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Posted: 07/27/20 09:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We also have video with sound monitors. We leave the tv on low and our dogs go lay down and sleep while we are gone. Only time they have barked was when someone knocked on our door and they got quiet fairly quickly afterward. We do not leave them for long periods and would never leave them outside without us nearby(too many bad things can happen).


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Nothing worse than a yapping barking dog. One trick to reduce the barking everytime somebody walks by or a leaf falls outside, is to close the shades & leave the radio on. The dog can't bark at what it can't see or hear.


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camperdave wrote:

Horsedoc wrote:

How do you know? The folks parked next to you who are trying to relax or sleep or have an outside lunch might disagree with you.


You know, because you talk to those neighbors upon returning and ask if they heard any barking. Unless they are for some reason lying and saying they didn't hear anything when they did.


Yep - we asked many neighbors when we first started camping with our dog, and still check in now and then. Our dog doesn't bark in general - never has - and the camper is no different.

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Doubt you will find any campground that will allow you to leave any dog unattended outside - simply not accepted (potential for problems is just too high). Most do not allow any dog left unattended at any time - even inside. That's because too many, unbeknown to the owner) DO bark! They are not in their normal habitat, surrounded by the unknown, experiencing different sensory elements than they are used to. It is far too common for 'dogs that don't bark' to be overwhelmed when in a campground. We have been RVing for over 45 years and far too often walk by a camper with a dog left inside (safely) and the poor thing is clearly overwhelmed.The barking, whining, crying is constant and sad. We were in a CG outside of Savannah with a very nice Motorhome next door. They had 2 dogs. When the couple left, the air conditioning was on, we could hear a radio/tv playing, and all the blinds were drawn. It took less than 2 minutes for the smaller dog to begin frantically running in laps around the windshield, behind the curtain covering the windows, looking terrified. It was barking, panting with it's tongue hanging out, desperately trying to find a way out. The larger dog was barking loudly as well - as if trying to tell the small one to 'chill', or because it too was becoming frightened. This continued for over 4 hours until the couple returned. We told them what had happened, and they proceeded to tell us we were 'wrong', that their dogs were 'used to being left alone in the rig' and that we had completely overreacted to the situation.
The next day, right after they left, the exact same thing happened. This time, we contacted the CG management and asked them to witness what we were observing. When the couple returned, they again denied reality. Their dogs 'were good dogs who had no problem being alone'. The couple was told that was not the case and were warned not to leave them alone again or they would be asked/told to leave.
Yep, day 3, same as days 1 & 2. This time, the management checked on their own when they realized the couple's toad was not at the site. The poor dogs were again agitated. When the couple returned, they were told to leave. They were very, very angry at us for 'lying' and continued to deny the truth.
I cannot imagine this exact scenario did not repeat itself elsewhere! Very few dog owners are so arrogant, so ignorant or so rude. Most care deeply for the welfare of their beloved pets and we have never experienced any like this couple at any other time. Many ask if their pets barked while they were away. If we heard them do so, we were honest. No one else has ever had a problem with that.
I might suggest that you do a 'trial run' with your dog if possible. Open up the camper, go inside with him/her, and then leave the dog there. Be out of sight, or maybe ask a neighbor to check after you actually leave. Sitting outside the RV with the dog inside may not be enough of a test. If the dog reacts positively, doesn't bark, seem agitated or upset, you could well be fine. He will be in a different environment, and you can determine how he will react. Just a thought.


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People also have a strange idea about the behavior of their dogs on narrow trails. Numerous times I have encountered a leashed but snarling protective dog. I got the typical, don't worry, the dog won't bite. Somehow they lose confidence in the dog when they learn the dog will only bite once, then it will be dead. I even had one dog attack me next to my campground picnic table. The owner somehow thought it made sense to blame me when the dog broke its leash and attacked.

When you take a dog camping, you really need to think it through. Your trip may be spent sitting around the campground dog sitting.

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A dog barking is one thing, but how about blowing the horn? I was in a campsite that was one of 10 clustered around a circle, like the face of a clock, so those at the bottom of the circle faced back to one of the interior campground roads. There was a small dog left alone in a Sprinter-based RV next to me, who sat in the driver’s seat watching the road. Any time someone passed by walking a dog, the dog in the RV excitedly jumped up & down in the seat, barking a bit, but also hitting the horn with its front paws each time.

Not that many dogs went by, maybe 4 or 5 in 2-3 hours, and the horn blowing only lasted 30 seconds or so each time, so I was mostly amused, but it might have been different if there were more dog traffic, or a dog in one of the other campsites that remained in view for a longer period. I was away from the campground when the owners returned, and they left the next morning, so I never found out if they were aware of their dog’s unique talents.


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My German Shepherd is too friendly and far too expensive to leave outside when I'm not there so he comes with us.

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I dont think ive ever been in a pay campground that allows any dog to be left unattended, inside or out.

I personally would never leave my Akita(who truly doesnt bark- its an Akita Thang). Yes, it can limit me, but that is part of the responsibility i voluntarily took on when I acquired him.

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CFerguson wrote:

I dont think ive ever been in a pay campground that allows any dog to be left unattended, inside or out.

I personally would never leave my Akita(who truly doesnt bark- its an Akita Thang). Yes, it can limit me, but that is part of the responsibility i voluntarily took on when I acquired him.


It is so nice to hear a voice of reason in a sea of delusional dog owners...

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Seattle Steve wrote:

CFerguson wrote:

I dont think ive ever been in a pay campground that allows any dog to be left unattended, inside or out.

I personally would never leave my Akita(who truly doesnt bark- its an Akita Thang). Yes, it can limit me, but that is part of the responsibility i voluntarily took on when I acquired him.


It is so nice to hear a voice of reason in a sea of delusional dog owners...

Delusional is the idea you cannot leave your dog alone/unattended. My dog stays home every work day by himself for 6-8 hours. He is capable of staying alone at the CG as well.


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