Turning on the owner is a VERY scary experience, especially once it starts breaking skin. Our late boxer, Dempsey, became EXTREMELY door aggressive at home. If anyone rang the doorbell or knocked on the door (or if he heard a doorbell on tv - remember that annoying ad where the doorbell rang all the way through the ad?), he'd charge the door in full code red alert. Nothing, and I mean nothing, would deter him. He actually chewed the door knob into an unusable hunk of chewed up metal. After turning on me multiple times when I tried to get him away from the door, we regretfully returned him to the rescue we got him from, and his former foster family took him in to see if he could be rehabilitated (I told them all I'd already tried). He was assessed by 2 well-known trainers/behaviorists (plus his foster dad was a military dog trainer), but it was finally recommended that he be put down. RIP Dempsey. It was very sad for all of us, including his foster family.
This was the same dog who was a perfect angel in public and out on walks. At Petsmart, 2 year olds were perfectly safe climbing all over him. Also, once a person was inside our house, he was perfectly fine and sane. The doorbell/knocking was the trigger that sent him over the edge - literally. When our grown children visited, we'd have them call right before they arrived and crate him until they were inside the house (they were asked not to ring the doorbell or knock), then he was perfectly fine when we let him out.
We tried all the known desensitization therapies with him, with no luck. Sometimes, the best training still doesn't work. We think that Dempsey had something in his past (he was a rescue) that caused him to become mentally unstable, and that once he started feeling that we were "his people", that it triggered red zone response to people entering our house.
OP, I hope you get professional help for your dog. Only a professional can properly assess the level of instability and apply the proper techniques needed to change the behavior. Just know that sadly, even the best therapy sometimes isn't enough. Best of luck to you!
Been there, done that! Years ago, we drove our new camper through a torrential rain storm on the way to a campground and stopped for a break and gas. I decided to check on the camper and found that water was running down the floor of the camper like a river! Fortunately, our camper was still under warranty. Turns out a major slide seal was completely missing (must have been made on a Monday or Friday...). All lower cabinets and dinette panels warped/peeled and had to be replaced, as well as the carpet. Make sure the underbelly is removed, if there is one, and dry out the underside, too. I'd worry about the subfloor rotting.
Definitely get insurance involved, if the camper isn't under warranty.
Glad Macy's feeling better, but glad you're still taking her to the vet! Hopefully, it was just a pulled muscle or something else minor. Our late poodle started acting funny off and on, and it turned out to be a damaged disc in his back. He had episodes of feeling really bad, then fine for awhile, until the damage was so severe, he became paralyzed. I'm still beating myself up over not taking him to the vet sooner, since he could have possibly been saved with treatment, had I taken him earlier.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Don't beat yourself up about the "what ifs". Jazzie had several serious conditions, and her little body apparently finally had enough. She's now running free at The Rainbow Bridge. I hope you can eventually replace the pain of her loss with the good memories you formed together.
Sorry to sound so blunt, but you need the professional help of a behaviorist (not just a dog trainer) ASAP. This is a very serious problem, especially since he's turning on you when you try to restrain him.
In the meantime, turn and walk the other way at first sight of another dog. Carry VERY high value treats (tiny pieces of hotdog, cheese, etc.) to try and distract your dog as you exit the scene. Walk at times when other dogs aren't likely to be out (super early a.m. and late p.m.). I'd also muzzle this dog when out in public. A basket type of muzzle still allows panting. You don't want to end up getting arrested for having a dangerous dog, if things go south, or getting hurt yourself.
Check Wellness Core grain free reduced fat. Highly rated.
I've used this food with great results on my MIL's obese cockapoo. Be sure to feed the amount for how much the dog SHOULD weigh, according to your vet, or you won't get the desired results. Also, the recommended amount on the package is too much, IMO. My MIL's dog should have weighed 14-15 lb. (weighed 28.2 when we took her in!!) and I fed her 1/4 cup 2x daily, along with a couple of baby carrots and a couple of tablespoons of no-salt green beans (good fiber to help fill her up). After she lost the desired amount of weight, I upped the food slightly to 1/4 c. a.m. and 1/3 c. p.m. If she started gaining weight again, I cut back.
Another food I'd consider is Now Grain Free Small Breed. I feed it to my 8 year old rescue poodle and he does very well on it. Again, feed the amount for what the dog SHOULD weigh.
My husband's and my first dog together was an Irish Setter we named Kelly (original, I know - lol!), whom we adopted at an adoption event. She had just been dumped off at the event that morning by her owner who was moving to an apartment and couldn't take her. We lucked out!
Kelly was a joy to have, although she had her quirks. She was terrified of bridge overpasses when traveling and would duck, then look back to make sure we hadn't hit it - silly girl. Later, she was GREAT with our young daughter and put up with more than she should have had to (yes, I had to train our daughter how to properly interact with a dog) - very nicely tempered dog.
