>I too carry my dogs in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but I keep them in the
>back. Normally I don't have any problems. When I open the hatch they
>wait to be let out. If my young Golden sees another dog or a person he
>knows and likes, though, (which is just about anyone) he has a tendency
>to bolt before I can grab his leash. I anticipate this and try to stop
>him, but he's pretty darn quick. I have to patiently wait until all
>traffic is cleared before I open the hatch. The other two dogs are
>completely reliable. Any suggestions on how to cure this would be
Tasha, my American Eskimo will sit like a "Queen" in the passenger
seat for the first 5-15 minutes of a ride, well behaved and observing the surroundings.
For longer rides she will lie down, either because she is bored or because, especially on
highways, the quick passage of objects and landmarks disturbs her. When we are within two
miles of a destination she has been to, she will "stand" up, look out the
windows, sniff the air vents and await our reaching the final destination.
When she is ready to exit the car, I will call her to the driver seat, pick her up, give
her a kiss and put her down. Then I will immediately give her the "stay close
command". She will stay within 1-2 feet of me and the car until I give her the
command, "Lets go up stairs" or OK.
When Tasha leaves the house, I will open the front door and she will wait for a queue from
me to proceed. She will not pass the door's threshold unless I do. If we are going down
stairs, she will remain in step with me -always. Tasha has been taught to be courteous and
attentive. Hence, if you do not want your younger Golden to bolt, teach him a similar set
of commands, initially reinforced by leash corrections. Provide immediate praise when the
correct action is followed. Since you have more than one dog, ensure all dogs adhere to
the same standard.