…AM I SCARED IN CARS?
I have a great problem and this is a thing among men, so I wrote this post while I was perching on my DADS legs and maybe someone has an idea how I could solve it:
I’m scared in cars. The first problem is, how to get me in: sometimes I jump in like most dogs do, but sometimes my dad has to lift me in. If I’m in the car, we start and drive. BUT: at the first sign of oncoming traffic I get out of control. I’m always tied like an ups-parcel with my security belt, but if I notice a car comes to meet I’m totally over the top and try to get in the front area of the car. I’m shaking all over my body and I’m drooling very much.
We tried a lot of things:
– mom with me on the back seat – failed – same effect – and even a damaged mom
– me in disguise as a parcel as co-pilot – failed – same effect and an annoying dad and a dizzily car
– dad sold his car, because he suspected it could smell like the formerly dogs and this could make me nervous (and mom H.A.T.E.D this car)
– we used our neighbors car – same effect (a cargo van – formerly passenger: A RAM!)
– we tried grandparents car – it was VIRGIN- no dog (NO RAM) was inside before – same thing
– we tried a separation behind the front seats – was damaged some minutes after seeing oncoming traffic
– me as the driver – failed – my legs have been to short, I could not reach the pedals
…and the highlight: me in the load area of the station wagon, mom was hanging headlong over the backseat to calm me down, her pants stucked on the headrest, slipped and the whole oncoming traffic gots a fabulous “mooning”.
We read yesterday at Savannahs Blog about “Body Memories”. Could it be that I have such a thing? Is it possible? Can we do something for taking  influence? How to find out which memories or experiences are the trigger for this behavior?
We asked my Breeder, if I have had bad experiences with cars, but she said: No, never. I had my first ride in a car as I was picked up by my staff. Staff has NO IDEA what could happened to me in conclusion with the car. If we need some things mom or dad moves to the city and one of them is at home with me. So I have not to stay in the car while shopping, because we had a honking dog and a chewed hand brake and they said it’s enough. We never had an accident, because all other people flee in panic if they see one of my staff from a distance … so thereof  I had no bad experiences . I’m not scary that we will move to the vet when we use the car, because I have no fair of the vet (rather he about me).
What could it be? What can we try? Should we only drive on one-way streets?<— GPS said: IMPOSSIBLE!
HAVE AN UNPROBLEMATIC MONDAY ALL

About easyweimaraner

Weimaraner /Braque de Weimar, born in 2009, male & fabulous From: Britanny / France Likes: Plushtoy-Shredding, Spikebones,long distance Walks, everyday a Gift, Chicken, Shoes, Underwear, my squeekie Pig & my whole Life Dislikes: Water, Cats, Beaf, Cats, cleaning my Ears, Cats, the Vet, Cats, Snow & CATS! Profession: Student of psychological War-technics & Terrorism, after my Masterdegree i become to rule the world or maybe to be the owner of toys r us. actually i'm not sure... Status: Single Pets: Hell, NO! i prefer a petfree home. but owner of two slaves for my comfy Misc.: Greencardowner for Masterbed, Master of Beggin, Prince of Thiefs We decided to leave Easy's datas as they were... although we lost him in november 2016, he is still with us.... and his little brothers Phenny and Nelly promised to write on not as Easy the weim, but as easy Weimaraner... About us: Mr. Phoenix, born 9/9/2016 a virgo and always clever&smart...Neilson, born 7/28/2017 a leo who thinks he is clever&smart...

54 responses »

  1. I think there are some herbal remedies you can get to calm you down when you have to go in the car, maybe something like that would help? or a blindfold BOL

  2. BOL….we need a defrosting spray for him in winter or we drive by ear….

  3. kolytyi says:

    You should dig an Easy Tunnel.

    • Hehe currently I’m digging the entrance in my backyard :o)

      • kolytyi says:

        A thundershirt and a lot of practice drives – first short ones in light traffic areas, with a lot of stops and treats – could bring improvement after a while. I’m recently planning to make the driving licence. I’m afraid I’ll have the same symptoms if I have to sit on the driver’s seat instead of the passanger seat or back seat …

      • Maybe someone has a solution for me and for you…but I think wearing the suggested blindfold during the driving test could be difficult

  4. Oh Easy we have no solution for you. I get car sick. I once sicked in the welly boots , once in peeps designer hand bag , many times over peeps and so on. We are really laughing at your mum moonie story. Would lots of treat rewards help? Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Kyla says:

    I love car rides. I can’t help you. The highlight of a car ride is seeing construction equipment which must be barked away before it hurts me or my loved ones. When They go on vacation, They take us. She won’t fly so we drive. We vacationed in Oregon and another time in Montana-no small drives from Arizona and both Kenzie and I loved it. I can’t help you with a solution but when it is found, maybe we can use it on Her so she’ll fly. Then again, we’ll keep it a secret go I get to go on my beloved long trips.

  6. Fluffy Tufts says:

    You poor thing Easy 😦
    Maybe you could try rescue remedy? It worked for my lot!

  7. Goose says:

    That is a problem. I my self LOVE to be in the car even if it is not going anywhere. Sometimes if MOM leaves the windows down I just jump right through the window and sit there. I have no idea how to make it better for you. Maybe you could wear a blindfold. But if you try this please let someone else drive.
    Blessings,
    Goose

    • BOL, Goose…but honestly, I think with a blindfold I’m even better than my staff :o)

    • I like Goose’s idea. Get used to being in the car when it’s not turned on. Then get used to being in the car with it turned on but sitting still. Then short drives with no traffic, etc, building up to a regular trip. Lots of Treats for being Good while in the car maybe make you forget bad memories in the car and only remember Car=Treats? This is how my mom is teaching me to walk on leash and I’m doing much much better.