She was an accomplished escape artist and a thief however, and would return with various articles of clothing from the neighbor's yards and clotheslines to give us as presents (shoes, ladies bathrobe, shirts) ...so embarrassing...
With your dogs being on the medium side, I'd get 2 x-pens and hook them together to give them enough room to move around inside. I'd also get a 36 or 48 inch high size, depending on whether your dogs would try to jump out or not. We got ours at Tractor Supply (Retriever brand). We have a very small TT and have the large dinette made into our permanent bed. We store the x-pen under it when traveling.
These things have worked for us:
*Don't poo in the camper toilet (use campground restroom for this).
*Use as little toilet paper as possible and plenty of water to flush with each use. We do use tank treatment.
*Don't dump until full, or nearly full; add water if necessary. Gravity and plenty of water pressure helps!
*If your camper doesn't have a black tank flusher built in, buy a wand to attach to a separate hose. After dumping the black tank, put the wand down the toilet tube and spray, raising the wand up and down and all around, lol, for several minutes. Be careful not to raise it into the toilet bowl itself, or you'll get a shower!
*dump grey tank to rinse stinky slinky.
Ah, terrors, er terriers! Your min pin sounds completely normal for the breed. My part westie mix (also in the terrier family) has the total westie personality, and she brought down a bird in our yard the first week we had her. I had to rescue the bird from Maddie, and she was none to please to lose her prize. She's constantly on the hunt for birds, squirrels, and lizards. When she sees one through the window, she goes nuts, whining pitifully, like she's dying - lol!
Terriers were bred originally to hunt vermin of various sorts, so they feel the need to help you out in that area. Sometimes Maddie will start sniffing the ground, then start trying to dig something out - I guess she smells something underground.
Maybe you could play the "Find It" game around the house. Hide tiny high value treats (about 1/4 the size of your baby fingernail) around the house (don't let her see you do it, obviously) and tell her to find them. Start easy, so she gets the idea, then gradually make the hiding places harder to find.
I agree with Susan to teach her tricks - mental exercise will wear her out much faster than physical exercise, since she's already an Energizer Bunny.
We just bought a small TT with tiny tanks (15 gray, 9 black). We also bought a 15 gallon overflow tank, since we know we'll be needing it at non-full hook up campgrounds - probably daily for grey water.
To maximize the length of use between emptying the tanks, we have done the following, as necessary:
*use campground facilities during the day to help the black tank last longer, and we also only do #1, never #2 unless it's an emergency, in the camper toilet (sorry if TMI).
*strictly limit the amount of toilet paper used, which helps both with making the tank last longer, as well as keeping the sensors from gumming up as quickly. *flush the black water tank (some campers have one built in when emptying the tank for last time; we have a simple wand sprayer that we attach to a hose and stick down the toilet - NOT the drinking hose!!). This has worked pretty well in every camper we've had so far in keeping the sensors relatively accurate (as well as the bathroom habits listed above).
*don't empty the black tank unless full or nearly full. Add water, if necessary, if you need to empty before it's full.
*take Navy showers to limit water going into grey tank. We use the campground showers if they're clean and have a/c in the summer. With kids, I'd definitely do this!
*wash dishes outside like tenters do, if necessary. If you have an outside shower, this is very easy. Set up a small folding table and use 2 dish tubs on it - one for soapy water (only an inch or two is plenty) and one for draining dishes with an rv size dish drainer in it; use the sprayer to rinse dishes into the soapy water tub. If you don't have an outdoor shower, attach a second hose to your water connection with a Y connector. Good for rinsing dirty/sandy feet off, too.
When we had a larger TT with 30 gal. tanks, the black tank lasted a week using the above methods, and the gray lasted about 3 days. There were only 2 of us, so that makes a big difference, compared to having a family/kids.
Glad you decided not to buy the TT - too much trailer for your vehicle. I just bought a Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB (16.5 ft., 2506 dry weight, 7 ft. wide) to tow behind my 2010 Pathfinder (6000 lb. tow limit, V6 4L engine), and it tows fine, but I wouldn't want to tow much more with it. A TT is like driving a sail into the wind. You have to take account the frontal area creating drag, not just the weight and length of the trailer.
Please don't get a 250 with the 6.0L engine. I had two of them - BAD, BAD engine, and Ford knew it - notice that it was changed after only a few years! With my first one, I though I had just gotten a lemon so traded it and had the same problem with the second one. In hind sight, I wish I'd pursued the Lemon Law. These trucks were in the shop at least once a month while under warranty. My nephew-in-law had the same problems I did, and has had to do innumerable "fixes" to keep his truck going.
I guess it's mainly private campgrounds with the no x-pen rule? We camp mainly at state and federal parks and have never come across this problem. I do agree that camping with two dogs is much easier than three - been there, done that. However, the poster has 3 dogs, so it's a moot point. Could one dog be left inside while having the other two outside on leashes, then rotate them?