Crazy Springer Behaviour once out of the car

by Sue
(Wakefield West Yorkshire)

Charlie

Charlie

Ess 1 year old adores car travel. Very well behaved whether in for 5mins or 5 hours but fights to run away when let out at journeys end. I cannot hold him, my husband struggles and any collar/lead he is wearing (&we have many types)just chokes him Very distressing. Walks reasonably well with no car journey but is restricted now to go further afield. Otherwise happy good dog. please help We canot take him to new places & feel trapped


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Aug 13, 2013
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Car Travel Update NEW
by: Anonymous

Quick update and thanks to all who helped with their comments. Charlie now sits and waits until instructed to get out (and in) the car. he will even sit and wait for a command before taking off once out. its taken nearly 24months from when we got him at 4 months old but we got there. To anyone still struggling please dont give up. They are such hard work but so rewarding and whenever we give charlie a little bit more trust (which is immensely hard when they run off I know) we get trust back He loves to be given that bit of freedom & now comes back to us every time. His expression when we work together in an open field is magical if dogs can smile that's what charlies doing. This is what our springer wanted - freedom & to work for his owners with a ball, stick or just basic sit & recall commands.This is what its about ESS lovers - thankyou again from Me AND Charlie x

Aug 12, 2013
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by: Chuck

Pat yourself on the back!

Aug 12, 2013
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by: Anonymous

The word is heel !

Oct 14, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thank you all so much for your helpful comments. I am taking charlie out in the car at every opportunity & he is much improved.I'll keep practising letting him out only in familiar surroundings.What I really need now is a secure field so he can run off that initial burst of energy & i can practice recall.Anyone got a secure field near Wakefield West Yorkshire England (ha ha)

Oct 14, 2012
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by: Chuck

I have 3 Springers, and I travel a lot with them. Springers are just balls of energy, especially when they know they are going to travel somewhere. I've learned that spending a good amount of time teaching them commands helps control them while getting them out of a car. The commands I use are SIT, STAY, RELEASE and HEAL. My dogs ride in the back of my truck under a shell and when I open the back to let them out they are shivering and whinning with excitement. I command them to SIT, which means they now have to wait for the next command, RELEASE. Once my surroundings looks clear for a blast of Springers shooting out of my truck, I use the Command RELEASE. If I have forgotten their leashes and I'm at a place where I don't want them startling people when they RELEASE, I take them from SIT to HEAL, until I can get them to an area away from people. This type of training is time consumming, but it is well worth the effort.

Good luck!

Oct 11, 2012
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car journeys NEW
by: Anonymous

I always strap my dogs in the car in seatbelts both for safety when travelling and to make sure they won't ever leap out when I open the door.


Don't stop the journeys in the car, I would take the dog out in the car and then come home without letting the dog out until you get home, so the dog is happy to get out of the car at home in a familiar environment. Also the excitement/fear of being out of the car will be diminished. I'd do it daily if possible and see how you get on. Not taking the dog in the car will be making a rod for your own back - you won't be able to take the dog on holiday with you or out for days unless you get the dog happy with car journeys and being relaxed at the end of the trip.

Oct 11, 2012
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out of the car behaviour NEW
by: Anonymous

While at home, let your dog in the car, then without going anywhere let him out again rewarding him when he does the leave the car how you want him to, at least its in the safety of your own land so it will not be as distressing for you, hope this helps :)

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