Dog Training Tips – Do Not Poop In The Car

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How do you stop dogs from pooping in the car?

Traveling with dogs should be an enjoyable experience, but it’s messy and stressful when the dog tends to hold a car or has a habit of using the backseat as a bathroom. Confusion need not be an inevitable part of car journeys, though. A few precautions and training techniques can prevent your dog from soiling the upholstery.

Basic Precautions

1. Take your dog for a long walk before getting in the car. This gives him the opportunity to relax and helps him relax for the journey.

2. Wrap the car seat in an old blanket and put some of his favorite toys on it. If your dog also vomits in the car, it’s likely he got sick and could benefit from traveling in a crate instead.

3. Maintain a comfortable temperature in the car with proper ventilation and stop often so it can move around outside.

Sensitize the Dog to Car Drives

Improper elimination in the car is usually due to anxiety or excitement, if not from motion sickness. Is your dog reluctant to get in the car or uncontrollably ecstatic about going for a ride?

Reducing Fear and Anxiety

1. Give your dog vigorous exercise before the next time he enters the car.

2. Tell him to “get in” or dock the car and then sit in the driver’s seat. Ignore her if she cries or whines because she’s in the car, because spoiling her will only reinforce the unwanted behavior. Reward or praise him when he is calm and quiet. Then get him back from the car without going anywhere.

3. Repeat the first two steps for a few days or until you can calmly accept being in the car. Then go around the block or even your own driveway with him and praise him after the short ride.

4. Gradually increase the distance you cover with him and take him to places he likes. A trip to the park might show her that car trips bring rewards, while a trip to the vet can make her anxiety worse.

Accidents can sometimes happen as you increase your exposure to longer car journeys. Avoid punishing or scolding him for this; instead, reward him for his good behavior.

Calming an Overly Excited Dog

1. Walk your dog for 30 to 60 minutes before each car journey and give him plenty of exercise each day.

2. Give him the command to “sit” next to the car and do not open the car door until he calms down and relaxes. Do this often, regardless of whether you’re actually taking him for a ride.

3. Sit in the car but tell it to “stay” with it. Then, invite him to the car when he obeys. Do this every time you travel with him.

A combination of exercise, desensitization, and leadership often prevents dogs from pooping in the car. However, in the case of car sickness, some dogs need time to “grow up” or additional help from a veterinarian.


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