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Excessive drooling in car

Discussion in 'Behavior' started by Stscey Uhrig, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Stscey Uhrig

    Stscey Uhrig Forums Novice

    Dec 4, 2017
    Hi all!

    I have a 10 mo old sheltie that is very anxious in the car. She drools excessively. To the point she is soaked after a 30 min car ride. We have her now in a crate in the back of our SUV. Any suggestions to either a) help with the drooling or b) what to wear to prevent getting so drenched?!
  2. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    Western Connecticut
    This kind of "stress drooling" isn't uncommon and she should grow out of it. For now, it's good that you have her riding in a crate where she'll be more secure. The only way to keep her dry that I know of is to buy some baby bibs and put them on her when she's in the car. They'll keep her dry at least and can be washed.

    For her stress, you could try some Rescue Remedy drops or Homeopathic Anxiety drops. Neither are chemical and may help. You can find both on Amazon. I like this one and have used it with some success. https://www.amazon.com/HomeoPet-147...413169&sr=8-4&keywords=anxiety+drops+for+dogs
  3. Chris

    Chris Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Rescue Remedy is excellent. Layla still drools sometimes on long trips, so we use it for any ride more than three hours.
  4. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Premium Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg Mb
    It's good that your crating her in the car, it will eventually make her feel more secure and comfortable in the car. You could also try to condition her to being in the car by taking short trips and giving her treats and praise (help her relax and lessen her fear) as someone else drives the car. Gradually take longer and longer trips as she gets more used to it.
    When Piper was a young pup I put his crate in the front passenger seat and if he was ever scared or nervous I would reach in and pat him and calm him down. He loves his car rides now (of course he always has to ride shotgun but crated).
  5. k9kreationz

    k9kreationz Premium Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Portland, OR
    If I can find my post, I'll post the link. You can also start working on desensitizing her and conditioning her that car rides means good stuff. My dog Vogue does this too, stress drools, but even after a few sessions, she may pant sometimes, but at least there's way way WAY less drool.

    Here's the thread. It will give you some guidance on how to desensitize and help the anxiety.

    BTW, I've tried the thundershirt, it kinda worked once.
  6. SKNerissa

    SKNerissa Forums Enthusiast

    Dec 3, 2013
    Kelowna, BC, Canada
    You have some good advice here. The only thing I would add is to make sure that any crate or harness you use has passed independent crash testing by the Center for Pet Safety. Unfortunately pet restraints are unregulated and many claim to be crash tested but don't offer adequate protection. The back of an SUV is considered a "crumple zone" which means it is designed to crush in an accident to absorb the shock. As such, it's a very dangerous place for a dog that isn't in a solid crash tested crate.

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