Advice on camping with Dogs.

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by special_k, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. special_k

    special_k New Member

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    So when I get out of the army (18 months), we plan on moving out of Washington. We bought the trailer strictly so we could move our pack of dogs. We have 4 dogs, 2 large, 1 medium and 1 small and also a cat. Yes I know we are crazy. The trailer is so we can transfer the pack and have somewhere to stay for the night, since a hotel would be out of the question. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on camping with dogs?
     
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    R00 Active Member

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    Hide the kibble well.
     
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    It's a blast! My dog lovers camping more than my husband. I bring a tie out and the leash is ready right inside the door
     
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    Bring rope, tie it between 2 trees and then hook a leash onto the rope so the dogs have some room to run. Given the number of dogs you have, you might want to set up a few different lines.

    The only hard part is activities while camping. If hiking is your thing then great. But if you want to go to museums or out to dinner then you pretty much have to leave them in the car. I'm pretty sure my dogs would take about 2 minutes to figure out how to shred the canvas and get out of the camper if we were not there with them.
     
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    What kind of camper do you have? Is it a hardwall TT that you can safely leave the dogs in for a bit while you leave? Does it have A/C? Or is it a popup? Unless it's a hardwall TT or hybrid, I wouldn't go off and leave them.

    But it sounds as if you're going to be traveling and only stopping to sleep, not sightseeing. Besides the excellent suggestion by bldmtnrider of the rope between trees, you might consider a pen. We bought two of the X fence enclosures of appropriate height for our dogs and hook them together to make an enclosure for them at the campsite. I realize, though, that buying enough X fences to create a large enough enclosure for four dogs might get costly. But you can position one of many different types of awnings/shades over them, too -- although, and trust me when I say this, if it's windy and the shade cover blows away or even flaps too much you'll traumatize your dogs.

    Also, with four dogs, you might want to seek out campsites distanced slightly from others, if possible, just to avoid the constant stimulation of people walking by.

    Why don't you list your camper/tow vehicle info in your profile? That way responders will know your setup and will be able to better craft responses to future inquiries.

    Good luck, and hopefully things will go so well you'll want to keep camping into the future!
     
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    Not much to say about camping with pets as mine are pretty rambunctious ....... But you do say your an army man, SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY SIR OR MADAM, with out folks like you ........ We'll need I say more, thanks again[emoji631][emoji631]
     
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    Many campgrounds outright ban tying or hanging things from trees. Many limit tieouts to 6' as well. Not to mention most will balk when you tell them you have 4 dogs

    You might consider looking to build a good boondocking setup and plan your route accordingly.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the help. We have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler 4 door which the pack just lay down while we drive. All 4 are kennel trained and love to be in them. Most of the journey would be just staying over night or a couple of days. I have a pop up (Fleetwood Destiny) All the kennels fit on the bench and the smaller bed and we have tested in our back yard and they just sleep most of the time in there.
     
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    We use harnesses with our dogs whenever we are going away from the house for any reason. No matter how well trained your pack is there is always the chance someone will freak over something and slip their collar. Nothing is worse than watching your dog disappear over the horizon in an place unfamiliar to him and you.
    Kathy
     
  10. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    We travel with 3 Chihuahuas and use harnesses for the dog walks etc. and also have 2 pet fences that we hook together and put them in it when they are outside off the leash. It also makes the poop easier to collect. I do not know if the pet fences would work for you with the large dogs, maybe use tie out cables for them outside. If /when we leave the PUP we leave a radio on for them also water and AC during the brutal summers we have here in N/W Fla. Check with the campgrounds prior to leaving and make sure they allow pets, some do not and some have a limit on the type of dogs and sizes too. Have a good trip..
     
  11. FL_Bill

    FL_Bill I'm cooking something yummy!

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    It sounds like you will be fine. Creat traing is the way to go. Calms them right down.

    Best of luck!

    FL Bill
     
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    Our dogs love camping - just the sight of the cooler coming out of the basement gets them all stirred up knowing a trip is imminent.
     
