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JimK-NY

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Posted: 04/04/21 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dogs are a major commitment. You are not going to be able to leave them in the RV alone! Don't even think of that. Many campgrounds, RV parks and the National Park where I hosted, prohibit leaving dogs alone. Even going to the grocery store might mean one of you staying back at the RV with the dogs.

Don't plan on having freedom to go where you want with the dogs. National Parks and some other areas totally prohibit dogs on the trail.

Another consideration is the health and wellbeing of your dogs. Some dogs just do not travel well either in the tow vehicle, motor home or left alone in a trailer while traveling.

You do not need to worry a lot about dogs being a nuisance to others. I would immediately go to the campground host to alert them to issues with dogs. Nor do I put up with unleased dogs or dogs on leashes too short for trails and other close quarters.

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I just want to say Thank you for voicing your concern! That shows consideration that's sadly lacking these days.

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A good camping dog basically ignores everything beyond about a 5' perimeter of their "house". Strange people/pets/critters/kids - these are staples of camping. There ARE "fixes" - a no-bark collar that gives a buzz/shock to the barker is a good deterrent (the good ones start with a vibration, then escalate to a shock if the barking doesn't cease).

What about tent camping? (Or even renting a cargo van and throwing some cots inside)? Right now, used-camper prices are soaring - I would hate to see you pay top dollar only to find out your gang just aren't "campers"?

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What about tent camping? (Or even renting a cargo van and throwing some cots inside)? Right now, used-camper prices are soaring - I would hate to see you pay top dollar only to find out your gang just aren't "campers"?

How would this be any different? If the dogs bark at everything the type of accommodations so to speak isn't very relevant. What made the hair on the back of my neck stand up more than the barking question is the comment "pack mentality". I understand that can mean almost anything but it's a big concerning.


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I agree. That's why I asked how many dogs the OP has. "Pack mentality" with two dogs can be completely different that "pack mentality" with three or more dogs.

I also think that a tent is not the way to go. Too many sounds and shadows to set the dogs off.

Unless the OP returns to provide more details on their dogs, we really can't say what will work or not.


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I had just suggested tent camping, to see how the dogs reacted to the experience; rather than rent - or even worse, buy an RV and then find out it won't work.

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

I had just suggested tent camping, to see how the dogs reacted to the experience; rather than rent - or even worse, buy an RV and then find out it won't work.


I get that. I just think trying in a tent when they are so reactive to outside stimuli is bound to fail so it isn't a good test.

I really think the OP needs to put in some effort at home to refocus the dogs first. If they can't do that then the dogs won't change their behavior at a campground.

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We used to have two dogs. When we left them alone in the rv we dropped all window shades and put the tv or some music on and the a/c fan for noise. We also put bark collars on them. We then would hang around for a few minutes when we left them to hear if they barked. The first few times we did this they barked. We would open the door and let them know this was not OK.

When we returned we asked around to find out if they barked. They did not according to neighbors in the end we did not even put the batteries in the bark collars, just putting them on their neck was enough to keep them quiet.


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toedtoes wrote:

Deb and Ed M wrote:

I had just suggested tent camping, to see how the dogs reacted to the experience; rather than rent - or even worse, buy an RV and then find out it won't work.


I get that. I just think trying in a tent when they are so reactive to outside stimuli is bound to fail so it isn't a good test.

I really think the OP needs to put in some effort at home to refocus the dogs first. If they can't do that then the dogs won't change their behavior at a campground.


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toedtoes wrote:


I get that. I just think trying in a tent when they are so reactive to outside stimuli is bound to fail so it isn't a good test.

I really think the OP needs to put in some effort at home to refocus the dogs first. If they can't do that then the dogs won't change their behavior at a campground.


OK -my suggestion WAS diabolical ;-) More of a test of "if your dogs have a "pack mentality" - who is the Alpha and can you control them??" and simply setting up a tent for a day, should show where the control problems lie without spending a fortune on an RV.

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