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Old 11-26-2014, 09:36 AM   #71
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You should have called the park rangers/police immediately!

We use state and national parks and forests all the time!

Unfortunately the state parks here in California are poorly staffed and maintained. We did talk to the park host, but he was quick to point out he has no authority to do anything. The other problem with the state parks here in California is the sites are pretty small and there are no hook ups, so the private camp right up the street has been a wonderful solution.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:00 AM   #72
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I'm fairly new to the camping RV world. This up coming season will be my 3rd. I have a very large protective breed dog,it's a fantastic companion and I'll say it, a family member since I have no kids. Knowing how annoying loose,barking,aggressive dogs can be it's MY responsibility to be in control of my dog,it's up to ME to pick up droppings, It's the same with barking and bad behavior. She is walked on a 6ft leash and we take her with us when we go some place even if it means 2 vehicles.. Camping is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, why would one make it miserable for others which includes loud music or being out of control drunks...Yes a dog will bark, it's their nature.Control it.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:07 AM   #73
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I'm fairly new to the camping RV world. This up coming season will be my 3rd. I have a very large protective breed dog,it's a fantastic companion and I'll say it, a family member since I have no kids. Knowing how annoying loose,barking,aggressive dogs can be it's MY responsibility to be in control of my dog,it's up to ME to pick up droppings, It's the same with barking and bad behavior. She is walked on a 6ft leash and we take her with us when we go some place even if it means 2 vehicles.. Camping is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, why would one make it miserable for others which includes loud music or being out of control drunks...Yes a dog will bark, it's their nature.Control it.

Totally agree, our dog is also very protective, so we make sure he is always under our control. This does mean we do not enjoy many of the campground features, like the clubhouse and pool, but we do enjoy the nice sized leash-free dog area!
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:55 PM   #74
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Thus far, we have not had any bad cg experiences with unleashed or unattended pets, knock on wood. However, I have found myself in a frightening situation at a local neighborhood park where a large dog was on the loose. I immediately left for home and researched options for how to protect myself and my little dog. The answer I came up with was a taser stick or stun baton, mainly because I hope the sound of it turned on will scare the intruding animal away but also because it's more effective than pepper spray if I actually end up having to use it. I take it with me every time I go for a walk.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:57 PM   #75
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we recently checked into and paid for 4 nights at Saco River CG in North Conway. Along with the CG map, they gave a piece of paper with pet rules. Number 1 was No Barking. I asked how I was supposed to control my dog if she barked. I said, it was a dog and dogs bark. Also, I was not allowed to leave the dog unattended in my camper under any circumstances. They stated that they were pet friendly but I certainly didn't feel the love. I asked for a refund and moved further down the road. A very high number of campers take their pets. This is one of the beauties of camping. Some CGs are getting a bit too silly, if you ask me.
Last summer we were in a campground outside of Bar Harbor, Maine where we have stayed many times. Maybe it was our neighbors or maybe we hadn't been there in two years since we got our two furbabies (we lost our precious Pom) and they bark. Well one night (our fault) we got in after quiet hours (We almost never go out) and the next day got a warning. A one time warning - next time we get evicted. So we went into town and got them bark collars. We are on our third style and they work. The truth is their barking is annoying to us so it was sort of a disguised good thing BUT we do NOT go to campgrounds that say dogs cannot be left alone unattended. There are many that do not say that and we do put their bark collars on if we think we might be coming home after hours although their barking is much better than it used to be without them. They have learned that barking annoys us. So much for guarding the house!!
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #76
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We also prefer state and national parks, but every national park we have visited prohibits pets on trails, except the short paved "trails" in the developed areas. A few state parks with unusual features (such as intensive bird watching) don't allow pets. Some don't alow pets on beaches. It's always good to check before you go.

Just FYI Acadia National Park in Maine is not only amazingly beautiful but pets can go on every trail (unless it has a ladder).
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:10 PM   #77
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pop ups, travel trailers, and now our motorhome so that first our kids and dogs could travel with us and now just our dogs could. That is their second home. It is not unfamiliar. They know "in your corral" when they go out to make, just like they know to use their doggy door at home. They know "in the house" when we come home from somewhere so we don't have to pul them in or pick them up; they go in just like at their non mobile home. They have their favorite spaces in our MH just like they do at home. We don't go too many places without our girls because we love being with them. We don't like not being with them. But there are times we just cannot take them. We have found many campgrounds that do not have a "non attended" policy. We have made four reservations in FL for the winter none of which have that policy. If they did we wouldn't stay there.
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We also prefer state and national parks, but every national park we have visited prohibits pets on trails, except the short paved "trails" in the developed areas. A few state parks with unusual features (such as intensive bird watching) don't allow pets. Some don't alow pets on beaches. It's always good to check before you go.
Dogs are not allowed on any trail in "Bear country". This is for the dogs and your safety.
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We travel everywhere with our dogs and a lot of places we want to visit while we are traveling don't allow dogs, has anyone ever found a campground that might , for a fee, take your dog out for a walk while you are out for the day? Next spring I retire and I'm looking to head south from Upper New York State and would like to find nice, clean and pet friendly campgrounds on the way to Florida.
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Mark you won't find to many issues bringing your dog. We have traded favors with fellow dog owners to let the dogs out when one of us is out.


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