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Old 12-03-2014, 09:58 PM   #81
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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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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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That is a great idea! We frequently camp with my DW's cousin, the girls go shopping and the guys stay at the campground and relax with the pooches!
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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.

We have had good success finding doggy daycare and boarding facilities in a lot of areas that will babysit our Welsh Corgi. He is a very mellow pup and does not tend to bark when we are gone (according to a few neighbors in adjacent sites). So if we're only going to be gone for a couple of hours we give him a marrow bone and leave him in the TT.

That said, if we are camping in hot weather we generally board him or don't go to areas that do not allow dogs. We have had rare instances where the AC in our rig failed and are not willing to risk his life to RV quality AC technology.


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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.
Four Paws Kingdom - The best kept secret for Camping with your Dog!

This place gets some great reviews and does offer dog walking services.

We haven't been there yet but the Fuzz Kids put it on the 2015 vacation list!
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Just FYI Acadia National Park in Maine is not only amazingly beautiful but pets can go on every trail (unless it has a ladder).
That IS a beautiful park. It seems that the farther west you go the more dogs on trails become an issue. Yellowstone, Glacier, Bryce, Arches, Zion, etc. None of them allow dogs.

If you want to take your dogs on trail, a good alternative is the National Forest Service campgrounds. The sites are more primitive but the campers seem to be respectful and perhaps "more into nature" IMO.
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We've travelled with our two Labs for many years. Initially it was Sam and Cocoa, a yellow male and a chocolate female. They're long gone and we have two geriatric Labs, Bailey and Angus, both yellow males, both rescues. We've never had a problem, but we always call if a CG said anything about breed restrictions. We've found that once we say "Labradors" and "mature", there's no issue. We've never been refused a stay in four seasons with our present (soon to be gone) Class A
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This is very true. Last week we spent sometime at little creek CG which is on the Navel base in Norfolk/Virginia beach. Well anyway it is posted that all dogs must be on a leash. My wife would take our dog which is a Britteny (my hunting bird dog) Down a trail for a walk or marked path. Well she had to walk by a trailer that had 2 boxers with them. As my wife started to walk down the trail 1 of the boxers decided to attack my dog and wife. The boxer had my dog by the neck. My wife let the leash go from her hand and told the dog to run. My dog got his scarf ripped off instead of his neck, Then he tried to attach my wife. After her screaming the owner came and grabbed his dog. Thank God nobody was hurt, shaken up you bet. The navy came to investigate. Wanted to ask what I wanted to do about it. They where going to throw them out. I stopped that and said just tell them to follow the rules and leash there pets. We were lucky this time. If everyone follows the rules these things would not happen.

ive posted before on this, as another campers "nerver hurt or even growled at anyone" and unleashed pet came over to my site and attempted to assert dominance over my (restrained) 200lb great dane over some food I was cooking...

needless to say my dane grabbed the 60-80lb dog by the neck and flung him against the trailer....and probably would have done worse had the offender not yelped and ran off and my dog not restrained...

the owners were flabbergasted......and all I could say was "sorry dude"...

needless to say, I wouldent put it past my dog to try and rummage through your picnic basket, and that's why he is never left to roam of his own accord...lol....he acts like we don't feed him...

on a side note, I am installing the onan backup genny controller on our new trailer, so in the event of powerloss my mutt wont melt into a pile of Scooby poo.....we are all responsible in the end for out pets actions/behaviors and well being....

happy camping....I love to meet new cool pets! my daughter even more so
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We recently camped across a family with a small yapped. Not leashed it came running at my very protective 60 pound Catahoula, who was cabled on our site. Little girl ran and grabbed the yapped before contact was made, she said "sorry". I replied "you'd really be sorry when your dog is dead." So tired of telling people to leash their dogs, you just can't fix stupid.
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If your dog is so protective he might not belong in a campground. Maybe the little dog just got away from the little girl. What would have happened if your very protective dog attacked the little girl? Sounds like a dangerous situation that needs to be considered. Poor little girl must have run home crying after that. You didn't call her stupid did you?


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Thanks for all the advice about boarding dogs for the day, would you believe we have 2 almost identical shih tzu's and they both have separation anxiety when we leave them. One we found on the highway and no one claimed her.
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Thanks for all the advice about boarding dogs for the day, would you believe we have 2 almost identical shih tzu's and they both have separation anxiety when we leave them. One we found on the highway and no one claimed her.

Rescues make the best pups! I think they KNOW how lucky they are and are grateful!
Now that doesn't mean they still aren't spoiled brats at times!
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Mark have you tried a thunder shirt for them. I have friends that have used them not sure how their results were but on a Havanese forum I'm on they say they are helpful for separation anxiety. Not 100% but it might help them. We went with small dogs this time after we lost our Britney and they are sure different. I love all dogs and they all have their issues but I wouldn't trade these two Havanese for anything. Click image for larger version

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If your dog is so protective he might not belong in a campground. Maybe the little dog just got away from the little girl. What would have happened if your very protective dog attacked the little girl? Sounds like a dangerous situation that needs to be considered. Poor little girl must have run home crying after that. You didn't call her stupid did you?


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No Phil, I didn't call her stupid, and no the dog didn't just get away from her, the dog was off leash the entire time they were there. As far as my dog attacking the little girl, that wasn't really in question as I was much closer to my dog than she was, in fact there was really never a chance of her or here dog getting close to my dog.

