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Old 08-09-2007, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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tomorrow morning we need to drive to aberdeen to collect the dog we are rescueing its we think about 3 hours each way.

so we will have kiki on the way home ~ any suggestions on how to make the journey better for her ~ she'll be in a strange car with strange people

any advice comments ect would be wonderful

P.S I hope this is in the right forum
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Congratulations on your new dog! I hope that you and she have loads of fun together!!

I'm not going to be much help on the travelling front because my dogs have always been brilliant in the car - including my rescue dog even though he kept being taken in cars to various places and left (I was his third proper home in a year and he'd been returned the breeder in between as well...)

I know that some dogs can find it very stressful - I believe you can get a DAP spray to help or some Bach Flower Remedies (I was at a training day today and one lady said she used it for both her and the dog!!).

Short journeys may be a good idea - so a short journey a stop for a quick walk and drink and back in the car but as I said I'm not speaking from experience. We just put Sam in the car and went - he was quite happy so you may find that you don;t have any problems

Good luck and I hope the journey goes well
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When we got our Dane some 4yrs ago we had the same thing......

It was 230miles to Peterhead and due to the roads thats about a 4hr trip and the same on the return trip with as you say a dog in a strange car with strange people, This is how we did it if it helps.

Spent an hour getting to know the dog before even thinking of leaving, then gave him a quick 15min walk up the road then straight in the car and away. As you don't know the dog I would strongly recommend ensuring he/she is secure in the car and not jumping around. then take a break if the dog starts to show signs of wanting to use the loo etc.

Make sure you have a plenty of water for him/her.
Hope you have a great trip, and then many happy years with your new rescue..... look forward to some pictures
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