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Old 05-05-2015, 11:27 AM   #15
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I agree with Bob and Larry - have everything on the car side checked as well as on the trailer side. Something may be rattling squeaking that she can hear but not you. Grease the trailer ball?

As far as the dog goes I personally prefer the dogs to ride in a fully enclosed kennel if space permits. Most of mine over the years have appeared to be far more comfortable in their own enclosed space when traveling. Also Bach Rescue Remedy is a great product to use to relieve stress/fear in humans and animals. If you have not tried it yet it may be worth a go. I became aware of it a number of years ago while attending a first aid course. No ill effects and they do make one specifically for dogs now. I don't know the difference between it and the original as I have only used the original on dogs.

I had a lab that during a thunder storm would get very stressed out and go into a closet and try and dig his way through the floor - a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy on his tongue and he would behave as it there was no storm at all going on.

Bach Flower Remedy, has any human tried it?
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:09 PM   #16
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Hi Penny and Mike,

As Carol already wrote, get a bottle of Rescue Remedy, and give your dog some an hour before you leave. It works very well. We used it on foals before going on a trailer ride, and to pups that were less than certain about car-rides. Sedating is not a long term solution.
Glad to hear that someone else here has had a good results in using the Bach Rescue Remedy as well.

What I found most interesting about the use of Bach Rescue Remedy was as I said I discovered it while taking a first aid course for humans not animals.

It was suggested by the instructors that everyone should keep a bottle of it in their cars first aid kit as it can be used to calm down a seriously injured person while they await transport to the Emergency. It will not interfere in anyway with any procedures or medications they may need once they get to the hospital. Unlike some prescription based products that one might get from their doctors or in this case a vet.

For people such as myself who often camp in areas that are not in close proximity to an Emergency care center or with no cellphone coverage, its a great product to keep on hand in the trailer should someone seriously hurt themselves and there is going to be a delay in getting help fast.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:21 PM   #17
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Bach Flower Remedy, has any human tried it?
Dr Oz has for one (for what its worth )
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #18
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Hi Norm and Ginny,
I've used on children after a fright, and on adults (they were in a fender bender;-)
they calmed down right away. I only buy the RR for humans, and use it whenever something scary happens, be they two- or fourlegged. I even put it in the baby chicks' water after picking them up from the bus- depot. Lambs and foals when being weaned. Shelf life is unlimited, and it is cheap.
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You might try a sound recording while towing and play it later when the dog is calm at home and see if she reacts to the recording. If she does then you know it isn't the trip but a sound during the trip. Most cell phones these days will record video with sound.

The insecurity could also be caused by the human factor. They pick up on human emotions and stress reactions and carry it themselves. Make sure your calm, they need their masters to be calm and secure. If I learned anything about dogs from the dog whisperer Cesar Millan problems are usually induced by there masters.

In my case I can easily get my dog worked up when packing for a trip. She sees us rushing about and left worrying about herself. Its easy to spend 2 days giving little attention to the dog. She starts worrying about being left behind which is more often than not. As soon as she sees her bag getting packed to go she starts to calm down. We don't need to pack her a bag but do it on purpose right in front of her. Favorite toys, cookies, leash and bowls. She knows what's hers or not. Her expressions go from worry to excitement then she can't wait to go.

Since your dog is small a travel kennel packed with her stuff early on close to the door may help. A couple of trips in the kennel she will learn its home and she wont be left behind will probably help.
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Hi Carol,
I always have that, and a few basic homeopathic remedies with me esp. when camping. How cool that you were told about it in a first aid course!
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Stevebaz, you sound like you have your dog figured out. My dogs know we're off on a roadtrip when their beds, bowls etc go near the door. (I do their "luggage" first) and they settle in for the long haul right away. We travel with the back seat down, they can sleep or gaze out the window. Both are used to travel kennels, and will nap in them, they seem to enjoy the cave- like space.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:45 PM   #22
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Our dog knows what the cooler means. Cooler means Road Trip! Excited until we get underway and stays that way for a long long time.

About kennel cages. If your dog has one at home it tends to become the dogs "safe place". Do sometimes use them for confinement but most of our adult dogs have tended to sleep in them at least some of the time by choice when we leave the door open. In effect if it is used at home it becomes the home when you travel. With an old blanket as a cover it was where one dog would go during storms. The current dog prefers an interior bathroom without windows but then her cage is not always available.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. Will definitely ask Mike about checking the bearings and lubricate on hitch. I know it needs it. He's had the bearings checked in past but it's overdue. Tires were replaced/balanced last year, they were definitely the problem that started Abby's fear and anxiety as we started out on a trip. I could feel the increased vibration, especially in back seat. Unfortunately, once she experienced that, it made her sensitive and now she's always sensitive with the trailer hooked up. Will look into the Easy Lift hitch brand, appreciate your information Wayne.

We're likely going to get anti-anxiety meds for Abby. First, I've ordered a pheromone collar to see if that will help. Have tried Rescue Remedy, it doesn't work for her level of anxiety. I've great success with it in dogs for other issues.

We're thinking we won't take the trailer on this trip, might be easier to rent a cabin in the Teton Valley area and travel 'light' with just the car. (hard to consider, we love our home on wheels, but sometime have to 'think outside the box', so to speak!) But certainly plan to do more camping closer to home this year and want to resolve this dog vs trailer vibration issue!

(PS would love being talked into taking our trailer by someone telling us of a great camping place in Teton Valley, ID! )
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I always have that, and a few basic homeopathic remedies with me esp. when camping. How cool that you were told about it in a first aid course!
What's cooler is that it was problem more than 15 years ago I was told about it and before it was real trendy with the TV doctors

I did not know until about 10 years ago that I could use it on dogs though... only found that out when I made the switch to a vet that had trained/licensed in both traditional veterinarian medicine as well as Homeopathic veterinarian medicine. Made the switch due to having a dog that had a reoccurring health issue and I started to question if traditionally trained vets are not a little to fast in prescribing meds with lots of known side effects such as corticosteroid that may doing nothing to solve the cause of the problem but simple masking it due to simple never having been trained and/or aware there are alternative approaches to the problem that have been proven time and time again to be successful.
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Just a note: Out of round and/or cupped tires will balance just fine, but can give a very rough ride.


And keep in mind that the recommendation for the Easy Lift (?) wdh was possibly based on use with much heavier Airstream trailers. As long as there is no play in the system you have, I really doubt if the hitch will play into the equation.


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Try installing a set of ez lift air bags in the rear coils, you will feel the bumps, but shouldn't shimmy or shake
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Thanks for the suggestion. The mechanic at a Toyota dealer we asked a few years ago not recommend the airbag lifts, but we are considering it now.
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They weren't recommended for my lumina either, even though I had air suspension. I put them on because I didn't like how low my van sat with the trailer connected. I was really impressed with the difference they made. When my air shocks failed the third time I went to HD shocks and the air bags and had a great ride
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