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Car anxiety + emetophobic owner = bad time for all. Help?

Hello all! I'm new and will be beginning dog training school soon, but I have my own training conundrum with my corgi/dachshund mix, Gatsby.

I take Gatsby to work every day since I work at a doggie daycare. He'll get in the seat willingly now (he used to put on the brakes at the sight of the car.)

I give him things to chew on to distract him and don't feed him before any car rides, but on longer car rides he'll ignore the chewies and drool profusely, sometimes he'll just throw up without having eaten anything. Considering I have severe anxiety bordering on phobia of vomit, I'm starting to get anxious just driving with him because I'm so scared he's gonna puke.

I'm working on my own vomit anxiety but everything I've tried with Gatsby just doesn't work. Help on how to lessen his anxiety and lead to a hopefully puke-free car?

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My mini doxie pukes every other time or so in the car. I line the seat with a puppy pad and just toss the whole thing when we arrive. Does he ride in a harness or in a crate? Ripley hates her crate, and her vomiting reduced when we got her in a comfy harness.

I'm working on my own vomit anxiety but everything I've tried with Gatsby just doesn't work
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