Dog does not travel well
I have a six year old Samoyed who I would love to travel with but… she does not travel well. My vet gave me pills that turn her into a zombie but do not solve the problem. She sits and pants. When we get to a destination, she is like a camel who has not seen water for a year. I have tried everything I can think of so am looking for any more suggestions. Thanks
Can she sit or lay down high enough to see out of the windows? I understand that it helps some dogs when they can see what’s going on. An open window might help, too. I feel bad for her, good luck.
If you haven't, I suggest you moderate the dosage prescribed by your Vet. Facing a choice between a highly anxious pooch when traveling and a zombie pooch, we found a half dose was the sweet spot.
Lisa's RV Experience
I have the same problem with my little dog he shakes like a leaf for at least 2 hours into the trip until we finally exhaust himself. If you find a solution other than drugging him let me know.
Lisa's RV Experience
Many vets still use anti anxiety medications that make tje problem worse by essentially making the dog unable to respond to its fears. Imagine being in a terrifying situation and being immobilized- that's basically what those drugs do, and then of course the next time the scary situation ( car ride, thunderstorm, fireworks) happens, the dog's anxiety is worse because they know that they'll be trapped and helpless.
I'd suggest two things: get some CBD for dogs (pet releaf is a reputable brand, and a decent vet can also prescribe CBD-- dump any vet who won't as they are stuck in the past and doing the bidding of their pharmaceutical rep.) Second, have a consultation with a postive dog trainer (never ever work with a trainer who adheres to dominance theory which has been discredited for over a decade). They can help you reframe the scary situation for your dog so they learn to not fear it. Punishing a dog for bring afraid does not work but a bad trainer, and there are plenty out there, will try to convince you that you need to "alpha" your pet into being afraid to show fear.
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