Originally Posted by Austintatious
This thread really hit home for me. We just joined the RV/TT world and have been out 4 times so far:
1st time: Within minutes of our pulling in to our spot our neighbors on one side came over with their dog. They asked if it was okay if their dog "met" us because that way it wouldn't bark at us during our stay. We appreciated their consideration.
2nd time: We were five spots down from a group who left their dogs tied up outside the entire weekend. They barked incessantly. Anyone who approached the owners about it were rudely dismissed.
3rd time: A family had two very aggressive dogs that would bark and howl at anyone who walked by. At least twice that I saw the dogs came loose and went after other dogs as their owners were walking them, with the aggressive dogs owners frantically chasing them and calling them back.
4th time: Just last weekend we were next to a family with two pit bulls. They abided by the "must be on a leash" rule but the leashes weren't tied to anything. Several times the pit bulls wandered over to our spot checking things out and scaring our 10 year old son.
I'm beginning to wonder if this is the norm and something we are really not going to enjoy. We don't dislike dogs, but we do dislike inconsiderate human behavior. Do more dog-loving families subscribe to the camping lifestyle because few hotels are willing to let several large dogs spend the night in a room? It did seem, the few times we've been camping so far, that we were one of the few without canines.
Is this the norm? Not in my personal experience. I've been camping since I was a kid (I'm much older now). In the past six years there has been only one occasion that I had to say something about barking dogs. I talked to the park host, who also heard the dog, and she took care of it. That was at a state park in Oregon. I can say with authority that at least the places we go to in the state of Washington, if there is a nuisance dog, the park people will deal with it.
And by the by, DO adopt rescue dogs. I volunteer for a beagle rescue organization in Portland (I am 200 miles away in Washington) and got my current beagle from them. We flew him out from West Virginia.
He and his sister were on death row and going to be euthanized the following day. Both were rescued. If the person screening does a good job, the dogs are very unlikely to go to either bad homes or bad people. The interview I do is in person and I have three sheets of paperwork with questions on it. The last thing we want is to have a dog go to yet another bad setting. We have people sign a contract (I know, it's just a piece of paper) that says if for any reason they don't want the dog or can't handle it, they HAVE to give it back to us.