(Closed) Puppy hates car rides/being crated. Thundershirt?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’ve heard that the Thundershirt works on helping keeping dogs calm from clients from the vet clinic I work in. I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t verify those statements. You can also try something called Rescue Remedy which is kind of an anti-anxiety aromatherapy thing. I believe Petco and Petsmart sell items like it if not that exact brand. You can try it to see if it’ll help while he’s home alone in the crate. As for car rides, he may be anxious or he may be getting motion sickness. You can try benadryl which will make him a little drowsy and calm him down for the trip. It’s 1 miligram per pound and adult form comes in 25mg and child’s comes in 12.5mg or you can try a liquid but that requires more math. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Treats and praise.  Short duration car rides or in the crate, accompanied by treats and praise will do wonders.  Always wait until your dog stops whining to open the crate, otherwise he will learn that whining gets him what he wants.

I strongly recommend Ian Dunbar’s dog training books.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dog has a thundershirt. It worked extremely well. He wears it with a harness seatbelt. He also needs praise and treats. You can get a full refund on thundershirts if you aren’t happy. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Get a kong and put peanut butter in it. Bonus if you freeze the PB inside the kong for a few hours before giving it to the dog. Then, put the dog in the crate with the treat/toy. Close the crate and walk away. It will keep your dog entertained for a while, at least an hour if it’s frozen. Puppies, like children, need to learn to settle in certain situations whether they want to or not. Let your puppy have outbursts and scream and bark if he wants to in the crate – but DO NOT give him any attention whatsoever or even think about letting him out until he’s quiet. Since he already likes the crate this shouldn’t be too hard and I’m sure he’ll be loving it in no time.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

It seems like you are really covering all your bases when it comes to training him. Treats are huge when it comes to training dogs. The place where I train my dog would have you start out super basic.  Give him a treat just for being next to the car. Then sit in the car with him and give him a treat. And slowly advance to driving all while he is getting treats.  Do the same thing with his crate.  Like others said don’t let him out if he is crying but I am sure you know that since it seems like you already tried a lot. When my dog was a puppy he didnt mind his crate so we actually got a traveling crate we put in the car for when we do car rides.  Sometimes a dog will just be difficult. I know it is all easier said then done so sometimes professional training is the answer. You can always have a trainer come to your house and work with you one on one. But do it soon, the younger they are the better.It does sound like your dog is having some serperation anxiety if the neighbors hear him crying after your long gone. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Our personal dog trainer recommended Thundershirts. We haven’t tried one yet, but I trust our trainer and will get one if need be. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SouthernGirl:  I reccomend putting in on him when he is NOT stressed at first. I just held my guy while he wore it, petted him and clamed him and snuggled him. That we he associated it with relaxation. not with stress. My mom/aunts did not do this and they still had results. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The thundershirt worked for one of my dogs for thunderstorms and it definitely calmed her down. There wasn’t 100% success, but she has improved. She is a severe case too, she’ll jump off a flight of stairs, jumped out a second story window, and scales wooden fences. 

Post # 14
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Newbee

I have heard both good and bad things about the thundershirt, but wouldn’t discourage you from trying it.  Like the other bees mentioned, giving Hugo pets and treats when he’s behaving well is the most important part of training.  I also had a pup who used to whine and bark in his kennel, both at home and in the car, for attention (not because he was scared or nervous) and two things really helped: 1. We did NOT baby him.  It was really tempting to coo at him and say “it’s okay” or “you’re alright,” but dogs pick up on tone and we didn’t want to reinforce the idea that there was some reason he would not be okay.  2. After several weeks of him barking and whining for attention we started using a firm voice to say “quiet” and spray him with a little bit of listerine.  After using the listerine for a few days we were able to just say quiet and he would be quiet, and today we have no barking problems whatsoever.  AND, if the door to the kennel is open, he will curl up inside and take a nap, so he definitely does not have negative associations with the crate! 

I know the listerine might sound harsh, which is why I would never ever use it with a dog who was scared or overly sensitive.  My pup was very confident and I think he just didn’t understand that barking was bad behavior.  Those few sprays to the face with listerine taught him the behavior that now allows him to come to work with me and hang out at my feet all day long, which I think any dog would want to do! 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The thundershirt works on my dog who gets nervous with strangers. When I had family over for christmas dinner my mom even noticed the difference and commented on how calm he was (and she is soooo not a dog person). If it’s true anxiety that is bothering him it will probably help.

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