Bringing along the dog

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by 5happycampers, May 16, 2007.

  1. MrsRed

    MrsRed New Member

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    We have a 4 year old lab. When we leave the site sometimes we take him and sometimes we leave him in the tent trailer. This weekend our neighbour said he was whining a little, but said he wasn't bad....I don't know if she's just being nice. He barks when people walk by, if we are there or not, but when we are there we tell him to quite down, so I woner how long he barks when we are not. Probably until the people have past.

    If you want to leave him, go for a short time and ask the neighbour how he behaved while you were gone.
     
  2. jocar

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    We have two adult labs. Both are great to camp with and do well when left alone inside the camper. My main problem is how to tie them up when we are at the campsite. We currently use ground stakes and cables but they are constantly getting wrapped around each other, a tree, etc. Does anyone have any better ideas?
     
  3. mercman

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    We usually tie them to the Picnic table or chair. They are content just lying around, If the sites are far apart we will give them extra rope. Of course Shelby prefers the camper .
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  4. Big Dawg

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    We took the dogs a few years ago tent camping, and it was o.k. They are beagles and they want to let their nose rule where they go. Now that we have the popup, we are looking forward to taking them again. Another thing that was cool was taking them canoeing with us. We had a blast watching them. lol

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  5. ratpatch

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    Tie-out?

    The Flexi company makes one that I really like. It is retractable so you don't have to worry about tripping over the rope on a regular basis its also easier for them to not get tangled up too bad I think.

    http://www.petco.com/product/5847/Flexi-Tie-Out-Retractable-Tie-Out.aspx

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  6. WhatNow

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    We camp with our 3 year old Choco Lab and 13 month old mini Schnauzer......that is the main reason we purchased a camper. We have 2 cable tie outs that we clip to a picnic table leg or the tongue area of the pup. We always tie them side-by-side and they are really good about not getting too tangled. (make sure your dog can not reach the road or a major foot-path area)
    If the weather is hot, we take a looooong morning walk......eat breakfast....then in the camper w/ac while we swim, hike or whatever. We usually do not leave them for more than 3 hours. At lunch we have a potty break and a romp outside.....if it is hot they usually beg to go back inside. When we are at the camp site the schnauzer usually prefers to be outside and the labby inside...
    In the evening we take another walk.
    ........The most important thing about taking your dog is being a responsible owner!!!!!!!!
    ~~~keep your dog on a short leash ....6 ft... when not on your own site........
    ~~~ALWAYS keep poo bags with you....ALWAYS
    [we just spent 8 days at Hunting Island SP......the rangers said they are considering closing the park to dogs because people do not clean up after their pooches or obey the short leash law]
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  7. PaulasPup

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    Well behaved dogs make good campers. I have only been out three times and taken my Boston Terrier all times. He is very good, and curious about all that goes on around him. The first time we went he wanted to bark a little more than necessary the first day or so, I just consistently would remind him with a firm voice (not loud voice). He started making low sounds to himself, instead of out and out barking...it's kind of funny!. Now, the only time he barks is when kids come close or if kids are hitting balls with bats. A kid one time, not camping, hit him with a stick, and he is very leary of that sort of thing. He loves to lay in the grass and just observe everything. He also loves the bunk of the pup...he will take an afternoon nap, or loves bedtime....not a peep out of him at night! I try to get within sight of a restroom, and he can see me when I walk to it. Other than that I have never left him alone at all.

    We take walks, and yes I do carry poo bags! I don't like stepping in it either and I don't want others to have to.

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    Our schnauzer barked a little more than I liked the first time out too<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blush.gif border=0 align=middle>....... we shushed him everytime and it wasn't long until he settled down. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle>
     
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    Try a couple of rolls of snow fencing - you can get it in green if you look, instead of bright orange. It won't keep a determined dog 'in' but it does work as a good area marker for your dogs to know their boundaries and won't leave you (and them) tied up in knots!

    my first goldens were littermates - Toby and Tara, and they could tie some tremendous knots! So we had invisible fencing at home, and often used snow fence to keep them nearby when we went visiting.

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  10. angelsmom10

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    We actually have 4 dogs... unfortunately every place we've either camped or checked into, only allows for 2 dogs... that being said, like other say, it depends on your dog... one of our dogs is 110 lbs and just has trouble getting around, so he stays home, one if a chow-cocker spaniel mix and with his chow temperment, we just want to be safe... he gets an attitude occasionally, but has never attemped to bite, but I won't take a chance with strangers, kids, other dogs (although does get along with our 3 others), the 3rd is a beagle... she has gone on occasion with us, BUT... traveling with her is a chore, she barks the whole trip there, if she's tied to a lead, she chewed through it one time and tracked DH to the bathroom and was waiting outside for him...

    now the 4th is the one we do take, he's only 10 pounds.. a yorkie pooh... he's quiet, behaved stays right at our site... anyone can walk past our site, but if someone cuts through our site, he does park at them... he sleeps inside and stays with us either inside or outside sitting.. if we go away for whatever reason, we leave him inside with the a/c running (if needed).. and he sleeps... he enjoys camping... we have left for as much as 4-5 hours with no trouble..

    AGAIN... it depends on your dog and maybe do a test run... leave him along for 15-30 minutes and slowly expand it..

