Traveling With a Nervous Dog

I have a 4 year old rescue Shitz Tzu, she was raised solely in a crate, pretty much 24/7. She was well groomed. But here's the problem, I've had her now for almost 3 years and can't travel with her. She can ride in the car to the park which is 2 blocks away, but she freaks out going to to the groomer's, only 1 mile away.

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We've been taking her there since we got her, so she knows the way there. I'm driving to California every 6 months and can't keep her here any more she becomes so stressed out and scared she get the runs. I want to take her with us when we go out of state. Please help. I don't want to do doggie downers. Thanks.

By Liz P

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December 1, 20110 found this helpful
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When my dogs were pups and they would go traveling with us, I would hold them or keep them very close to me while my husband drove. We also stopped at literally every rest stop we came across and it gave us and them a break to walk around and go potty. They both outgrew their nervousness and now they enjoy riding in the car cause they both have their own car seats.

Do not let your dog look out the side windows on the car. This will make anybody sick cause they are trying to focus on objects that are moving and this is what causes motion sickness. Try to keep his eyes focused on the front window.

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Try Benadryl to calm your dog.

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Maybe she just doesn't like going to the groomers. Maybe it just makes her nervous; maybe something happened at the groomers. Maybe being around other dogs at the grooming salon makes her nervous. My dog used to be nervous around other dogs until he became socialized. This is a lot of maybes but just because she's nervous while heading to be groomed may not mean she'd be nervous riding in the car on longer trips. I'd take more frequent trips around town before heading out to California and see if that makes a difference. I don't think it's hopeless.

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I use Synergy labs Richard's Organics brand. They make a bottle with a dropper of 'calming liquid' for dogs, that doesn't make my dog sleepy, but helps wonders!

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He gets so nervous when he feels thunder coming our way.

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