I think the way I have the crates set up in my car currently stresses Ike out. Huh, you might be asking. Honor's crate is behind the driver's seat. Ike's is behind the passenger's seat. The passenger side of the car is closest to the entrance to our house. This means when we exit the car I let Honor out first and he tears to the lawn which is an incline. He then waits on the lawn for Ike to exit the car, making him at almost the same level Ike is at while in the car. When entering the car Ike gets in first as his crate is closest to the house.
I have noticed that Ike doesn't like to get out of the car when Honor is already out - mostly because Honor wants to play and tear around and Ike is like, "Not now." Honor waits right there and Ike would be forced to almost jump into Honor - I typically intercede and have in fact started letting Ike out first or just continuing to the house because I know Ike will follow and that gets Bug out of the way.
This week I have been bringing Bug to work because the office is quiet (and the heat wave). Two morning in a row I noticed Ike doing some serious sniffing prior to jumping down to the driveway and jumping into the car. It is not his normal, "Let me check the p-mail" sniffing. Pretty sure this is stress sniffing.
Solution, move the crates. The other more potentially difficult-to-deal with reason behind the stress sniffing would be that he does not want to spend the day at the in-laws. I am going to start with moving the crates. Hopefully that will fix things!
4 days ago