We were camping at a state park recently when I saw a loose dog come running up the road, I quickly went to put my dog in the TT but wasn't quick enough. Luckily, the other dog was friendly and we were able to catch it and put one of our leashes on it. We got our dog in the TT and by this time the embarrassed owner came running up. The dog had gotten loose from their campsite and was apparently a runner that won't let them near it. The owner said he does it all the time. That said, the poor dog did not want to go back with them. I later saw why. I passed their site. They were tent camping and had 2 other dogs in addition to this one. The other two were on long leashes and had the run of the site. This one was tethered on a 6 ft leash that was attached to the top of a 5 ft pole (the kind used to hang food at a tent site). The dog had no room to go anywhere. He was miserable and barking. I felt bad for him. For me, the only thing that has happened was my dog slipped her new collar going into a dog park. She stood still like a rock while I put it back on and tightened it. It is all about the training. This is a dog that had a little dog aggression when we first got her. We socialized her to other dogs and she has not been dog aggressive since. We still know enough not to give her the chance and will control every situation and even warn other dog owners that she did pin dogs that tried to mount her when we first got her almost 10 yrs ago. She never ever bit another dog but pinned them. That is enough for us to know to be cautious even to this day. I won't let her into a situation where it can be an issue. That is key. Don't let a dog into a troublesome situation and you won't have a problem.
To the OP, make sure you get that dog microchipped just in case he gets away and you can't catch him.
Like I said, 'Be smarter than the dog'. Put the leash on the dog's collar, and get a good grip, before you open the trailer door. It would be ideal if you could train the dog to sit and wait for the command to exit the RV. Practice at home before you go camping. If the dog is chained outside and constantly lunges and barks at passerbys, immediately correct or put the dog back in the RV,(no fun). He will understand that his behavior is unwanted and has consequences. The human must be consistent and effective for this to work. None of this sitting in a chair, saying, 'Fluffie, cut that out'. Get up, correct the dog,(not hands on)or put him back in the RV.
I am sure I will get "flamed" for this, but
Get a "shock collar", used correctly its safe and humane.
Mine don't need it anymore, all I have to do is show them the collar when they are not behaving. I stopped them from leaving the yard when the gate is open, one or two low level zaps broke them of that habit.
The same can be done if they "bolt" out the R V door, simply make them sit while you open the door and go outside, if they follow you before you call them, zap them. Unless you have a really stubborn dog, once or twice is all it takes. I tought Our Labs to stay near camp when were out in the Desert, Unleashed and cruising around camp was fine, if they left the area a quick zap and they came right back.
The snake avoidance classes use them as well with good results.
The pulse is short and adjustable, just enough to get there attention.
I put the collars on when were around alot of people or dogs, just in case, but don't need to use them much. Our dogs are NOT the most well behaved ones out there, but they are controllable once they get over meeting a new dog or person.
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