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Old 03-22-2012, 12:09 PM   #11
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I have 3 big (!!) dogs, and have never had a problem. I stay mostly at state parks and national parks, but have also not had a problem at any of the private parks I have stayed at. I would stay away from franchise campgrounds like KOA, because the rules are usually not set by the franchisees. You can google "pet friendly campgrounds" to get a list of websites that will list campgrounds, but it is a very good idea to call any campground where you are thinking of stopping. Not all pet policies are clearly posted on websites, and sometimes campgrounds will make exceptions if you ask first, are honest about the number, personalities and breeds of your dogs, and you follow the rules and show responsible ownership.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:14 PM   #12
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I see youíre from the Kingston area which makes Bon Echo an easy trip for you. You wonít be disappointed the scenery is absolutely beautiful. There are 169 electric sites in the park in addition to everything from non-electric to walk in sites, hike in sites and kayak/canoe in sites, so that will give you an idea of what kind of place Bon Echo is. There is an off leash pet exercise area as well as a pet swimming area and a wide variety of trails. I believe but am not positive that Bon Echo opens mid May but be warned sites fill fast at this park during the main season I tend to prefer September.
As for parks that open in April I think they tend to be more southwestern Ontario parks down towards Lake Erie, which would be quite a trip for you. I hesitate to recommend these only because my idea of camping and others may be completely different. I lean towards more scenery and less convenience. Check out the Ontario Parks website or get an Ontario Parks Guide from a travel bureau and the opening dates will be listed there. Iíve never seen a restriction on the amount of dogs you bring but some parks now offer campground loops that donít permit dogs.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #13
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We are going to a CG in Calgary and the restrict dogs that are over 30lbs. As far as KOA the owners are the people that set the rules for their CG. Some KOA's allow dog in the cabins and some don't.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:35 PM   #14
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We are going to a CG in Calgary and the restrict dogs that are over 30lbs. As far as KOA the owners are the people that set the rules for their CG. Some KOA's allow dog in the cabins and some don't.


geee my 100 lb lab toby wouldnt make it there would he ?
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #15
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Last year I went camping in St. Augustine at Byrn Mawr campground and they actually charged a fee for bringing a pet. Bull cocky!
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:41 PM   #16
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I think my main problem is that I'm looking for a CG that is opened in April and accepts 3 dogs lol
I should just go park at camping world in Syracuse :0
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #17
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I am a pet owner myself so don't get me wrong, we like to take our dog with us camping as well.

But let me share an experience we had last summer in a Forest Service Campground. There was a large group and they all had dogs with them (larger breeds). In the morning we could hear a child crying. Come to find out one of those dogs had bit her as she rode her bike past their campsite. The Camp host was called and not really having any real authority they asked the campers to keep the dogs on a leash. Later that day my sister witnessed another dog from that group attack a man as he walked past their campsite. He was bitten quite badly and ended up in the hospital. This time the Sheriff was called.

As previously stated campground owners have enough problems to deal with, without having that liability and hassle. I can hardly blame them if they have restrictions on pets.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #18
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I understand and am very weary
Myself. I am extremely careful
Of other dogs, i think rv park owners would be safe if dog owners sign a waiver and/or pay a premium by size and breed. (sounds like racial profiling?!)
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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Brigitte,
I've got to ask..... How is the Sheltie traveling and managing the interaction with others while camping? We have travelled with a Chocolate Lab and now have a Golden Retriever/Aussie mix. Ready for a smaller breed!!!!! Our focus has been on a Sheltie but know no one who has experience with them camping.

Appreciate any advice or lessons learned you might have !
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #20
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I've got to ask..... How is the Sheltie traveling and managing the interaction with others while camping? We have travelled with a Chocolate Lab and now have a Golden Retriever/Aussie mix. Ready for a smaller breed!!!!! Our focus has been on a Sheltie but know no one who has experience with them camping.

Appreciate any advice or lessons learned you might have !
I love my sheltie, she is the most gentle, loyal, cuddly dog. But.... The barking at squirrels, cats, birds .... Drives me crazy! That is her only fault. Some people handy at training them, I',m only good to teach shake a paw, lay down lolo
She travel well, loves shasing cars drom the back sear ( watches for cars and barks when ones she especially likes goes bye), she didnt do really well in hotels, but in campgrounds, no problems, quiet, relaxed amd always happy to see kids
Excellent dog, only thing Iwould suggest is go to doggy training, that should take care of barking.
Having said all this, she does not bark much at al at campground.,get one
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