Dog Training Tips: Pooping in the Car

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How to prevent dogs from pooping in the car

Traveling with dogs should be an enjoyable experience, but it’s messy and stressful when the dog is prone to motion sickness or has a habit of using the back seat as a bathroom. However, the masses do not have to be an inevitable part of car travel. A few precautions and training techniques can prevent your dog from soiling your upholstery.

basic precautions

1. Take your dog for a long walk before you take him for a ride in the car. This gives her a chance to relieve himself and helps her relax for the trip.

2. Cover the car seat with an old blanket and put some of his favorite toys on it. If your dog also vomits in the car, it’s likely that he has motion sickness and benefits from a crate ride.

3. Keep the car cool with proper ventilation and make frequent stops so you can walk outside.

Desensitize the dog to car trips

If not due to motion sickness, inappropriate evacuation in the car is usually due to anxiety or excitement. Is your dog reluctant to get in the car, or does he become uncontrollably ecstatic about going for a ride?

Reduce fear and anxiety

1. Exercise your dog vigorously before his next introduction to the car.

2. Tell her to “get in” the car or put her in the car and then get into the driver’s seat. Ignore him if he cries or complains about being in the car, because petting him will reinforce the unwanted behavior. Reward or praise him when he is calm and quiet. Then get her out of the car without driving anywhere.

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

4. Gradually increase the distance you travel with it and take it to places you like. A trip to the park shows her that car rides are rewarding, while a trip to the vet can make her anxiety worse.

Accidents can occasionally occur as your exposure to longer car trips increases. Chorus of punishing or scolding her for it; instead, reward her for her good behavior.

Calm an overly excited dog

1. Take your dog for a walk 30 to 60 minutes before each car trip and give him plenty of exercise every day.

2. Ask her to “sit” next to the car and not open the car door until she is calm and relaxed. Do this often, regardless of whether you’re actually taking her for a walk.

3. Sit in the car but tell him to “stay” to the side. Then when she complies, he invites her to get in the car. Do this every time you travel with her.

A combination of exercise, desensitization, and leadership will usually stop dogs from pooping in the car. However, in the case of motion sickness, some dogs need time to “get over it” or need additional help from a veterinarian.


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