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Old 08-17-2016, 07:36 AM   #1
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Newbie CG Pet Question

As we think about starting our new life of RVing, we will always be traveling with our 65-lb GoldenDoodle. I have spent a good deal of time researching many CGs that are pet friendly. As I have read their policies, I've noticed that almost all prohibit leaving your pet unattended.

I certainly understand this in regard to tying-out the pup, but does this also apply to keeping him inside the RV? I realize all the issues with warm weather, incessant barking, emergency rescue, etc. However, I am wondering how strictly this common policy is enforced. If you have taken sensible measures to protect your pup from heat/cold, have a pet rescue sign affixed to your RV (with contact numbers) and have a pup that rarely barks, is the CG forgiving of your breaking this policy? Is it proper etiquette to notify the hosts about your pup when you leave for your shopping trip?

Our concerns are for the health/safety of our pup, but also for the wonderful community of which we will soon be a part.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 08-17-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
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At the campground we have a seasonal site it's OK to leave your dog in the camper while you're gone as long as it doesn't bark constantly and disturb other campers. I believe this is the concern of most campgrounds. I know some that will leave the radio on for some calming background noise. Keeping the shades down too will help in not letting your dog bark at people and other dogs they see walking past your site. We always make sure our dog has a good walk and exersize period before we leave. AC/heat are left on as the weather dictates. We never leave her alone for more than a couple hours.
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While we rarely leave our pups inside the camper while we're gone we have done it on a number of occasions. When we do, we place a pet rescue sticker on our window, pull out our ultra sonic bark controller to keep any potential barking to a woof or two since they don't like the correction tone. If I've had a chance to meet the neighbors I give them a card with our cell phone number on it and tell them if my dogs are disturbing them in any way to call and we'll come right back. So far this has worked for us and no one has said the dogs have been a problem while away when asked.
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We worry that our dogs will be annoying to others in the CG so most of the time we take them along. They stay in the truck while we're shopping or what ever we're doing. When we do this the truck is running with heat or A/C and plenty of water. Sometimes it's myself and the dogs sitting in the truck while DW is on a shopping marathon. Either way they are in a safe environment.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:18 AM   #5
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While we rarely leave our pups inside the camper while we're gone we have done it on a number of occasions. When we do, we place a pet rescue sticker on our window, pull out our ultra sonic bark controller to keep any potential barking to a woof or two since they don't like the correction tone. If I've had a chance to meet the neighbors I give them a card with our cell phone number on it and tell them if my dogs are disturbing them in any way to call and we'll come right back. So far this has worked for us and no one has said the dogs have been a problem while away when asked.
Some very good advise. Our biggest fear is shutting ours up and the AC goes out without no one knowing there's a pet inside.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:01 PM   #6
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We had a very well-behaved German Shepherd that mostly went with us when we would leave the CG. On occasion, we would leave her in the trailer if we were going to a non-pet-friendly area. However, we would have the shades down, the air conditioner on, a small floor fan turned on (in case there was an issue with the a/c), and we would make it a point to be back within 2 hours max. Based on her behavior, we knew that there wouldn't be any barking issues. My observation has been that some of the worst barkers in the campground are the smaller breeds, so your 'doodle may not have that issue.
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At the campground we have a seasonal site it's OK to leave your dog in the camper while you're gone as long as it doesn't bark constantly and disturb other campers. I believe this is the concern of most campgrounds. I know some that will leave the radio on for some calming background noise. Keeping the shades down too will help in not letting your dog bark at people and other dogs they see walking past your site. We always make sure our dog has a good walk and exersize period before we leave. AC/heat are left on as the weather dictates. We never leave her alone for more than a couple hours.
X2. Keep some noise on and cover the windows. Generally speaking, I'd assume your Goldendoodle is probably less of a barker than many of the smaller breeds. (I'm a dog care professional.)There is a product out there, I can't remember what it's called that will back up and keep your generator running the a/c for your pets in case your generator ever shuts off. I believe its around $300. I've been meaning to get it for my own dogs safety and peace of mind. I walk and potty my dogs first, leave a water bowl, favorite toy and bone and don't leave them unattended for more than an hour or so without checking on them. My two big dogs do great traveling and they enjoy having more space than being in a car.
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We also have a golden doodle at 65 lbs. If she is anything like Gracie we never have an issue leaving her in the trailer for awhile. Air on, music on and couch available. It seems to be the smaller dogs that can be rather barky. Unless we are one of the lucky ones she does not bark and you would have to have a very barky dog to get most CG upset with you. Give it a try and just stand out of sight for awhile and see if you hear anything. You might want to try short periods of time until the dog gets used to the trailer and the CG. Good luck and give your doodle a pat for us. Cheers!
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I've seen some campgrounds list a maximum weight for dogs - at times as low as 50 or 75 pounds - also a lot that have a 2 dog limit. Maybe I'm a little prejudiced, but I've seen a lot fewer issues with the larger breeds, so maybe the maximum should be raised to 100 pounds?
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Agreed! Why hotels or campgrounds discriminate against larger breeds I don't understand why, they are usually much better behaved! In my home dog boarding/ day care/hiking business I usually decline the smaller breeds- many bark non-stop, are destructive; jump all over furniture and are notorious for poor housetraining.
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