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I need ideas! My 11 year old dog refuses to get out of the car. He's in the leg room of the passenger seat, and it's a small car. He wouldn't get out when my parents returned from a trip to my grandparents farm with him, and that was yesterday evening. I've tried his regular food and cookies, but since he's so old he's gotten very picky about what he eats. Sooner or later I'm going to need to go somewhere in that car, and I can't have him in it when I'm at work or wherever.<br><br><br><br>
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As a last resort, if he's afraid of anything, you could sort of advance on him with it. I know it's not the best thing to do, but sometimes when my dog refuses to move I have to "threaten" him with a chair.<br><br><br><br>
good luck!
 

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slip a choker chain around his neck, attach a leash, and pull?<br><br><br><br>
if you can, pull the car seat back as far as it will go.
 

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Unfortunately, we don't have a choker chain anymore. The neighbors might. The dog might let me move the seat back, but I'm not sure, since the lever is under the seat.<br><br><br><br>
I know he's afraid of fireworks and other really loud noises. Somehow, I can't imagine that noises would entice him to get out of the car. That is... unless it were coming from the car itself. *ponders* The muffler was having some issues last week, and my dad put a temporary fix on it. I wonder if my dad would unfix it for a little while and see if that works.
 

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how big is this dog?<br><br>
what is his temperment?<br><br><br><br>
can you muzzle him (if need be) and lift him out of the car?<br><br><br><br>
dont try to terrorize the dog with scary noises, obviously something is already wrong or else he wouldnt be refusing to leave the car<br><br><br><br>
is he sleeping in the car? do you have the door open in case he wishes to leave on his own?<br><br>
you said hes 11 years old, how is his health?<br><br><br><br>
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He's out! This time, he came out when I pushed the seat back, clipped the leash to his collar, and pulled on the leash. I shut the door right after him, and I walked around to the other side of the car to shut the other door. I had to hold him back from jumping into the backseat from the other door, but at least he's inside the house now.<br><br><br><br>
To answer your questions, Caroline, his health has been very good. His teeth aren't the greatest, but the vet says that for a dog his age, the teeth are fine. I couldn't have lifted him out of the car because he's some 70 lbs and the angle would be bad. I can lift him into the bathtub, but that's because the angle is better. This refusing to leave the car bit is completely opposite of his normal temperment. He's a total people-loving dog and pretty much takes whatever treatment he gets. (He's never been mistreated, either.)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your help! I'll keep these ideas in mind for if Desi does this again.
 

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you should tell your vet about this<br><br>
sometimes animals act funny if they are sick or injured<br><br><br><br>
sometimes they also like to hide to die, so thats why i was asking<br><br><br><br>
anyway, tell your vet about it<br><br><br><br>
and give him lots of hugs for me<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skylark</i><br><br><b>Unfortunately, we don't have a choker chain anymore. The neighbors might. The dog might let me move the seat back, but I'm not sure, since the lever is under the seat.<br><br><br><br>
I know he's afraid of fireworks and other really loud noises. Somehow, I can't imagine that noises would entice him to get out of the car. That is... unless it were coming from the car itself. *ponders* The muffler was having some issues last week, and my dad put a temporary fix on it. I wonder if my dad would unfix it for a little while and see if that works.</b></div>
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A lot of cars have horns. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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yeah i'd be worried too if it's really unusual behaviour for him
 

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Glad you got him out!<br><br><br><br>
BTW, you can make a make-shift choke collar by slipping the clip end of a leash through the handle so that it makes an adjustable loop.
 
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