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Old 05-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #41
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If your dog isn't trained well enough to behave definitely a leash
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:35 PM   #42
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Dog should be on a leash wether they are trained or not! I had a dog charge our two when ours were on leashes. If the owner wouldn't have come over I would of used my walking stick to correct the problem.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #43
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Probably right though I have seen some very well trained dogs
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:38 PM   #44
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So how do you handle dogs when you need to leave campsite ,like let's say you are going to the pool, and it is hot outside? Safe to leave them in TT with AC running? Do you crate them and what if they whine for a few mins ?
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So how do you handle dogs when you need to leave campsite ,like let's say you are going to the pool, and it is hot outside? Safe to leave them in TT with AC running? Do you crate them and what if they whine for a few mins ?
I think you want to be careful about leaving your pets in a trailer, even with A/C, for too long on a hot day. And, the hotter the day, the less you want to leave them unsupervised. Your A/C could fail for a number of reasons. Don't be gone too long or come back occasionally to check on things.

Crating is excellent if the dog is already crate trained. If not, you will want to get them used to it while still at home.

If you leave them, tell your camping neighbors where you are and when you will be back and that the dogs are in the camper. Never know when you might be delayed. Leave plenty of water.
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So how do you handle dogs when you need to leave campsite ,like let's say you are going to the pool, and it is hot outside? Safe to leave them in TT with AC running? Do you crate them and what if they whine for a few mins ?
I agree with what Scott has said, and would not rely on the A/C.
Always try and get a campsite that has shade over the trailer, and leave the windows open. Dogs are fine as long as there is a breeze, they have enough fresh water, and the temps inside don't get too hot; but not for a long time.
If it is a really hot day outside, then you might have to change your plans, or maybe, try and find CG's with doggy beaches so you can bring him along to swim too!
Or, you could do your family activities in the early morning/late evening, when it is still cooler out, and spend the hot afternoons lounging at the site, with your dog=]
As for the whining, try this; never make a big deal when you leave him alone. Meaning no good byes, just leave, period. Same goes for when you return, just walk in and act like nothing has happened, wait a bit of time before you give him any attention, then, when he is calm, give him some love =]
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #47
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We have a new labrador retriever puppy (8 weeks old). This weekend was his first weekend camping and our first weekend to carry a pet camping. I'm not sure this is something I want to do on a regular basis, but my wife has it in mind that he is going to be a camping dog, so I guess I'll give it a try. One problem we have: I am terribly allergic to dog dander if trapped indoors with it. We can't leave him inside or carry him in our vehicle. He will have to ride in the back of the truck and he will have to stay outdoors at the campsite. My question: How do you train a dog not to bark and keep the neighboring campers awake? Like I said above, keeping him inside the camper is not an option.
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I am terribly allergic to dog dander if trapped indoors with it. keeping him inside the camper is not an option.
I'd suggest giving your puppy a refreshing doggy bath (with conditioner) just before you leave which will lessen the dander. Get yourself some antihistamines so you can deal with the allergic response.

To keep down dander, make some cases for the dog bed (fold an old twin sheet in half and stitch the sides so you have essentially a big pillow case) so you can easily throw the cover in the wash (hot water, hot dryer). Carefully changing the cover every day or so will keep down the dander where he's sleeping. (Dirty covers go in a plastic bag and your spouse may want to do that chore outside).

Honestly though getting a pet to which you are so allergic doesn't sound very practical. Doesn't seem fair to you or to the dog.

The dog is still young and needs lots of love and attention. He's just starting training so you can't leave him alone. Leaving him behind at a kennel so you can go camping sounds like the only way to really enjoy the weekend, but what's the point of having a dog if you board him every time you want to go camping? I understand the "idea" of a camping dog - one who is a great companion on long hikes, happily wolfs down the slightly burnt pancakes, and curls up over your feet when it's chilly. The reality is that this new pet can't be in the trailer (or your vehicle?) at all without you suffering. What are you going to do when it's cold and rainy? Young animals aren't very happy laying around resting, but want company and activity.

Is there some other pet to which you aren't allergic? Seems like the puppy would be happier bouncing between 3 children (ages 5, 7, and 7) .... oh wait that's my house!
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We have a new labrador retriever puppy (8 weeks old). This weekend was his first weekend camping and our first weekend to carry a pet camping. I'm not sure this is something I want to do on a regular basis, but my wife has it in mind that he is going to be a camping dog, so I guess I'll give it a try. One problem we have: I am terribly allergic to dog dander if trapped indoors with it. We can't leave him inside or carry him in our vehicle. He will have to ride in the back of the truck and he will have to stay outdoors at the campsite. My question: How do you train a dog not to bark and keep the neighboring campers awake? Like I said above, keeping him inside the camper is not an option.
Ok, I know I will sound like a b*^ch, but I have to say it.

He is way too young to be brought camping. A puppy should be kept in secure, uncontaminated areas, until it has gotten all of it's shots, usually at the age of 6 months.
There are just too many 'things' lurking around at a CG, that could make it seriously ill.
You might have to put off a few camping trips for the sake of the newest member of your family.
In the meantime, you can socialize it, and train it to be a great camping buddy=]
I have a friend who is allergic to cats, but loves them and owns 3; she just takes daily antihistamines.

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Probably right though I have seen some very well trained dogs
I think if the rules say dogs must be leashed then that is what should be done. I also have been in these conversations before and you will have people justifying leaving the dogs alone in the rv even when the rules say no unattended dogs. But the rules are the rules. We never leave our dog in the rv if we are out of earshot. He is always quiet but how do you know if you are away from your rv?
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