Never had a problem. I just make sure they have enough air and water to cover them until we return. We have to cage one of the dogs because she will try to her way out of the trailer when she is left alone.
Their sole job is to make sure they sound ferocious while we are away if anyone comes around and not to use the Internet.
Cap't Dan has to a clothes hamper over his steering wheel as one of his dogs has learned how to blow the horn when he is bored.
Reason #4,583 why crate training is wonderful. Agree with everyone else: monitor the temperature, know your dog, ask your neighbors, start short before going long, make sure they have water in their crate, etc.
A barking dog will get you in trouble.
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Most of the time we take ours along if not stopping for supplies or places that do not allow dogs. Summer is more of a concern for us in taking the dogs with us. I have found taking them of walks before leaving. The other thing is a fan is running just in case the AC trips the circuit breaker, close the curtians & turn on a radio. When we do go off without them it is only for a few hours. I could say they do not bark, then again I am not around to know. When I walk ours around campgrounds you can hear a dog barking in the camper with the owners gone. It is them protecting like they do at home.
Our dog goes along in the pickup. He just loves to ride in the vehicle. What do we do when we stop? Dog gets in the back of the pickup on a carpet that isn't too hot. If we're in Wyoming the dog rides in the back of the pickup all the time in the summer. He is not chained and won't leave the truck. He owns that truck, just try to take something out of the bed when he is there guarding it.
Wow, dog poop, dog food, pit bulls and now THIS, and it's only eleven days into the year! 2012 is shaping up to be quite a year in the Pet Stop!.....
Gee . . . . do ya think!!??
Walter & Garland - Camp Canine caretakers
Gen. Gretchen - 9 y.o. GSD - Special Forces/Seal/DOTL Cloudbusters
Gen. Missy - GSD/Aussie - Joined Special Forces/DOTL Rainbow Division, June 11,2006
Miss Inga - 3 month old GSD. Still a civilian at this point.
I know it was a freak thing, but it really puts a scare into you.
I can't begin to imagine how scary that was - BUT: the same thing can happen in a "regular" home, too.
We leave ours for periods up to 7-8 hours at home, so a few hours in the RV are nothing. We make sure they've had some good exercise before we leave, then keep the A/C and TV turned on. They just tend to sleep.
We crate our boxer mix, it keeps him safe and out of trouble and quiet b/c he can't see what's going on. We leave a small fan running to give him some white noise. We haven't heard anything from our neighbors about him barking.
We also take him for a nice long walk to tire him out. He's a big boy, so he'll sleep for a while after some nice exercise
Hubby, Wife, 18yo twins boys, 7yo boy, 4 yo girl
'04 Chevy crew cab 8ft bed
'07 Prowler 32ft bh
Every campsite is different. I think most post rules to protect themselves. I rarely see them enforced as written. For example Disney's Ft. Wilderness has a two pet policy... and you're not supposed to put up dog runs...and you're not supposed to leave your dogs outside unattended. Well...I'll tell you that I've seen unattended dog runs erected with 6 little yippi's running around.
I think the main thing is to be courteous to other campers. They don't want their property destroyed...they don't want to see poop laying around on the ground...and they don't want to be driven beserk by barking dogs. Six foot leash policy most places...
There are a few private campsites that we've been to that Prohibit pets. Most prohibit pets around public areas, washhouses, bathing areas, kids playgrounds, etc... The Florida freshwater springs prohibit the pets within a certain distance of the water...and they are prohibited on the State Park beaches in Florida.
Most campsites have a list of rules they give you when you check-in...better yet, on their website when you make the reservation. Pays to read them.
Anyway...we leave ours to nap in their crates every day...while we go kayaking/biking/sightseeing/theme parking/dining, etc... We don't usually leave them for many hours straight...we come back to do lunch a quick walk, etc... And we make sure to walk them good in the morning and evenings...plus spend the day with them now and then. It's their vacation too
If I get an uneasy feeling...we just call-in to the temp monitor for a status report. It tells us the power status, temperature, and backup battery voltage. Helps put our minds to ease. Our fur kids are usually having doggie dreams, rolled over on their backs with their paws in the air --- enjoying the easy life.
We love camping with our two...I hope you have many fun adventures with yours.
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"chuggs" Thank you so much for this info.....this seems like a very good solution to an issue many of us share. I book marked your testing and results from the other thread...Thanks again!
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