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Old 04-05-2017, 11:52 AM   #29
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Traveling with dogs

We have taken our 4 Springer Spaniels with us to State parks, national parks, and corp of engineer campgrounds all over the country for years. We have never had a problem with 4. I have seen a few campground websites that limit number of dogs, and I'd certainly call them and ask, but, from our experiences, they are the exception
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:26 PM   #30
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Leave your husband behind and put a T shirt and hat on one of the Shelties.
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:29 PM   #31
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Hi,

Looking for some advice.

My husband and I just bought a 2015 22' Sport. We are new to RV travel. One of the reasons we chose a trailer is to be able to travel with our 3 Shetland Sheepdogs. As we are preparing to take our first test drive we thought we'd try one of the nearby state park campgrounds soon for a couple of nights, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The problem is that the campgrounds are limited to 2 dogs per camp site.

Does anyone have experience with this? How strict are these rules? Since it says 2 dogs per site, do people reserve two sites to accommodate the extra dog?

Any advice would be appreciated. And leaving one at home is not an option!

Thanks
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:48 PM   #32
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I've always thought any number limit is silly, ASSUMING, that they are not barking constantly. I would think that a pound limit would make more sense due to "output". We have 2 that total 24 pounds. But if we had 3 that totaled 36 pounds, would that be worse than someone with 2 that totaled 150 pounds? I don't think so.

The thing that bugs me is the "don't leave them in the trailer" rule. Why do they think we bought a trailer in the first place? Just staying at a motel / hotel is way less work, and all told, less expensive! The pet industry (and children) drive the RV industry from what I can see, but they don't seem to understand that and make the rules accordingly.

I don't have any advice, but with 3 dogs I'd ask permission.
Really- Pet industry and children drive the RV industry? We don't have any pets nor children traveling with us...we bought the AS so we can travel when/where we want without any issues... Had nothing to do with kids nor barking dogs, which can be very noisy and bothersome to those (us) who chose to travel to get away from the noise and commotion....just saying!
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:00 PM   #33
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There are some states that have strange (in my opinion) issues with pets at their state parks. Two that come to mind - Pennsylvania, where some sites allow dogs and others do not. There are entire loops of the CG that have dog prints on the road. Cats have to stay on the dog loop too! Another odd state is Connecticut. At most of the CT state parks, no dogs whatsoever. They are afraid of dogs attacking campers.

As for the OP's original question 3 vs. 2, I would go with the Don't Ask, Don't Tell approach. Shelties are the best. I have 2 now. Maybe someday I will be like you and have 3. Our younger one would have been great at agility alas we did not pursue that with him. Best of luck at your dog shows - may there be blue ribbons in your future.
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:55 PM   #34
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We had the same problem. when we go to the finger lakes we camp at the Finger Lakes National Forest. Between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. Dry camping but very private.
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:27 PM   #35
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Larry the fake three dogs was tongue in cheek. I make rules, don't break them
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Old 04-05-2017, 03:41 PM   #36
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Right on! I hate to say it, but some people think it's their God given right to live by a separate set of rules.....



Another thing that should not be allowed are those extendable leashes that pretty much allow a dog to go where he wants. Most park rules state leashes will be 6' long. Most RVer's apparently can't read well...



For whatever it's worth.



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Ha ha! Well I do live by my own set of rules! That being said, my dogs are very well trained, and are happy (and quiet) inside the trailer. 3 well behaved quiet dogs in a trailer are less nuisance then one loud dog any day... guarantee nobody who has stayed next to me has ever had an issue with noise or disturbance from my dogs, so I don't get caught up in rules that are in place because some people don't control or train their dogs properly.... if you really want to judge me, one of my dogs is considered a "dangerous breed" and also not allowed by most parks rules... "Hayduke lives!"
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Leave your husband behind and put a T shirt and hat on one of the Shelties.
Haaaaa!! But who is going to pick up the poop??
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:16 PM   #38
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my dogs are very well trained, and are happy (and quiet) inside the trailer. 3 well behaved quiet dogs in a trailer are less nuisance then one loud dog any day... guarantee nobody who has stayed next to me has ever had an issue with noise or disturbance from my dogs
I thought so too until one day I came back to the trailer without the dogs seeing me and they were both barking and HOWLING. Never knew them to howl before.

Much more important is leaving the dogs in the trailer is not much different than in a car. You can leave the AC on but AC can fail and has failed for me. Leave a window or 2 open? I did that and had my dog went through the screen.

My dogs ARE family members. They are my children. Would you leave young children alone in a trailer?

I am not talking about a situation where I am a short distance away from the trailer for a short period of time.
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if you really want to judge me, one of my dogs is considered a "dangerous breed" and also not allowed by most parks rules... "Hayduke lives!"


Well, I don't know you at all and it's not mine to judge. I can just tell you that I've experienced fellow campers blatantly violate dog rules and have their off-leash dog enter my campsite with my dog properly leashed - and like many dogs leashed being confronted by an unleashed dog in their "territory", the predictable response is territorial and could get messy. And wouldn't you know it, while they're screaming in vain at their dog to "come!", it's always the "first time" their "well trained" dog ever misbehaved.....

My judgement-free (and free) advice - worth everything you've paid for it - is to choose either to camp where your breed of dog isn't prohibited, obey park rules where they are prohibited, or to stock up on high value liability insurance policies.
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Dogs left alone

Someone mentioned the risk of overheating while leaving dogs alone in the trailer, as for example, when the power goes out and the AC doesn't work.

We thought of that, and have a monitoring system that calls our cell phones when the power goes off or the temperature reaches a point that we specify.

The biggest problem is forgetting to leave the cabinet door open where that monitoring system is located. It heats up in the cabinet, calls us, and we come back. And no, the dogs haven't figured out how to close the cabinet door to get us to come back. . . . yet.
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For many years I traveled with 5 schnauzers. I told the campground that they were small, very well trained, rarely barked, and that I would definitely clear up after them. I never had a problem. Most campground employees always seemed to want to know how it was to travel with so many dogs. I told them that it was great and they were my family and they loved to travel and I loved having them with me.
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It is unfortunate that there are dog owners who don't follow the rules allow their animals - and kids - to run wild - I see this a lot - barking dogs, owners who leave their dogs in their trailers barking/crying all day while their away, owners who let their dogs jump on people, dog owners who do not understand that others do not like dogs - I see those little green bags thrown all over the place - it goes on and on - that's the reason restrictive rules are put in place for dogs -- and kids -- and there are those which go around the rules that create more rules ....

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