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Old 11-08-2017, 02:26 PM
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My dog just sits patiently in the front seat of my pick up truck and from the first time she came with I would always say "hang on" when I used the brakes or turned left or right. I assume she learned the nature of g-forces through exposure and associated my verbal cue with the pending changes due to my actions while driving. What ended up happening was, when I say "hang on" she would purposely lean all the way back against the seat and anchor herself better for the ensuing increase in g-force.

On a side note, when I get out of the vehicle, she will always take my seat, I guess she likes the driver's seat better? She does the same in our motor home but she rides on the floor between my wife and I but the moment I get out, boom she's in the driver's seat. I wonder if that is a critique of my driving skills or lack of?
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As far as the "to crate, or not to crate" debate goes. My aussie has always loved her crate, but rarely do we ever close the door on her crates. My previous dog hated a crate and we never crate trained him, which in his older age i really regretted. He had to have 3 surgeries, 2 of which involved vet stays for several days. At the vet he was kept in a crate to be monitored, he cried and fought the crate so much he had to be sedated, in order for his body to heal. It completely broke my heart that I probably could have prevented this.

As for as dogs in crates over the age of 35, I'm 33 and I can always remember my friends dogs sleeping in crates, but a lot of them were bird hunting dogs or show dogs.
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My dog just sits patiently in the front seat of my pick up truck and from the first time she came with I would always say "hang on" when I used the brakes or turned left or right. I assume she learned the nature of g-forces through exposure and associated my verbal cue with the pending changes due to my actions while driving. What ended up happening was, when I say "hang on" she would purposely lean all the way back against the seat and anchor herself better for the ensuing increase in g-force.

On a side note, when I get out of the vehicle, she will always take my seat, I guess she likes the driver's seat better? She does the same in our motor home but she rides on the floor between my wife and I but the moment I get out, boom she's in the driver's seat. I wonder if that is a critique of my driving skills or lack of?
I think she wants to drive :-):-) you should let her :-):-)smart dog for leaning way back :-):-)

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I think it was to avoid the exploding eyeballs example.
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On a side note, when I get out of the vehicle, she will always take my seat, I guess she likes the driver's seat better? She does the same in our motor home but she rides on the floor between my wife and I but the moment I get out, boom she's in the driver's seat.
Yes! This is Bus! I've never had a dog who takes up residence in the driver's seat as soon as the driver vacates it. And when I get back in (particularly if my hands are full, or if I'm trying to hurry so as to not get mugged in a sketchy area), I sometimes have to physically push him out of the way- I figured if I just climbed in and sort of sat "on" him, he'd get the hint, but then it was just a struggle to get him out from under my butt in the confines of the car. I assume either it's because the seat is warm from being occupied (and as it's often just me and him, is the only seat that's pretty much always "pre-warmed"), or maybe because he knows that when the occupant of that seat returns, the trip will resume. He spends a lot of time hanging out in the car, and you would never know there was a dog in there when he curls up in the seat- little black dog curled tightly on a black seat. Better than his alternative car behavior though, which is sprawled out sunning on the dash on warm sunny days
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An observation and I hope I fit into it: Even though there have been varied opinions in this thread regarding the use or non-use of crates and how our dogs travel with us in vehicles, most everyone has been very understanding of each other's preferences and practices. I've seen this topic take a more pointed nature to it at other times but not this time mostly. I believe we do what we feel is best for our dogs and it is truly difficult to find fault in that.
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