Elevators can be a little creepy even for us; and we know what is going on. Just think about it for a minute. You get in a very small room and then more and more people crowd in all around you. You then get the feeling that the whole room is moving, and you are jostled about while the door keeps opening and closing and strangers keep getting on and off.
We clearly understand what is happening in an elevator. Even when we were young and really didn’t have a lot of experience being in them, our parents could communicate what was going to happen and we could understand.
The problem with our dogs is that they don’t understand what is happening and we often are unable to properly tell them that all will be fine. They are then put into a flight or fight situation with no possibility for “flight”. Something bad is about to probably happen.
Robin and I have a great dog training exercise that anyone who needs to transport their dog up and down in an elevator will find invaluable. Please read our article on “How Do I Keep My Dog Safe for an Elevator Ride” to assure the safety and well-being of your dog and everyone traveling with you in the elevator.