• I think some doggies get dizzy or nauseous when they don't see the horizon.
    With my Cosmo, I have a hefty seatbelt safety harness in the back seat she's tethered to. She then positions herself in the center in the back seat where she can see the view from the windshield between the two front seats.
    Maybe it will help if she's high enough in the vehicle (i.e. her eye-level) where she can see through the windows.

  • @isabob said in Driving/travel Issues:

    he hops in the car just fine but once it starts going he starts screaming

    omgosh! How long does that go on for?

  • Not sure we've ever had a Basenji who loved the car. Some liked it less than others. We had one who hated the car until we were going dangerous speeds, at which point he totally relaxed. LOL Long way of saying I don't think your pup is behaving abnormally.

    What happens if you hold her? Of course you can't do this all the time but if she seems comfortable then it may be she feels vulnerable, which suggests that getting a wire crate, as suggested by @Zande, would be worth a try.

    I also suspect she'll get more used to the drives. Sometimes these things take longer than you think they should.

  • Our almost 6 month old isn't keen either but is better if she has something to lick or chew.

  • Mine have always loved the car and been speed merchants - they particularly loved the motorways where Mom could really put her foot down. On the way to a show or wherever, they would sit up and show an interest in the passing scene but on the way home, they always slept.

    It wasn't the car the one I used Rescue Remedy on objected to. He hated large lorries, passing or being passed by us !

  • My 11 month old does terrible poop in the car even a short trip to the end of the street...they are not normal ones...very runny, green and foul. If I hold him on my lap he does not poop, but tromps me and is very agitated. I am trying a thundershirt.

  • @daureen said in Driving/travel Issues:

    I am using the wire crate to try to contain the poop. I can't take him anywhere. He may associate with vet. When to groomer on my lap yesterday -- he lost the battle with a skunk that got into our home, He was not happy in the car...trip was less than 1 mile.

  • Over the years, all my Rosa descendents were anxious in the car at first, then settled down with age, and only showed excitement when the van stopped.

    And then there was my problem child, IBIS. She was a screamer, at many things. The van specifically _ we put her in a wire cage in the van (then the truck), like we use at home, about 2 1/2 ft wide, 3 ft deep, 3 ft high. She got to the point that she screamed for the first 5 minutes, settled down, but every stop sign/light, screamed, quietly gradually to blood curdling. I was always reminded of the story I heard on the old basenji list about the neighbor in the apartment building calling 911 because there was a woman being murdered in the apartment next door - and it was the basenji!
    She did best with the highway driving.
    Never poop or throwing up, it was anger, not the driving itself. When we stopped I think she felt she could get out NOW.
    She went through life thinking "I'm the Ibis, gotta love me!"
    To the poster that has the screaming dog, I'm very sorry, it is not fun. Luckily Ibis was so good natured, and so lovable she got through it (us too).
    Sorry, got off topic - Ibis would feel that's fitting, Gotta Love me! She is the one that we were more outwardly sad when we helped her cross the Rainbow Bridge when she was allowed to pass. She was 16

  • If you have ever transported a reluctant cat, you have a good idea of what it is like to ride with a screaming Basenji! That said, mine have mostly been reasonable. I find if their first experience in a car is a long trip, they may settle down more easily the second and subsequent times since they don't expect they are getting out every time you stop....

  • @eeeefarm No, the only thing I can think of in this case would be, maybe she picks up on my nerves that I have for Leeloo being nervous or peeing in her bed. We use a pee pad, but maybe if I'm more relaxed she will naturally be more relaxed as well. Maybe a case of feeding off each other's energy. I in particular try and drive very slow with her, so she isn't too overwhelmed with the movement. My previous dog loved car rides so this is definitely a new thing for me to try and get through.

  • @imbj I did notice the higher she was the more "comfortable" she got, so possibly having her up high in a crate may work.

  • @love_leeloo
    They do like to “see” - so the higher up makes sense.

  • Basenjis like to see, and not just in the car. When we moved from the farm to a house in town, I was worried about how my boy Perry would adjust to the change. As it turned out, he liked it from the get go, because of the big windows that he could see out of without having to jump on furniture to have a view. As soon as our furniture arrived he settled right in. In the car, I think they are happiest when they can see out.....but some will get sick if they are riding backwards and looking out the back window, as in some hatchbacks if they are behind the rear seat. Found that out the hard way with my Border Collie. Riding shotgun suited him much better!

  • @elbrant It goes on till we get where we are going then he knows when we are going home because he is much more relaxed. So we do not go on many car rides.

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