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  11. FishinBC

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    Our three go with us almost every trip and are wonderful campers. old Buddy is 14 and is just a good old camp pooch. Happy just to lay at your feet in the sunshine. Briar is 8 and is a ball nut. She enjoys getting to play with the camp kids and she is a great hiking pal.

    But our Rob Dog is our treasure and he goes with us EVERY TRIP no matter what. Being a Border Collie, he has to have a job and his favorite job is fishing. This dog actually wades with us when we fly fish. If we pop up the camper to work on it in the driveway and then put it back in the garage at night, Rob will pout for days if it isn't hooked to the van ready to go.

    I think it depends on the dog. All ours are rescues and all aquired at different ages. Rob is the youngest but we also got him first and he was the youngest when we started training camping rules on him. Therefore he is the one the goes all the time. The others know their camping rules and are extremely well behaved. Rob just enjoys it more than the other two.

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    Skipper, my black Cocker Spaniel is 9 years old. He went on his first pup camping trip last week and ensjoyed it. He behaved nicely. I could never leave him in the pup since he gets separation anxiety. He does very well when we go somewhere and we just leave him in the tv.
    Skipper scared half the campground at 3AM. He had to pee and when I let him out, his toenail got caught in the grate of the step. He tried to twist around to pull his toenail out and then fell off the step, landing sideways with his toe still caught, almost breaking his leg -- the screaming was awful. I became Superwoman flying our of the camper without eyeglasses or shoes. I scooped Skipper up before his leg snapped. We woke only half of the campground :0 Lesson learned: put carpet on the stair. FYI Skipper is fine.

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  13. turtle

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    Cody always goes with us. We just don't do any of the activities where he can't go. It's a small sacrafice for our 11 year old friend who has been so wonderful over the years.

    I'm glad Skipper is OK.

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    Glad Skipper is okay and bravo to you Turtle for carrying for a wonderful old friend!

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    We were up in the Dells a few weekends ago - At Mirror Lake, with my Golden retreiver, Fizzy.

    We tend to just stay in the campground and relax, so Fizzy Stays with us at all times, and she's a great camper - no barking, or wandering, Goldens are great at attracting new friends - as they are so friendly and outgoing. Fizzy is no exception and she delights in meeting new people and other dogs.

    Anyway, I picked up a bunch of brochures, and one was for a 'Doggie daycare' in the Dells! What a great idea! you could kennel your pet for a few hours or overnight - they had mini rooms (not wire kennels) for each pet with A/C & TV! if you had multiple pets, they would board them together, and staff that would play with them and take them out. I don't remember the prices - but it didn't strike me as being much different than boarding a dog in a kennel back home - $35 to $50 / day or so. Prices varied depending on the size of the room and the lengtho of stay. They took Cats as well, and they were less expensive, as they needed less room and use a litter box ( don't need to be taken out)

    It seemed to me to be an ideal solution if a family wanted to spend some of their time sightseeing in an area where dogs weren't allowed! (like all the rides and tours in the Dells) and probably a great money-maker for the owners of the place!

    If we wanted to do the 'sightseeing' thing, I'd be much happier leaving Fizzy in a place like that for the day than leaving her in our camper or van! (As it is, I will not leave her in the camper at all, and only leave her in the van if it is cool, locked, and preferably within my sight)

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    We've taken our black lab mix, Casey, on 1 of 2 camping trips we've taken this year. She behaved wonderfully. We went to a state park, so everything we did was outside and she was always with us. Most campgrounds I've been to over the years don't allow you to leave your dog in your camper.

    We're fortunate...my in-laws live a 1/4 mile down the road and they have a black lab, too. So anytime we're going camping and can't/don't want to take the dog, they gladly keep her.

    Labor Day weekend, my in-laws and BIL and SIL went camping with us, too. All 3 dogs stayed at our house, and a single lady friend of ours stayed here with them and cared for them. So, I guess we have more options than some.

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  17. Missy120

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    We took our two Cocker Spaniels with once so far but that is when we still had the tent. I don't think they were to thrilled with the whole tent idea. We didn't get to take them this year with the pop up but we will take Kasey and Pluto with next year and see how it goes.


    I know I will not leave them alone in the pup for the main reason I don't want anything to happen to them and I am not sure what they would do in such a small space left alone. The campgrounds I have been to so far state that you cannot leave them unattended but I still see people do it. I know my dogs and I know I wouldn't be able to.

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    I have had my camper since Aug of this year and so far my GSP has gone with me every trip. I always take her crate (bought a soft sided folding travel crate) and I put her in it throughout the weekend as needed. I use a tie out in the camp site. I haven't had to leave her yet for site seeing but would either take her along or leave her in the air cond. in her crate, in the camper if need be. She is 3 years old and very crate trained though. I would be leary of leaving any dog in a PUP for any lenght of time for fear they may chew or tear their way out.

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    I recently returned from a camping trip with my DS and dachshund, Otis. Thoughtfully, I planned to bring the weiner dog off season as the campgrounds are not crowded for his first time. The worst of our trip was that our site was on the path to the bathroom and trash containers. Otis, a typical dachshund, barked. Just a couple of "woofs" to let others know he was there. He must've been annoying enough because I saw a single camper move her site! The best part of bringing Otis is that he is warm to sleep with, just like a heating pad! The next time I bring Otis, I will pick a better spot that is set out from the main walkway. Kathy
     
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