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Old 01-13-2013, 09:02 PM   #11
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One more thing could be most important and some if not all campgrounds require an up to date or current record of Fido's shot history. KEEP A COPY IN YOUR CAMPER!!!!!!!!
Darn I forgot that one! Military bases require ALL shots to be current and you must have the original rabies certificate with batch number. The tag alone is not enough. Thanks Grayfox
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #12
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Some good advice above. Make sure the dogs are chipped so if lost and lose a collar they can be returned to you. Always have dogs wear a collar. Keep dogs on a leash, most campgrounds require 6 ft length. Dogs are required to be confined at all times meaning on a leash, in a pen, in a camper or crate or on a 6-8 ft tie out. make sure this tie out does not extend past your campsite.

Always carry a current copy of vaccinations for all dogs/pets with you as some campgrounds will ask for this. Keep a copy of your vet # with you and look ahead to where you are going and have an emergency vet # and address on hand for that location. This way if your dog gets bitten by a snake or eats something it shouldn't have, you can get help quickly.

Do not leave your dogs for long periods of time unattended in the camper, especially if they might bark. ALso in summer you never know if the camper might get a power surge or something that trips the AC off and it gets hot in there. Do not leave them unattended outside at all. When we leave, we like to leave a name and number w/ a neighbor in case of emergency or barking they can call us. Or you can leave the info taped to your door.

Train your dogs not to bark. Nothing annoys camping neighbors more than barking dogs. My dog was not a barker at home and 1st camping trip she did not bark. By the 2nd trip a separation anxiety formed and my non-barking senior dog was suddenly a barker and trying to tear up the camper. We were able to train her out of it w/ consistant work (PM me if you need suggestions on this) but we still let neighbors know that we need to know if our dog is barking. We tell them that we know training is an on-going process but we can't do anything about it if they don't say anything to us. We also will test my dog by circling back around on foot and quietly to see if we hear any barking. One thing that helps is to close the shades and if necessary leave on a tv or radio for comfort. We also treat her when leaving.

Make sure you pick up after your dog. Remember, not all people like dogs so don't let them run up to people. And don't let them run up to other dogs as not all dogs are friendly. Treat others with respect and it will all go fine. Oh and some campgrounds have dog play areas where you can let them run off leash in a fenced in dog park. Have courtesy at these and if someone is in there, ask if they are ok w/ you coming in. THey may need to get a hold of their dog first before you enter.

This is new to your dogs and it can stress them, with the right patience and training on the first few trips, it should result in happy camping dogs. If not, then you might want to send the dogs to doggie camp (kennel) while you are out camping.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #13
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I'm with you, Grayfox!
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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Sounds like the wisest thing to do,is to leave them at home .
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:01 PM   #15
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Sounds like the wisest thing to do,is to leave them at home .
Oh, I don't know about that. I enjoy seeing other dogs in the campgrounds. We always have Tucker our little Cocker Spaniel with us he's a joy to travel with.

Just go by the rules and follow FIDO Etiquette, be thoughtful when it comes to our fellow neighbors and campers.
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It just takes a little planning for their comfort and basic needs. Once you have it down, its not so bad...just think of how you plan for your children then apply the process for the dogs. Sometimes I dont want to take them and just get a dog sitter to look after them because I dont want to haul all their stuff (crates/pens/food) remember I hav e large dogs...it can be tiring loading and unloading their stuff...whew.
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We have a yellow lab that has been camping with us since he was a pup. We bought one of those folding wire crates that stows neatly in the storage compartment of our 5er. That is where he sleeps. In fact, he likes sleeping in the crate so well that he sleeps in it at home, too, lol. Ol' Sam is well behaved. He will lay right under or near our camper and doesn't bother a soul, but I haven't been to a campground yet that I wasn't reminded that he has to stay on a leash if he weren't on one. It makes my wife mad, but I try to think of it as how would I feel if the camper next to me let a pit bull run loose. I wouldn't like it, and I don't expect others to "know" how friendly my dog is.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:45 PM   #18
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Sounds like the wisest thing to do,is to leave them at home .

only if they will be happier that way or they will be barkers. Otherwise just invest the time and training into it and it will be fine.
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Oh, I don't know about that. I enjoy seeing other dogs in the campgrounds. We always have Tucker our little Cocker Spaniel with us he's a joy to travel with.

Just go by the rules and follow FIDO Etiquette, be thoughtful when it comes to our fellow neighbors and campers.
Ditto here. Bella loves to play in the off leash area. A show off by nature her sprints while playing are a joy to watch. Since I don't hunt her (gun shy and don't get me started about why), she does not get a chance to really let go.

Most KOAs have dog parks and some have really large ones. I particularly like the off leash area in Sigsbee Key (Key West Navy). Lots of campers there and always a fun time with the dog.
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X-2 Herk. Little Tucker likes to get out as well. The other thought I have, it's a great way to socialize a dog as well, especially a pup. I have to say Tucker really enjoys people and the long walks around the campground and as those of us with sporting breeds know how they love the opportunity to run and play in the big fenced dog parks areas.
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