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Registered: Feb 2004
Location: West Kill, NY
Take the pup in the box somewhere where there's no traffic, in good weather. Don't do this below zero or pouring rain or 90 degree heat. Pick a nice day or better yet, night. You want the pup to be enjoying the ride. Every time the pup barks, stop the truck. Don't slam on the brakes, but stop the truck and don't be afraid to make the pup slide around a bit. But make sure the box itself isn't sliding. When the pup quiets down, start moving again. If the pup doesn't shut up, get out of the cab. go to the back and reprimand it gently. Use whatever command you would use if it were barking in the kennel at home. I use HUSH. NO will work. Be firm but calm. Don't yell--you want the pup to be in eager-to-please mode, not scared. Sweet talk it if that's what calms the pup. The pup will figure it out pretty quick, but it may take several rides before it remains calm on every trip. Make that dog box as cozy as possible. If its way too big for him, fill it half full of straw or stuff an old pillow in there. Add something that smells like you, like a dirty t-shirt. .Give him something to teethe on. You want him to know that riding in the box is pleasant, but not too exciting--a good time to nap.
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