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Old 04-22-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Large Dogs on Lengthy Trips

We are planning on taking our two German Shepherds with us on our 7 week trip this summer and would like input from others that take their large dogs with them. My two are extremely well- behaved (went through 15 levels of training and have their CGC classifications) so their behavior would not be an issue.

Curious as to what you do with them while you're off seeing the sights.....

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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I took the back seat out of the truck and built a deck in its place,covered the back of the cab and the deck with carpet. I did varnish the heck out of both sides of the deck,and the carpet just lays there because sooner or later a water bowl will get knocked over! Ours are a 55lb siberian husky and a 50 lb aussie. Works great.They have the run of the TH when we are in camp,but sleep in the garage at night.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:24 PM   #3
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I'm traveling in a Berkshire and they travel great.... Love to sit up front and look out the big windshield.... We've taken the on many shorter trips but never on a trip where we will be leaving the at the coach while we go see the sights....

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We always took our two elderly Labs with us on MH trips. Unfortunately, we no longer have an RV. Out trips were usually based on single overnight stops, and seeing most of the sights during our travels from site to site. It was very rare for us to leave the dogs in the rig for more than about an hour.

We did get a good laugh when we visited the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville OR. we spent about 3 hours touring the museum. When we went back to the MH, a couple of families were looking at it and laughing. When we looked, one dog was sitting in the driver's seat and the other in the front passenger seat. We heard one family comment "Wow, Washington dogs are so smart they can drive!"
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:27 PM   #5
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We don't have big dogs but as full timers we take long hikes to burn off the energy prior to leaving them and upon returning home. We turn the XM/Sirus radio on loud enough to eliminate external sounds that might spook them, lower all shades and of course we leave the lights on day and night (were old and we might forget). We also keep to a short schedule, no more then 4-5 hours (alone) at a time. Its enough time for dinner and a movie.
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:31 PM   #6
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Ours are older and are very happy in the trailer with the air on when we are gone for a few hours,no different than at home when we go somewhere for the day.They are so laid back they dont or wont even bark if someone comes to the door,or even if they open it. No bites,just licking to death.I really think they would just get in a vehicle and go with any one,they do love to ride!
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:31 PM   #7
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We did a 2+ week trip with our 50+lb Lab, he traveled well in back seat of crew cab, first out at any stop to check out the grass spots. When we went to see sights we just left him in TT with air or fan on and made sure we got back to him in 8 hours or less. He always has been good about just sleeping when alone inside so we were not worried about barking.
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:48 PM   #8
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We take our 2 rescue dogs lab and pit bull on most our trips. We always take our 2 caged kennels when we leave coach for a while we put them in until we return. Many places don't allow pits but she is sweet as protective of coach!! Never had a problem and they are excited for trip when they see us loading up coach. Hard to not take them now!!

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:57 PM   #9
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While traveling in our Berkshire, my wife and I have a small Yorki.... She travels great but we have to put her in a small kennel when we leave the coach which we place in our bedroom and leave the TV on. I also have my wife's father with us on trips which he also brings his large golden retriever that knows "NO" rules!! So what I do with "mick" is I place sheets on the couches (knowing he's going to get on them) and go from there... He's never had a issue, made a "mistake" or done anything wrong to our coach and he is what I'd say is a part time camping dog..... Needless to say, protect the furniture, leave some sound on and if they think the coach is their home.... They'll be fine until you return... Left them both for many hours at a time with no issues..... (Climate controlled obviously)

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We keep say trips to a couple hours and give phone numbers to neighbors to call if there is a power outage, some things not right or our dog barks enough to annoy them. I haven't tried it but I saw somewhere that you can attach a temperature monitor to a cell phone. If the temp hits a set point an alarm goes off and the cell phone calls you to alert you.

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