  8. What a bummer, Easy. I used to get wicked afraid and nasty carsick, and started having a bad taste as soon as the car beeped to unlock itself. Mom helped me by sitting in the car (standing still) and giving me treats and playing with me. Soon we took a few short rides to the park, and after a while of that, it turns out I LOVE the car!!

    One solution you seem not to have tried is a travel crate. I have one, but didn’t turn out to need it after all. It’s canvas and portable and collapsible when not in use. Your staff can put it in the back of the car, and you can get in and be dark and cozy with treats and a toy only given in the crate. Good luck!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  9. I’ve shredded one of this crates as I was 6 months old (think now it would be to small for me)….mom said we will try it with very short rides and taking a walk, so when we use the car I would see something what I like ..

  10. Sorry Easy but I’m not going to be of any help in your dilemma. I HATE being in a car and always have….but I know lots of dogs AND cats who have tried those “rescue remedies” of several types and they say they work – might be worth a try.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  11. Mollie says:

    I think if your Mom had a box of 1000 Lobsters..youz wouldn’t notice the cars 🙂 Have you tried a toy or treats in the back, with mom sitting next to you..Just go along play tug with the toy..you might not notice the cars..Or a Kong with some peanut butter in it..Yum xx00xxx

  12. Jen says:

    Aw, Easy 😦

    Elka gets carsick on a long enough ride, but she isn’t afraid, so we just give her Dramamine nowadays.

  13. catchatcaren says:

    Wow buddy i sure wish I could help you but I can’t. Why? I am afraid of cars too! Not to the extent that you are but i am afraid. I get in the car willingly but I refuse to sit ON the seat or look out the window like most dogs. I will only sit on the FLOOR!
    The breeder said when I was a puppy I used to get car sick. Maybe you got car sick too?
    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • Hi Dakota, I was sitting on the floor during my first months and we had not much trouble. But now I’m to tall for the floor – ha, I’ve got it: we need a large truck or we have to remove a seat, or we just drive backwards :o)

  14. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Oh, sweet Easy we wish we had a winning suggestion for you but we don’t. Chancy got car sick when he was a pup and shook when we put him in the car but once he stopped getting car sick he no longer shakes. He rides in a carrier when he is in the car. You gave us a big laugh telling about your mom mooning the oncoming traffic. Hope you find something to help you not be afraid in the car sweet friend. Hugs and nose kisses

  15. Zena says:

    I don’t like the car either but I don’t damage anything. I cry and go back and forth. I hate being tied up, that really panics me.
    After a while I calm down and am quiet, or at least when I was travelling with Zac I did, we haven’t done a long trip without him yet so I don’t know how I’ll feel.
    I think the bach remedy might come out for me too 😦
    Maybe you have a car phobia?
    Do you mind sitting in the car without the engine running? It might be good to do that a few times just to get used to being in the car then you might work out if it’s the engine vibration driving you nuts.
    Sometimes looking at everything passing at such high speeds is scary, you just can’t focus on what might be a threat or not. Zac told me it was a control issue with me but I don’t know.
    I’m excited to get in the car but worry about where I’m going. I’m sort of excited and sort of scared. I can sit in a car without it moving and not be worried at all.

    • Hi Princess, its not the engine its only the oncoming traffic. I saw the car on the other side of the road and that’s the trigger for going crazy…..No way to distract me, I’m always staring int the direction from where it could come…That’s very sad, so we can’t do a long drive for holiday or visiting grandparents…We tried this already…

      • Zena says:

        All I can do is sympathise and hope the Bach remedy works. My folks are talking about a holiday soon which means a long drive and as I am determined not to be left behind it means I have to try the car thing. Not sure how it’s going to go – we might have to turn around half way!
        It is a problem.

      • yes, princess, it is… we talk about a holiday since years, maybe the Bach remedy works and we can really start :o)

  16. LifeOfBun says:

    Aww :/ and can’t you maybe go about it like Cesar Millan did? He trained the dog to get in and out of the car first, so that he didn’t see it as something bad anymore. It worked like a charm, that doggy was even drooling all over the place because he was so incredibly nervous.

  17. Easy, we’d like to recognise your bravery and courage by inducting you into the CSI – see here for more details:-) http://wp.me/p2h87n-ko

  18. catfromhell says:

    You know, some dogs just don’t like that moving feeling! You must be one of them. Thanks for coming to my birthday party! My hairy slobbery sisters think you are quite the handsome dog!
    And we wanted to let you know we are taking a break from blogging.
    Kisses
    Kozmo

  19. saymber says:

    Easy my girl Spot understands your plight completely. For the most part, she has to travel in a crate or she goes absolutely beserk. For her, I think it’s several different reasons and one of them may be that she may have been dumped from a car by her previous owners….we aren’t sure. Car travel isn’t for everyone. My Sammy and Blondie traveled very well in the car. Sammy would use our shoulders to steer around the tight corners…gosh I miss that! So you aren’t alone Easy! Tell Mom you need a special treat from me.

  20. tylersat99 says:

    I so sorry Easy my Newfs love to ride in the car no matter what Lexie faces the front and puts her head out the window on small streets, Mica likes to face the back and see where we’ve been. My previous dog panicked and got carsick so our vet told us to give 2 Dramamine (he was about 100 lbs) and that calmed him down,but that’s a medicine he just got a little drowsy not much. Hope the natural remedy works or you could just look out the back:-)

  21. Clowie says:

    Maybe you’d feel better if they let you drive!

  22. Awww Easy, I’m sorry to read that. Do you think other cars are like dragons?
    Purrs

  23. Oh poor Easy, Maia has the bad drooling problem too. Maybe try a nice natural calmer down remedy. I see a lot of good suggestions in the comments I hope you find a solution.

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