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Old 01-30-2016, 10:14 PM
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It's so beautiful here in Ohio today that I took Lola out with me late afternoon to run some errands. Placed her in her booster seat in the front next to me, which she really hasn't ridden in all that much at all - this was perhaps the second or third time, as when she's all bundled she rides in my lap.

So today she got car sick several times... I feel so sorry for her, poor baby. I ended up taking her out of the seat and putting her on my lap, and she was fine for the drive home.

Question: is this something that will eventually work itself out - my eldest used to get so car sick when she was a baby lol - or is this something that would be endemic to travel? I want her to come with me but I don't want her to be sick either... Thanks!
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Can she see out of the car when she is in your lap? If not, maybe a carrier or crate on the floor of the passenger seat would work. It could be the visual stimulation upsetting her, and she could still see you from there if you think that helps her stay calm. It is very unsafe to drive with a dog on your lap, but I wouldn't want her to be sick either! Many puppies outgrow carsickness. I had a foster that got carsick every time we were in the car for more than a few minutes, but she outgrew it.


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I agree with Reta. I had a very anxious chi (a puppymill mama I rescued) that did her best traveling covered up with a towel, in her crate.
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I would do short trip with her to the park so she associates car rides with fun trips like to the park. If the only place she goes is the vet, every time she gets in the car she'll think she's going to get ouchies or poked and prodded. Encourage her as you're driving by telling her "We're going for a car ride" "We're going to the park for walkies" "You're such a good girl," etc... As long as she sees on your face that you're enjoying the car ride and not stressed, she'll realize it's a good thing and she'll be more calm.
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Mine also get car sick if they're in booster - I think it is because they can see out. I know a cage or just on the seat they are fine
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I've noticed that Mickey is uncomfortable when I hang the booster from the headrest as designed. He's relaxed when I buckle it in so it sits on the seat. I haven't met a chi yet that enjoys looking out the window much.
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Leo gets car sick. Doesn't matter if he can see out or is in his cage. He's just prone to it. Poor thing....
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Okay, I'd like to say my baby outgrew her car sickness, but it was pointed out to me that she only become sick when I was driving!!! I guess it was her commentary on my driving capability. She no longer gets car sick, but she looks at me suspiciously when I put her in her seat...."no quick stops, and and no fast turns, okay mom?"
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