This may be a silly question for all you experienced dog owners, but this is my first dog, so... anyway, about taking them in the car. The shelter told us that we should do things to occupy the dog, so she's not bored. And she's part Border Collie which I guess is a smart dog. So, she goes for two long walks every day, one shorter walk, and she has toys -- a Kong, and some chew bones. And my kids play ball with her and tug of war. Also we've been working on some training, sit, down, stay, wait (like at the door, no rushing allowed). So do you think going in the car is also something interesting for her? I've been taking her everywhere I can that I don't have to leave her (obviously I would never leave her in the car in this heat), like going to pick up my kids from places, or mailing a letter, to church during the week (our pastor and secretary are dog-lovers), etc. She jumps right in the car, and sits up on the seat with her nose glued to the window, ears up, etc., so I know she's enjoying looking out. Do you think these are enough for "new experiences" for now, or should I be trying to take her more places where she can actually get out of the car? (we just got her a few weeks ago, so I didn't want to "overload" her right away.) We haven't done the dog park yet because I'm still investigating them. Plus it's so darn hot that I just don't have the motivation. And, could you all give me some suggestions of what else we could be doing with Simba? Next month we'll start an obedience class, and the shelter is doing an "agility for fun" series, also next month. Anything else? Thanks very much!