Leo vs the Car
Since the weekend we brought Leo home (about 1.5 years ago), Leo has been in the car just about every single day, whether it was going to work with me during the week or going to the park or beach on the weekends. After spending 1.5 years taking car rides daily, you’d think he’d grow accustomed to car rides and maybe even like them, right? Nope, not Leo.
There has not been a time when I was in the car with Leo where I thought he was actually enjoying the ride. I’ve even opened the window for him thinking he’d like to sniff the different scents from the outside, but he doesn’t like that either. He’ll usually turn and move to the other side of the back seat. So far, during every car ride (no matter how long or short), he spends the whole time standing and panting. One time we had an idea that maybe he felt cramped so we put the seats down to open up the back space and give him more room. That was an awful idea. We didn’t even get out of our community’s parking lot before he was visibly shaking, pacing, and panting, so we crossed that idea off our list.
Getting Leo into the car isn’t a hassle. He jumps in without any assistance. However, he definitely makes it known he isn’t doing it because he wants to. He does it because he is a good boy. The only times I’ve noticed Leo is excited to get in the car is when he hasn’t been in the car for a day or two (meaning we’ve left him home) or when he’s tired from a trip to the park and knows home is the next destination.