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    First off, thanks for your service Specialist. Next, my own experience is when your dogs are well trained you'll have a lot less issues. Most campgrounds require dogs be leashed, on no more than 6 feet, and never left unattended. Also, bring a lot of plastic bags. Campers aren't a huge fan of stepping in dog poop left behind by lazy individuals. A word of advice, if you take them on a walk, take them one at a time, as each campground will be a new place, new smells, new bits of possible anxiety. We have 2 large dogs and I always find it easier this way even though they're both well trained. Use the common sense I'm sure you have and you'll be just fine. Do ensure ahead of time the campground you'll be staying at allows dogs, there are a few out there that dont.
     
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    Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I have three small dogs from 8 to 18 lbs, and was just about to post for advice when I found this. Answers more questions than I had!

    Getting a new Flagstaff 176LTD this coming week, and can't get away from the website. Everyone's so generous!
     
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    I have been practicing with the dogs in the trailer in the back yard for a little bit and they go crazy whenever I bring out the crank to put up the trailer. All 4 love to be in the trailer on the smaller bed. They all sleep there. I try to bring them inside from the trailer and it is like pulling teeth. Still working on the puppy on the crate. He hates being apart from me and thinks I am leaving him forever. Thank you all for the help. Just more practicing and training and I think we will be good. Hopefully
     
  16. popuppartyof5

    popuppartyof5 Are we having fun yet???

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    We use 550 cord between trees and then use carabiners on the end of their leashes to hook them up to the 550 cord. Works great and they can move around a bit better.
     
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    1. thank you for your service.

    2. set up the popup at home, let the dogs get used to it. decide NOW where they will sleep at night. teach them where their spot is.
    i have never crated any of my dogs, & the dog I have now is well trained. when we are out camping, I do not have to tie him up, he knows to stay between the picnic table and "home" (tent or camper). with your pack, leashes will be necessary.
    tie to a tree, not the popup! When Barney was still a puppy, I used a long choke collar with clips to connect him to the older dog, who already knew the routine. after one trip, Barney had it figured out and LOVED IT. he is a camping pro now.

    3. front rugs for muddy feet, one on ground, other just inside entry. carpeting gives him a grip to jump in.

    4. large waterproof covers for sofa or end bed where dogs will sleep. Mine jumps to sofa to reach twin bed end. he loves stretching out in his 'own' bed. i scavenged a tailgater canopy top after a camp out, and use that for the bed end. I have a piece of ripstop nylon on the sofa. easy to shake off/wash.
    (2 yards = 6 ft. we paid $2 yard at Hancock fabric or Walmart.) 60 inch wide, thick polyester material is what you want. (ask for jacket or coat liner. Polyester, not acetate.) spray down with silicone waterproof spray to make it more water/mud proof.

    5. ant proof food bowls. take a large flat shallow pan, fill with water, set food bowl inside of water pan. dont leave dogfood outside at night, or the forest visitors will help themselves. squirrels, raccoons, skunks and bears - depending on where you are. I have had all of the above visit my campsites at night.
    so now, i leave my forest friends a pile of food scraps, (peels, veggie ends, NO MEAT) or simple deer feed corn, down the hill from my site. helps prevent night time food raids.

    6. short glow sticks. I put one on his collar at night, so I can find him in the dark. or buy the LED collars. also serves as a flashlight for the dog on the late nite potty trips.

    7. possible 'fencing" option: 4 large plant/ shepherd hooks that stab into ground, plus some of the orange plastic road hazzard fencing. (another great find, a 100 ft roll bounced out of road utility truck, so I circled back to get it.) use it to make a square to keep dogs enclosed.

    hope one idea proves useful to you & your crew.
     
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    Thank you very much. We will start practicing more with the recommendations.
     
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    One thing I am thinking about as well is make sure all of them are current on all vaccines and on a flea prevention. Keep rabies certs handy just in case. Also make sure everyone has a microchip and has the most current information listed.
     
  20. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Something to add to all the other great suggestions. Consider putting tape or a luggage tag to the dogs collar with your campsite # and cell number. That way if someone finds him/her they know where to bring them.
     

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