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    my great pyr pup absolutly hates car rides. ive been trying to get him to get into the car willingly but whenever he sees the door open he runs in the other direction. ive had to pick him up and put him in the car. then of course i give him a treat as soon as hes in. but it wont be too much longer untill i wont be able to lift him. any advie? thanks =]

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    I think this topic has been brought up before-
    I'd try just sitting in the car with him when the engine is off for 10 minute increments when you're not actually going in there. I scattered treats all over where he sat so that he explored the area. And later, start turning on the engine, short trips around the block, building up the time he feels comfortable.
    On the first ride home, my pup was scared sh*tless. Literally. He threw up once too and spent the first week worth of car rides with his head under the back of my seat. But now he loves car rides, he can't wait to get in and look out the window because he knows we're going somewhere exciting.
    We have a truck- so the pup has a hard time getting in which was the biggest issue. At 4.5 months and 57 pounds, he still can't jump up into the cab by himself. I have him put his paws on the edge and say '1, 2, 3 PUSH!' and give him the boost at 'push'. I did it consistently enough where he knew the boost was coming at that word.
    Another thing you might want to try is to have him on a leash, then just go and sit at the far end of the back seat with the door open, then line the seat with treats, and wait it out until he's tantalized by the food and tries to climb in. I find that a lot of animals are more willing to do things once they have done it once of their own accord.

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    okay ill give that a try.
    once Cornelius gets into the car hes perfectly fine. its jus tthe initial getting in that he doesnt like. and if were not home he will get into the car. like when i go on a trip up to new york we stop at a rest area and he goes out does his business and jumps right back into the car. well. i haev a jeep so i have to give him a boost but none the less hes ready to get back into the car. im thinking its just because he doesnt like leaving the house?

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    I'd say, practice, practice, practice! Get him in the car, get him out of the car, repeat. Once he's willing to get in and out, go for lots of short drives. He just needs to learn car rides are part of life. Have fun!

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    What were the destinations the last car rides and what was traffic like (a lot of stop and go driving)?

    Treats are good to help them get into the vehicle, but you should also think about the actual car ride and destination. When our dogs were younger, we would alternate the car rides with trips to the park and other destinations that they liked - then every third trip, or so, would be to the vet. Just something else to consider.

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    so its been a few more months. still not much better. he wont run away anymore. hell stand next to me but wont get in the car. most of the trips have been to the beach about an hour away he love it there, between wading in the water and chasing leaves across the beach. still sketchy about the initial get in the car.

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    So far, it's been my observation that Great Pyrenees don't take to car rides like other breeds, ie. labs, shepherds, collies. My two will do the car ride thing, but they don't act like it's something they love they act like it's something they will tollerate, as a means to an end. So, for the most part they just stay home except for the occassional vet visit. It's my border who gets the privlage of rides.
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    When our great pyr was a puppy he hated the car as well. I noticed from the very beginning that he got car sick. He would always drool heavily and sometimes vomit. He would even do this riding on the back of the truck around the farm. He finally just grew out of it, although he does seem to drool a little more while riding even still.

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    For Peaches, an adult female foster that I have about one and half months, in the beginning I would always have to carry her into the car, into the house, into the cage....Pyr strategy is to play opposum and go limp.

    Eventually she got it and after 4 weeks she nicely goes into the house and amazingly has learned my Leaving Routine and knows when she needs to go in her cage.

    She nicely goes into the car, actually loves a car ride and does circles of excitement if I just glance at the garage's service door. Peaches excessively drools in the car and throws up but she LOVES a car ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPUS View Post
    ...Pyr strategy is to play opposum and go limp...
    LOL.... been there done that. It's called passive resistance, and Great Pyrenees love to use that trick. Just this morning my Sissy Girl decided she wanted to stay indoors after our walk down the road to see yet another neighbors new house being crained into place. (yes my place way out in the country is rapidly becoming the middle of town) So I said "it's time to go outside Sissy", and she just laid on her bed and looked at me. I walked over too her and I pointed at the open door and said "go outside sissy." And she rolls over on her back, and looks at me.
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