Pupdate - Max
Max doesn't like to get in the car. In fact, he avoids it. He is a young, healthy Labrador Retriever, so he is physically able to do it. He doesn't get sick in the car. In fact Max rides very nicely. His owners take him fun places so he doesn't associate car rides with negative outcomes like going to the veterinarian, so we're not quite sure where this aversion comes from. I initially tried luring him in with some food but Max wasn't having it. I then walked to the other side of the car and opened the door across from him and, lo and behold, he jumped right in. We tried this with two different cars and he jumped in every time. It seems that, for some reason, the enclosed space was causing some fear or anxiety about jumping in. Once we changed the environment and gave him a different perspective we were able to change his behavior. Another win for Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Reinforcement.
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Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI