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This Month's November Newsletter in Pet Wellness:
Training to the Car
A dog should be accustomed to car travel from
early puppy hood if it is to
become a happy traveler.
From the start take your puppy with you on
all your short journeys to
the post office or the store.
Cover the seats with newspaper and an old
towel to protect against
Allow three hours to elapse after a meal before
taking your puppy on a trip,
and encourage it to relieve itself before
It is a good idea to put a puppy in the car
from time to time
without actually going anywhere.
Make sure that windows are slightly open to
allow a fresh air flow while
still preventing the dogs escape, and
put the puppys blanket on
the seat and leave it to settle down for
a few minutes.
Increase the length of time during which the
puppy is left in the car, and
soon it will look forward to the experience.
Train your dog to sit on its allocated seat,
or on the floor, during trips and
never allow it to hang it head out of the
window as this can lead to
badly inflamed eyes and also cause foreign
insects to in lodge in
the nasal passage area.
Car training is quite simple once the dog
the sit and wait commands.
Your dog should expect to wait patiently on
his leash until told to get in to
the car and once inside, should settle down.
It is important to teach your dog to wait
inside when the door
is opened, too, as it is very dangerous for
a dog to leap out of
the car as soon as it stops and passengers
Your dog must be given the wait
command when the door
is opened and must sit quietly until you tell
it to come,
when it should come directly to you and sit
Many dogs become very possessive about their
owners cars and
are left on guard to deter thieves.
If you train your dog to guard you car, be
sure to provide the
special grids which enable the windows to
be left partly open,
letting in fresh air at all times.
Dogs have died in cars with tightly closed
windows, due to lack of
ventilation and heat exhaustion.
On long trips, take your dogs drinking
bowl and a bottle of water.
Plan to stop at regular intervals and take
your pet for a short walk
before offering a drink. Special mesh guards
to fit in the rear of station wagons, effectively
the area into an ideal kennel.
If you plan to travel a lot with your dog,
or expect to take it on
vacation with you, such an accessory would
Some dogs suffer from motion sickness and
this is generally cured
by familiarization gained by making lots of
short trips so
that your dog becomes accustomed to the vehicles
Travel sickness tablets may be obtained from
if necessary, and a dog prone to sickness
should not be
fed for several hours before embarking on
a car journey.
Most dog owners are content to have a happy,
around the house, a dog which allows itself
to be groomed, comes
to call and walks on the leash with pulling.
Others would like to expand their dogs
behavior repertoire but are
unsure how to go about it.
A few people have problem dogs, those which
to other dogs, people or pets, which cannot
treatment or which have bad habits in the
For any dog owner with a problem dog, or an
owner who wishes
to learn more about training procedures,
there are dog training
classes and clubs that are helpful in training
bringing confidence to the dog and owner.
It is usual to enroll dogs for training at
about 6 months of age.
Younger pups may be enrolled and go along
gaining experience of being in the presence
of other dogs and
absorbing the interesting atmosphere.
The owner also gains many tips and confidence
by this process,
before serious lessons are undertaken.
A puppy may bark or whine with excitement
at its first introduction
to the training classes, but it soon learns
and to behave acceptably.
You must always remember that training classes
are not really for
your dog; they are there to teach you to
and control your dog.
Each dog is different and through the basic
rules usually work,
it is up to each owner and trainer to use
the techniques and
commands in their own special and unique way
to get the best of your own pet.
Perhaps the greatest secret of success in
all forms of
dog training is to reinforce every lesson
daily routine sessions.
Most dogs love these sessions, treating them
like favorite games and
if you always end on a high note when your
an exercise particularly well, you will find
that lesson well learned.
Most so-called failures in basic obedience
due to a complete lack of practice sessions
where the wayward dog has not been given the
of fixing the commands and responses as behavior
This takes time and patience when training
and you and your
dog will learn to work with each other and
provide happiness in the home.
As always your Veterinarian is the best source
of information and
treatment for questions or problems that may exist.
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