16. Car Sickness
And his anxiety leads to your anxiety, because having Fido throw up all over your car can take all of the fun out of doggy trips. Fortunately, there are behavioral solutions to the problem.
Fido doesn’t enjoy feeling sick and throwing up any more than you do, so the first step is to create more pleasant associations.
One way to do that is by loading him into your parked car and giving him a special treat or toy. Don’t go anywhere this first time; just hang out in the driveway and let him get used to being in a car that’s not moving.
The next day, try it again – but, this time, drive around the block. If Fido tolerates it without getting sick, do it again the next day. If not, go back to sitting in the driveway for a few days.
Once Fido can tolerate driving around the block, extend the trip a bit. And don’t forget the favorite toy or treat! Your job is to create pleasant associations. Once you’ve successfully completed a five-minute trip, try a ten-minute trip. Gradually increase the time until Fido can successfully complete a trip of the desired length.