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just picked up a new puppy. need to start training him. couple of questions for those who know more than I do. 1) any ideas or suggestions for crate training? 2) what is the best way to get a dog used to riding in a vehicle? or is this somethng that should wait until he's older? (currently 8 weeks)
Puppies come with a survival instinct to stay close to the pack....being away from the pack in the wild is a death sentence. That's their greatest fear and the thing you want to keep in mind when you train. Building confidence and trust takes time and it's not coddling or babying. It's tapping into the pups natural curiosity, wanting to explore and rewarding displays of bravery.
Socialization (riding in cars, meeting strangers, new places, etc.) is all about looking for fears...is he afraid of certain sights, sounds? Avoid pushing the pup over the edge by overwhelming him a flood of both....pick one or the other (a new sight or a new sound..to work...go slow. Build the trust first.
Motion sickness can be from stress or it can be physical related to the movement and visuals. If you put the pup in a crate in the car so he can't SEE out he may not be as ill. He should have a very small amount to eat (maybe ten kibbles or so) before getting in the car. Too much=vomit, Too little=vomit. LOL..what was his behavior like in the car? Excited? Frightened? Totally stressed?
YOu can also work on desensitizing him to the car. In the car, start the car, don't go anywhere. End and get out of the car. Repeat. Go a couple of houses or around the block, repeat. etc. Keep them short and sweet.
Re the crate training, I'm not sure what you are asking...opinions? I LOVE crate training. Has he been crated before at the breeder? If so you are ahead of the game.
Oh and people here who expect good answers need to post pics of their new pups...it's a RULE..lol