How to get your dog to ride in a tractor, car or other farm vehicle!
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How to get your dog to ride in a car or truck
Odo is a young sheepdog who was returned to us, because he wouldn’t get in a car.
Our target is to get Odo to jump into a car, or at least to not mind riding in one.
The dog’s reward for riding in the car, will be that at the end of the journey, he gets to work sheep.
Many good dogs are seriously injured or killed while running near vehicles.
When a vehicle is moving on the farm, it’s safer for the dog to ride inside it.
Riding in the vehicle can save the dog’s energy, if the stock are far from the farm.
Insisting the dog rides in a vehicle with you, strengthens the bond between you.
1st attempt at loading Odo into the car – he’s not happy!
Until it gets used to it, every sound and every movement, will probably frighten the dog.
Yawning is a sure sign that a dog is not happy.
Keep the dog in place, until you’re ready for it to jump out of the vehicle.
Odo’s first reward for his (very short) car journey.
Cut some slack for the dog’s stress level
Having just got out of a ‘scary’ vehicle, the dog’s work might not be good at first.
A sheep jumps out of the training ring.
Ending the session – time to put Odo back in the car!
2nd attempt at loading Odo.
Odo sits in the (stationary) car for a few moments, and then goes back to the sheep.
Odo’s tail shows he’s nervous as he get sheep away from the hurdles.
It’s time for Odo to go back to the car again.
3rd attempt at loading Odo into the car – and he jumps in!
Once again, after a few moments in the car, Odo goes back to the sheep.
Once Odo settles down with the sheep, it’s time to go back to the car again.
4th attempt to load Odo into the car – he jumps in enthusiastically.
Odo goes for a little drive in the field.
After being driven a short way, Odo goes to the sheep again.
5th attempt to load Odo into the car.
6th attempt at loading Odo (without the lead this time).
It took 18.5 minutes to get Odo to jump into the car unaided!
Leadership and a reward, can help get a dog to do something it doesn’t want to do.
So what happened the next time Odo was asked to get in the car?
Watch all 7 attempts to get Odo into the car!
Rejected because he wouldn’t get in the car!
Poor Odo went to a sheep farm, but his new owner brought him back to us a few days later, because he couldn’t get the dog into his car to go to work! That was a pity because Odo was working really well, and how to get your dog to ride in a vehicle is a very simple matter – if you know what to do!
Working dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to learn things that we want them to do, there must be some reward in it for them. Fortunately, one of the greatest rewards you can give a sheep or cattle dog is to allow it to work the stock.
This is obviously a great help when we train a dog to work livestock, but in this tutorial Andy uses the reward of working sheep to get Odo, who is terrified of going in a vehicle, to jump in and go for a ride!