View Poll Results: How do you restrain your pet
Keep them on a tether/leash always? 94 82.46%
They just hang out at the campsite? 10 8.77%
Keep them in the camper? 8 7.02%
Just let them run free through the CG? 2 1.75%
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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How do you restrain your animals at the camp site?

Just a quick poll to see what others do to restrain your pets (dogs mainly). I've noticed more CGs getting stricter on leash laws. And most of the state and fed CGs won't allow any tethers to trees these days. We have a 5 year old yellow lab who likes to lay by the camper/table/ basically wherever we are. We've had camp hosts stop and tell us the dog needs to be on a leash or other restraint. Seems to me if the dog is laying on the ground when someone walks up, logic says there won't be an issue. Just wondering if the campground nazi's are increasing across the country...?

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Old 02-22-2016, 03:33 PM   #2
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I have used a stake in the ground to tether my pooch (DNA say bulldog/terrier looks more like a pit). The breed restriction is my biggest hurdle so I bring the DNA results with me. NYS parks were very forgiving as the pooch ran out of a rented cabin and tried to make an appetizer out of a small dog but that's another story..

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We used an exercise pen to setup for our 150# BullMastiff and 50# English Bulldog to hang out in. They like to be outside with us and this works very well. We put their water an food in there with them and they are content and contained.
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I don't think it's the campground Nazi's making the rules, more like the insurance companies.
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:56 PM   #5
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Stake screwed into the ground (unless ground is too rocky), around the picnic table bench, secured to camp chair (if chair occupied). Whatever it takes to keep the pets and neighbors happy. Have leads of varying lengths to keep them within the confines of our site. We have 2 Boston Terriers - very friendly and each about 20 lbs. For walks I generally use a braided leash that splits into 2 so both are walked together. They are each others best pal so this works OK. Both have harnesses for attachment points.

Last year we ran into the same couple at 2 different campgrounds. They had a border collie that was left loose but never left its site unless on a walk with its owners and was the friendliest, most well behaved dog I had ever seen in my life. Everybody in the camping loop got to know the dog by name and no campers complained. He was either a superior dog or had superior owners.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:11 PM   #6
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We keep our killer on a leash at all times.All 6 1/2#of her.We know some don't enjoy pets as we and others do. She will bark at other dogs that walk by,but wouldn't bite a cold biscuit. Makes for a more enjoyable time at the
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We actually do a mix of the hang out at campsite, keep in camper, and keep on a leash. Willie is content to sit next to my chair when outside, but will wander if I get distracted. He is not big enough to defend himself from some of the larger dogs who also wander, so if we get busy, he will be put inside. I've tried bringing our exercise pen with us, but he is a horridly relentless whiner and would disturb any neighbors sitting outside.
Of course, any time we leave the campground for a walk or potty break, his is on a leash, and we pick up after him before continuing our walks.

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They pretty much hang out with us. The only time they are outside is if one of us are and if so they are tethered/leashed.

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We purchased 2 wire exercise pens ( joined together making a 16' round pen ) years ago for our 2 dogs when we would go camping. 1 American Bulldog and 1 Standard Poodle, at the time. Currently we have a APB utilizing the same double exercise pen. Works great and keeps our dog contained, and SAFE! Now, if someone wants to come up and meet her, she is always welcoming a nice petting.

As to the CG Natzi's, I think every CG has Rules posted throughout the CG pertaining to tethering and containing pets. Some people choose to follow them, some don't!
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Originally Posted by Wiscampsin View Post
I don't think it's the campground Nazi's making the rules, more like the insurance companies.
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