relaxed. Do this often, regardless of whether you are actually taking her for a walk.

3. Sit in the car, but tell him to “stay” next to it. Then, when she obeys, invite her into the car. Do this every time you travel with her.

A combination of exercise, desensitization, and leadership will prevent dogs from pooping in the car. However, in the case of car sickness, some dogs need time to “get over” it or need extra help from a vet.


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