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Hi,

My Basset is a rescue so I don't know his full past but he has serious issues with car journeys. He'll wail and cry and won't even take treats as he's so stressed out.

It's strange as he's happy to jump in the car but about 5 mins into a journey he'll start up. We've tried him in the boot, back seat (with harness and seatbelt) and even front seat but it's all the same to him.

We started going on very small journeys and tried building them up but he's always the same!

If anyone has any ideas/tricks to help we'd be very grateful!

Thanks in advance :)
 

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similar issue with sophie (3k)..... was eager to get in the car then howled and wouldn't even take peanut butter treats. seemed inconsolable

consulted with vet; tried medication...no luck

UNTIL ........soundtrack (I think, maybe someone else on the forum) suggested it wasn't distress at all, rather excitement!

she was right!!!! the eagerness to get into the car was her clue.

She said her dog would howl as tho greatly distressed but it was excitement.

That turned out to be the case with soph. still does it to this day although frequent short trips have helped.

you may, as do we, just have a dog so excited to go they can't contain themselves. sophie's howls are intense.......:p
 

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Sorry about your travel problems ..... we've had anything from those who vocalised the entire trip (and yes this was probably more to do with excitement-anticipation), threw up, to those who just found it a great adventure. We have noticed, with the difficult ones, that they travel far better when it's dark outside - soooo, capitalising on that, perhaps using a crate (which I prefer in any case) and covering it to provide a darker area would be a good idea.

There are also non-drug pills (we use Kalm Aid here in the UK) that may help if given in advance of a known trip.

It is a fact that as a breed, generally Bassets are not great travellers but it does help to have a young puppy and get them used to the car as part of the general training. We'd put young puppies in the back of the car, tailgate up and sit with them, playing with toys, so being in there wasn't at all scary. It was only when they appeared to be fine in there that we'd move on to shutting the tailgate, starting the engine etc. But even at that stage, we didn't move off the driveway. Eventually we did, making sure the early trips were short, and on smooth roads with little turns. On a long trip most will settle down for a sleep - the engine noise being constant (ideally on motorways/freeways).

I honestly think that using a crate would be better than a seat belt - you may of course (like we did with our very first hound, having to sell our MG which hurt) have to change to a 'Basset-suitable' car!!

My only advice is to keep at it - perhaps with the help of non-drug medication. Again with one of ours who was a terrible traveller - until we hit a period of repeated vet trips (ingested grass seed!) which actually cured him - showing that keeping at it, does work!! :)
 

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make sure it is not Motion sickness

things that can help Preventing the dog seeing out the windows by using a crate

Motion sickness tablets


ginger i.e ginger snaps, ginger bread.
 

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Thank you everyone, really good advice and such a relief to think that perhaps it's excitement rather than fear. We'll keep at it and try those suggestions!

Many thanks
 

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Let him get his head out of the window, maybe he's claustrophobic
NO!!! and no again. This is the fast way to have him develop conjunctivitis. We have neighbours who allow their two Labs to hang out of the windows of their car and it makes me cringe. This is a very dangerous thing to do. By all means make sure there's a good current of air through, but never allow a dog to hang his head out of a car window when travelling.
 

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I can't imagine to travel without my basset. When it happens to let him home alone, I feel so guilty that I can't wait to return. Usually when we take him with us at long rides, we always try to hit the road early in the morning when it's dark outside, so he can sleep. Also, always turn the air conditioning on. The dog needs a lower temperature for its comfort, so keep that in mind. Besides that, there are some plant based drugs called kratom, that reduce considerably anxiety. You can find them here Kratom: A Complete Guide to the History & Uses of this Natural Product | Sacred Kratom . We always take them with us, in case he gets stressed and can't handle the road anymore. However, consult the vet for the right dose.
 
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