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Whimpering in the car


Shelby loves car rides, but she hates being separated from us. Being restrained in the back seat makes her unhappy, and she whimpers. Most of my car trips with her take abou 30 minutes, which is a long time to hear dog whimpering. Sometimes I open the window so that she has something to distract her. This works, except now that it's winter, I'm not such a big fan of having all this cold air blowing around the car...so I put up with the whimpering instead.

This time, I brought one of Shelby's favorite chew bones with us. It's pretty hard for her to whimper when she's got a mouthful of bone. It completely worked. She not only didn't whimper, but she appeared to lose all interest in everything else going on in the world.

November 27, 2004 | Permalink


My boyfriend and I just got back from an 8 hour road trip to see my folks with the boys (Bandit - 4 yrs, fawn, Hadji - 2.5 yrs, fawn and Oliver - 7 months, black) in tow, so I feel your pain.

Our car trips tend to start with whimpering, then progress to playing/ fighting and it's only once we hit the highway that they start to settle down...
I figure it's so boring for them that all they can do is sleep!

I don't like giving them treats while driving because i'm the kind of paranoid pug mom that thinks they are going to choke while I'm kareening down the highway at 75mph!! That said, I'm all for whatever works!

Posted by: Bandit, Hadji and Oliver's Mom | Nov 28, 2004 9:16:06 AM

Aww Shelby is so cute. Glad the bone worked..great tip for me to use. :)

Posted by: Amanda | Nov 28, 2004 1:01:58 PM

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