Car sickness/nervousness

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In-Car Sickness/Nervousness

Causes & Symptoms
Behaviourists believe that car sickness in dogs is predominantly stress related and not motion related. Anxiety, most often caused by the trauma experienced by a puppy when it was taken away from all that to him was safe and familiar, may be a major cause of this condition.  He is suddenly taken away from his mother and litter mates and is confined in a car with new smells, noise, unfamiliar people and strange movements. Many pups become so distressed during this first car trip that they are often physically ill before they arrive at their new homes.

It could also be that the ear structures used for balance are not yet fully developed, in which case there is a good chance that he will outgrow the car sickness around 7 Р8 months of age. However, getting sick each trip can be so traumatic for a pup that he never outgrows his fear of car travel. He begins not only to avoid the car but actually hates being inside.

Typical behaviours of a dog that has a car phobia are calming signals (licking of the lips, yawning, panting or sitting/lying down) as you attempt to bring the dog near to the car and restlessness and whining once he/she is inside the car. Dogs that are severely affected may drool, vomit and even release their bowls when inside a moving vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Training Equipment

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Training Equipment:

All good trainers will ensure that they have the correct and good quality training equipment before attempting to train a dog. What is important is that the correct instrument is used to solve a particular problem as it is encountered.

The Leash/Lead:

Medium to large dogs should have either leather or cotton webbing leads that must be at least 750mm long.
Nylon is suited for small dogs. Chain leads are painful on hands and useless for training but can be used for dogs that chew their leads. For training purposes the 5m and 10m long leads/lines are essential as well as the short Tab-leash for off-leash control.

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