Just to clarify, my dog has never bitten anything, he does aggressively posture when strangers come by, I always tell people he is not friendly and they should not approach him. I also insure I am between my dog and any stranger. Now, if an uncontrolled (unleashed) dog were to rush at my dog there would probably be an issue, not always as he does fairly well when properly introduced to strange dogs and people, he actually likes small dogs and would probably enjoy playing with your two.

As to the girl's reaction, she gave me a slightly startled look and then continued on her way, she did not turn and run home crying.
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We have taken our Boxers and had no issues with anyone, except overly friendly people that come up to us while we are walking the dogs & say they have one at home & without asking stick there face in our dogs face so she can lick them "kiss" them........ (would like to wash the dogs mouth out afterwards ). Do not understand why someone would intentionally stick their face in a strangers dog's face.

The campgrounds we stay have no size restrictions & at allow you to leave them alone inside your RV but not outside alone. One campground we go to instituted a $100 fine to go to local pet charities if you don't pick up their waste. Breed restrictions for bully breeds is common, Pits, Rotties etc.

Our dogs rarely bark, but last weekend the neighbors trailer had 3 dogs that rarely quit barking but being cold we did not hear them while we were inside. Our dogs just sit there & listen.



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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.

Call the CG you think you might enjoy. Ask. We've found several CGs will have someone walk the dog out. They don't advertise; depends on the manager, your dog and if any employees are very dog friendly.


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Mark have you tried a thunder shirt for them. I have friends that have used them not sure how their results were but on a Havanese forum I'm on they say they are helpful for separation anxiety. Not 100% but it might help them. We went with small dogs this time after we lost our Britney and they are sure different. I love all dogs and they all have their issues but I wouldn't trade these two Havanese for anything. Attachment 67160


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Yes tried on one of them didn't help they both really hate being alone even when they have each other. I know the one we had loves to travel I've taken her to Rochester and back a couple of times that's about 6 hrs round trip and she doesn't even flinch as long as I'm there. If I get out she is all over the inside of the truck.
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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.
This has been the sad truth in California's parks, for quite awhile and has been getting worse over the past 2-3 years.
it's not unusual for there to be only one ranger for 3 different parks in a 50 mile radius. I've talked to a number of them because I was in the same public safety union as them.
And the poor camp hosts can do nothing but shake their heads and apologize.

That's why we didn't camp in California State Parks, during the summer.
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Yes tried on one of them didn't help they both really hate being alone even when they have each other. I know the one we had loves to travel I've taken her to Rochester and back a couple of times that's about 6 hrs round trip and she doesn't even flinch as long as I'm there. If I get out she is all over the inside of the truck.
Our old dog had separation anxiety. We were able to help her through it. DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) works for some but never helped Maddie. Rescue Remedy helped. I would feed it to her on a biscuit but it can he mixed into their water. What really worked best though was deconditioning training. We would give a treat every time we left. We would start by being gone for a very short period of time and then progressively longer. When you return do not give a treat or attention to the dog. After you have been home for awhile then you can give the dog attention. The idea is that attention itself is a reward so when you come home and give a nervous dog attention you are rewarding the behaviors he had while you were gone. Giving a treat before you leave (do this every time you leave) teaches the dog to look forward to you leaving. It takes a little bit and a lot of work but eventually it does work. We also left on a tv or radio to help maddie feel not so alone. It seemed to work. She quit hurting herself every time we left. She quit barking incessantly and she quit destroying things. Sadly we lost her almost two years ago but we have applied these same principles to our new boy. Good luck fixing your two little guys.
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If your dog is so protective he might not belong in a campground. Maybe the little dog just got away from the little girl. What would have happened if your very protective dog attacked the little girl? Sounds like a dangerous situation that needs to be considered. Poor little girl must have run home crying after that. You didn't call her stupid did you?


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There is no such thing as an unfair fight in the dog world. If a small dog acts aggressive to a larger dog there is no moral code in the canine brain that reminds him he is larger and should demonstrate restraint. If a dog has aggressive tendencies whether he/she be 150 pounds, 50 pounds or 15 pounds they should be monitored at all times and never be off leash. Someone or something will eventually be hurt. Aggression is aggression even in a small package; Fluffy might not be able to finish the fight but can sure instigate one. I love dogs but they donít always get along I donít go camping to end up with someone elseís dog in my campsite and everyone should be able to walk with or without their dog through a campground without being worried about being rushed at by any dog. Itís my responsibility to supervise my dog and not be an annoyance to other campers. Its other dog ownerís responsibility to do the same unfortunately thatís not happening often enough thatís why thereís so many issues over camping with dogs.
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There is no such thing as an unfair fight in the dog world. If a small dog acts aggressive to a larger dog there is no moral code in the canine brain that reminds him he is larger and should demonstrate restraint. If a dog has aggressive tendencies whether he/she be 150 pounds, 50 pounds or 15 pounds they should be monitored at all times and never be off leash. Someone or something will eventually be hurt. Aggression is aggression even in a small package; Fluffy might not be able to finish the fight but can sure instigate one. I love dogs but they donít always get along I donít go camping to end up with someone elseís dog in my campsite and everyone should be able to walk with or without their dog through a campground without being worried about being rushed at by any dog. Itís my responsibility to supervise my dog and not be an annoyance to other campers. Its other dog ownerís responsibility to do the same unfortunately thatís not happening often enough thatís why thereís so many issues over camping with dogs.

Thank you cattledog!

I watch my dog and restrain him accordingly, if an off leash dog wanders into my site and my dog acts aggressively, or defensively depending on which leash you are holding, I'll take care of my dog, the other owner needs to do the same. It really comes down to simply following the rules, keep your dog on a leash.
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