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Posted: 07/29/12 08:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just bought our 1st brand new RV. Will be traveling with 2 toy dogs & bark collars. Hope
to go on first trip next month - Oregon. Today we took them on a day trip & things went well. I'm a little worried about all the rules I read about. I'm wondering about how strict the parks really are on not letting you walk your dog(s) to the bathroom area? You really have to carry them? And you really can't leave them in the RV if you want to go to a restaurant? We will put bark collars on them & made sure they aren't being a nuisance to those around us. I guess I'm just afraid of being kicked out & having noplace to go. Has this ever happened to any of you? We feel they will just sleep inside with the a/c on. They're getting older - 8 & 11.
I know the rules are so people don't leave dog poop all over & howling dogs tied to their units but we will be very cautious & neighborly. I have a stroller for them but they really don't like it. Jumped out on first use & broke the zipper! thanks.

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Posted: 07/29/12 08:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have never stayed in a park where you had to carry your dogs to the dog walk area. Always pick up after them -- never leave them alone outside -- you can leave them in your RV when you go off. keep them leashed and you should not have any problems.


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And I would not put bark collars on them. Toy dogs are just too small - their systems will not handle the shock. Just pull down all the shades, leave the TV or a radio on for white noise, and then ask the neighbors to please pay attention and let you know whether they bark. You can check if they bark when you leave - just drive away, park somewhere close by and walk to the rig from behind. Stand there for a while to see if they are quiet. Ask the neighbor when you return. Most park rules are common sense as you have noted. Read the rules they give you at the registration desk and ask if you need clarification before you check in. Until last October, I had 4 dogs for the previous 3-4 yrs and never had any problems with any cg. Have 3 dogs now.


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RV Parks are privately owned operations so there really is no standard for how they enforce their own rules. It's been my finding that it's every possible level and has NO bearing on the quality of the park. Some seem to be looking for some reason to get on their guests and others may have lots of strict rules but as long as your infraction doesn't involve weapons of mass destruction, they leave you alone. My ADVICE is obey the rules and you won't have to worry about it and your neighbors will probably appreciate it.


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Posted: 07/29/12 09:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As long as you are a responsible pet owner and your dogs are under control and not a nuisance, you'll have no problem. Clean up after them, don't leave them unattended outside, and make sure they're not barking incessantly inside while you're gone. Happy trails!


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Posted: 07/30/12 02:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We travel with a dog everywhere.

Lots of rules about dogs (pets)....clean up after them, leash them, don't leave unattended, no barking, no aggressive breeds, no dogs over 40# etc. Most places have the same basic rules.......some places have 'special' conditions/rules.

How strict........hummmmmmmm
Not enforced enough/consistently at lots of places.


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I'm a little confused about your question. Are you asking about taking your dogs off leash to the human or dog rest areas? No, you do not have to carry your dogs but they MUST be on leash. Be aware that there may be other dogs that are on those looong extended leashes and could get close to your dogs. You may want to carry them if they are small/aggressive.





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Posted: 07/30/12 06:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stayed in one RV park that had the rule that dogs must ONLY be walked on your own site or at the dog walk area, and that they should be carried or driven there. It was a very swanky Class A only "resort." I was not at all comfortable there for many reasons. DH loved it, but he's much more impressed by aesthetics than I am.

But my point is that while those types of parks do exist, there seem to be (thankfully) very few of them. In general I think you'll find that most campgrounds/RV parks run the gamut from pet tolerant to very pet friendly. And usually it's pretty easy to tell where they are on the spectrum just by looking at their websites.

You'll notice that many (most?) campground websites state that pets must not be left unattended. Usually that means outside. If you have any doubt about it, my advice is to call ahead and ask for clarification. I always do, and have never once been told that we couldn't leave our well-behaved dogs alone in the RV. When planning a trip to Cape Cod we did encounter one campground's website that specifically said dogs could not be left unattended even in the RV, so we of course gave our business to a more pet-friendly campground.


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Posted: 07/30/12 06:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some parks even provide the poop bags - some do not. I have a holder,that contains a roll of bags, hooked on to each leash, so we always have a bag handy... for our use, or for someone who might have run out and needs one. I'm always happy to share.

* This post was edited 07/30/12 04:29pm by raindove *


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Posted: 07/30/12 06:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have never heard of, nor seen, any rules stating dogs must be carried to the dog exercise area. Someone is pulling your leg. No one will carry a 100 lb dog thru a CG.

Make sure you have bags with you on the walk to the dog exercise area. Your dog may not make it that far. Mine don't always make it, but I always have bags to pick it up.


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