I cannot figure out for the life of me, what I can do to help him! I've tried giving him a calming liquid called Rescue Remedy (which is great for pets and people too)...I've also purchased a thunder shirt- which is basically a wrap that hugs them, to make them feel secure during any loud noises (thunder, fireworks, etc), and he likes it- associating it with car/adventure travel- but it absolutely doesn't make any difference. Kitchee just curls up, or stays in place attached to a harness/seat belt and lays calmly, looking up at Wyot, wondering what's up. He goes from side to side, as Wyot's senses seem to go, and he just steps on, squashes and doesn't even acknowledge anything else! He ocassionally wants to try and climb into the front seat into my lap (he is SO big, that won't fly anyway), then he sidles up and sticks his head by my head in the seat, and I pet his head, telling him all is ok, good boy...etc...and go lay down. BUT NO WAY does any of that help! He won't go for goggles, or anything that covers his view of anything. The only thing I haven't tried is blocking out the side windows on either side of the seat. But, he will still see ahead, which doesn't solve the problem.
He's been traveling in the car since day one, so this is totally a new thing, which started before Kitchee came along. Nothing in the way we have done things has changed, there were no scares of any sort that happened, so this is a total mystery. We are ALL miserable on car rides now (except Kitchee can just change position, but I worry about his getting his eye poked, or injured in some other way). My last resort is to just put a divider in the back of my SUV and have them travel that way, though I like them having a bit of freedom in the back seat, and having them travel with us, so to speak- if that makes sense. I just have the instinct that that may make things worse (I could be wrong).
Any and all feedback/advice would be so helpful. I've watched Cesar Milan's training for calming dogs on getting in the car, but that just isn't the problem, and he is fixated on getting IN the car, and won't do anything else until we open the door and let him in. Had a bit of a meltdown the other day, because it reached a point where it was just intolerable!
Other than this behavior, since Kitchee arrived on the scene, he's been a lot calmer in every other instance, which is amazing.......
Edited by KittynDoc, 19 March 2018 - 08:15 AM.