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Old 05-22-2011, 09:44 PM   #51
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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?
I hate having my peaceful evening interrupted by a noisy dog, especially someone else's. That's why I want to train mine not to bark if it's going to camp. I just wonder if anyone has any tips to keep them from barking. I might try a bark collar.

I appreciate the replies from the other two folks as well. A labrador is bred for cold and wet, so I don't think being outside is an issue as long as I can keep him quiet. He won't be going on any long trips with us even if he does camp. We take a lot of weekend trips within an hour or so of home and those are the ones he might get to go on. The long trips he will have to stay back. We live on a large farm with family nearby and other dogs and cats on the property, so he doesn't have to go to a kennel when we are away. I will definitely employ some of the dander reducing tips. Thanks again.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:50 AM   #52
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Iím working on this. A breeder/trainer at my local AKC club suggested something Iím trying.

Keep a small spray bottle handy set on the stream setting - not set on the "mist" setting. Fill it with 85% water and 15% apple cider vinegar. When the dog barks at home I will say, "no bark" and then wait a moment. If he barks again he gets sprayed at the same time I give the "no bark" command.

sometimes I will hide behind a corner and spray him when he's not looking so he doesn't know its me.

You can start spraying on the chest and legs but if that doesnít work spray the head. The logic goes that dogs hate the smell of vinegar. Vinegar will not harm the dog. You can try lemon juice, too.

Its taking awhile because I didnít do this when he first started but he is learning that it is not tolerated to just be barking.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:45 AM   #53
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Apple cider vinegar is actually very healthy!
Try giving him 1tsp on his food or in the water bowl every day, my dog loves it.

Btw.....IF you want to try the 'spray-bottle method' with vinegar in it I would not aim at the head; it is too easy for them to get it right in the eye. VERY painful!!!
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That'll teach 'em not to bark.

kidding...just kidding
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:14 PM   #55
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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.
Please don't take this personally....but if you're terribly allergic to dander, then why did you get a puppy? I would never, never, ever, leave my dog outside when at home unless he has a heated/cooled enclosure and I would defiinitely never leave my dog outside in the elements when we're camping. Have you considered what would happen if a wild animal enters your campsite at night? My sister had a dog that was never allowed to set foot in their house and in my opinion, led a very lonely life in its kennel. If you can't give your dog any loving and affection....what is the point? Sorry...just the opinion of a huge animal lover and one who hates to see a family pet segregated.
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As I stated in my previous post, I'm a HUGE animal lover. We currently have 5 cats. They're easier with our busy lifestyle. And guess what? I'm allergic to cats, along with a myriad of other things. I endured six years of allergy shots for cat dander and dust mites. I have good days and bad days (not real often), and I usually take a daily OTC non-drowsy antihistamine for the things I didn't get shots for. I can pet them, hold them, sleep with them, etc. and I don't sneeze, get itchy eyes, wheeze, etc. As my doctor said, I've "graduated."

The squirt bottle is a great tool, although I've never heard of adding vinegar to the water. Our cats even hate it when we THREATEN to squirt them with it!

I also agree with previous posts.....an 8-week old puppy is too young to take camping.
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As I stated in my previous post, I'm a HUGE animal lover. We currently have 5 cats. They're easier with our busy lifestyle. And guess what? I'm allergic to cats, along with a myriad of other things. I endured six years of allergy shots for cat dander and dust mites. I have good days and bad days (not real often), and I usually take a daily OTC non-drowsy antihistamine for the things I didn't get shots for. I can pet them, hold them, sleep with them, etc. and I don't sneeze, get itchy eyes, wheeze, etc. As my doctor said, I've "graduated."

The squirt bottle is a great tool, although I've never heard of adding vinegar to the water. Our cats even hate it when we THREATEN to squirt them with it!

I also agree with previous posts.....an 8-week old puppy is too young to take camping.

Whoa. I asked a simple question about bark training and I've aroused the ire of PETA! Let me say this, our pets are loved and very well cared for. We currently have 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 hamster and we have never neglected them. That said, we live in rural Tennessee where animals are animals and are thereby assigned that status. We do not believe they are people. As for 8 weeks old being too young, he did just fine this weekend. What better age to start training them? I should have known better than to ask such a question on this forum. From now on, any questions I have here will pertain to the camper.

Triguy - thanks for the common sense advice, which is what I was seeking. I'll certainly try it. I'd rather do something like that than employ a bark collar.
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Mike,
You should go on goldenretriever.com sometime. That's a hoot. I swear the people there would call the Humane Society on me when I posted a few weeks ago that I just ran one slow mile with my 6 month old puppy.

Anyway, I have found that people all over have differing ideas on indoor or outdoor, crate or no crate, kennel or no kennel, etc. There isn't really a correct answer except for the one that works best for you and best for your dog.

Frankly, I think most dogs are happiest if they are given nice amounts of daily attention and huge amounts of exercise. Stimulation in the form of new places is actually quite healthy, too, and helps the dog become socialized better. Of course, he needs all of his shots and be old enough to take a regular course of heart-worm pills and flea and tick drops, but that's up to you and your vet IMO.
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You should go on goldenretriever.com sometime. That's a hoot. I swear the people there would call the Humane Society on me when I posted a few weeks ago that I just ran one slow mile with my 6 month old puppy.

Anyway, I have found that people all over have differing ideas on indoor or outdoor, crate or no crate, kennel or no kennel, etc. There isn't really a correct answer except for the one that works best for you and best for your dog.

Frankly, I think most dogs are happiest if they are given nice amounts of daily attention and huge amounts of exercise. Stimulation in the form of new places is actually quite healthy, too, and helps the dog become socialized better. Of course, he needs all of his shots and be old enough to take a regular course of heart-worm pills and flea and tick drops, but that's up to you and your vet IMO.
I agree. Our puppy seems to be adapting very well. We took him down to the river earlier this afternoon and walked him. He is already behaving quite well on a leash. I have no doubt we'll be able to make a great camping dog of him if I can keep him quiet at night. We have a folding camping kennel ordered for him and we'll try him in that at night for a while and see how it goes. Believe it or not, the vet has already started him on Frontline. I was surprised at that as young as he is. The fact I even take my pets to the vet for more than a rabies shot is a major step forward for me. I was raised that when a pet gets down, they should be "put out of their misery". Big bucks at the vet wasn't considered an option. Difference in country folks and city folks, I suppose. But, I digress.
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We have a boxer (Boomer 60lbs) rat terrier (Spec 14lbs) we are all new to cg's. Just bought new 3150bhd and just got back from our 1st trip with dogs. It was great!! They never barked at people, or other animals. They pee'd but never pooped over 2 .5 day Span. Which was a nice surprise ! We let the terrier ride in cab and boxer rides in his kennel in bed of truck. After arriving at CG while checking in we put terrier in kennel too TIL we complete set up. It works for us
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