March 8, 2011

Puppies Get Motion Sickness

What a week for the pups.

I have a blanket I keep on the couch for when I come out with the boys in the morning. I cover up with the blanket and Jeb will snuggle up next to me for the 7:30-9:00 nap while I either doze or work on the computer. The rest of the day, he'll still come back and sleep on the blanket, but he's not into cuddling after the early morning. *tear*

Achilles is still chewing on whatever strikes his fancy, and he started chewing on the fleece blanket. So I got onto him - not strongly. When he knows he's doing something he's not supposed to, usually just a mild "no" will be enough to make him stop. Anyway, I gave him a little 'no,' and he stopped. But that wasn't good enough for Jeb. He had to chase Achilles away from the blanket, and any time Achilles got near it, he chased him away again. Strange how those sibling roles even exist in puppies.

We've started taking walks in the morning to help them with the whole aggression and chewing mania. I think it works. They spend most of the rest of the day like this:

As soon as we get back, of course, they hit the water bowl. Achilles is a little tired by that point.

He'll even eat like that when he's tired. Lazy bum. ;)

Saturday we had to take Jeb to get a shot and schedule his neutering. (I am SO ready for the aggression to be taken down a notch!) And we found out that, unless he sleeps the whole way, Jeb gets motion sickness.

It's a 30 minute drive or so through the mountains to the shelter, and about halfway there I noticed that - instead of running back and forth to look out the windows or enjoy the breeze, like Achilles - Jeb was sitting in one spot, eyes closed, lathering. It freaked me out, but I didn't know what it meant. As soon as we pulled into the shelter, he assumed the position and tossed his lunch into the floorboard.

Then it was another 30 minute drive back in the stinky car, and when we pulled in the driveway - *blech* in the other floorboard. Poor guy now HATES the car. We took them to Petsmart the next day and when he saw we were going to get in the car, he turned on a dime and hightailed it back in the house.We had to carry him into the car. It was good, though. He made it without getting too sick - though he still lathered and kept his eyes closed - but hopefully having successful short car rides will cut down on the anxiety, and the motion sickness. He's definitely my dog, that's for sure.

9 comments:

  1. My poor pup had the same problem. The vet told us he'd grow out of it but he never did. Our trainer recommended ginger snaps to help soothe his tummy and then she helped us work with him to get over his fear of the car, but most pups will grow out of it, mine is just a big pansy ;)

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  2. I'm not sure I ever saw a dog eat or drink while lying down! What a lazy puppy!

    Jasper does the same thing. I thought he'd grow out of it, but since he's 2 years old and still has issues with it I highly doubt it's gonna happen. Dramamine works well though!!

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  3. hahaha. I love that the little pup is lying down while drinking!!

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  4. My dog used to get the worst motion sickness when she was a puppy! Seriously she could not go 15 minutes in the car without barfing.

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  5. That's so sad! I guess for the pup and for you. No one likes to clean up throw-up. Yuck.

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  6. It is too funny that Jeb was acting like a typical big brother.

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  7. Awwww poor guy!! My coworker had the same trouble with her dog so they just started going on car rides almost every other day if only around the neighborhood. Took a lot of time but her dog is okay now during long rides.

    Love the post morning walk photo!!!

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  8. Poor pup! Doggy vomit is never fun. Hopefully this will pass, and he'll get used to riding in the car. Hope you got the smell out of the car!

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  9. Oh. Poor puppy. That really stinks. I'm glad the walks are helping use up their energy.

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