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    How to stop barking on car rides

    Hi. I have a four year old black lab mix. She LOVES to go for car rides, but she also loves to bark at almost everything along the way. Her tail is going like crazy, so I think she's just really excited and happy but I'm not sure. She mostly barks at people walking/running/biking, other dogs and really loves to bark at trucks (or any vehicle bigger than our SUV). She also barks at the people working the drive-through, so we stopped going through drive-throughs. Any way to curb this to make our rides more enjoyable. She does have free reign in the back seat. I tried a seat belt, but she still could reach most of the back seat with it and it didn't stop her barking at all. Thanks!!

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    Sounds like a happy girl! If this has been going on for a long time, I'm guessing it will take nearly as long to break her of the habit and may depend upon how rigid you want to be with her. If she's roaming freely in the back seat and your SUV is large enough, you could put a crate in the back and have her ride in the crate. This has the advantage also of making the ride safer for her in general in case of an accident and she's less able to look out and see things that excite her to bark at. Some people are able to train their dogs to stop barking in general, like if the doorbell rings or they're looking out the window at home or barking in the yard. You could try training her not to bark in less exciting arenas and try to then step it up to not barking in the car. I haven't had this problem so I'm just thinking out loud.

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    Mine barks when she is alone i run into store or something. If some one comes near the truck , she will get puffy and aggressive. Never could get it out of her system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfz View Post
    Mine barks when she is alone i run into store or something. If some one comes near the truck , she will get puffy and aggressive. Never could get it out of her system.
    Yeah, that can be frustrating, too. It just makes it hard to bring her literally anywhere but she enjoys going for rides so much!

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    I think that's going to be hard to correct. The dogs I know who bark/barked did because they were excited to go for a ride they knew would end in a walk. They did not bark at things they saw on the way, well not much. What worked, in case it might help, was to take some (in one case many) drives to a boring place with no walk. DRiving a different route to the walk place also helped. So did stopping the car and not moving on till the barking stopped but you aren't always in a place that's safe to do. Crating so the dog cannot see out the window is an idea too. For summer you'd need a highly breathable crate cover, unless your vehicle facilitates keeping the dog below the window. And of course none of these is sure fire.
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