There are lots of reasons for this and can happen and can happen with any breed of any age.
There are a couple of reasons this may be happening – motion sickness or fear. First, I’d like to start by asking the following;
- Is your dog excited to go into the car?
- Does the frothing of the mouth start before they get into the car, once the engine is on or when the car starts to move?
Is your dog fearful of the car?
- Make sure to have a “high value treat” such as a stuffed Kong.
- Start by providing your dog with the stuffed Kong while sitting in your car and not turning on the engine. Continue to work on this until your dog feels comfortable.
- Again, provide your dog with the stuffed Kong and then turn on the engine. Continue to work on this until your dog feels comfortable.
- Again, provide your dog with the stuffed Kong and go for short drives around the block. Remember, slow is fast and fast is slow.
Is it motion sickness?
- If your dog is experiencing motion sickness, you may contact your pets veterinarian to prescribe anti-nausea medication. Once the dog is in the car you can try to have them in a crate that is covered by a blanket instead of having free range of the car and providing a food toy such as a stuffed Kong or even a bone.
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