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Old 02-12-2014, 10:29 PM   #15
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We have a 98 pound Chesapeake Bay Retriever who travels everywhere we go in our 19" Globetotter. He's a great traveler ,loves people, and is excellent security.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:58 PM   #16
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We have a 45# and a 50# set of matching terrier mix critters. And we're in an Interstate. It's crowded. Constantly have to rearrange them to move around and do anything. But, we love them. After all, we bought the RV for them.

They travel and hang out in our bed when we're not in it. And when we're using the bed, they sleep on the floor up front on their doggie blankies. They sleep like babies, so they must be comfortable.

Photo below of them hanging out on back bed. Bed's not completely down or made. But, gives you an idea. It's super spacious for them.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:43 AM   #17
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We also have a couple of pitbulls that travel with us on some trips!! Gets a little crowded once in a while!!!
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:04 AM   #18
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I have rescued quite a few German Shepherds, and I have found that one of the best ways to get them used to traveling is to include them in everyday trips in the car. Some have had significant anxiety in the car, and that took a while to overcome. In all situations, I recommend some form of restraint system, either a harness/short tether in a secure seat or bench. This gets them used to traveling with low anxiety for the travel and new environments. I would recommend that you invest in having them well trained and if there are any behavior issues, they get corrected. We have found that there is a difference in having one dog vs. two+. It can increase the amount of attention they require. There also needs to be the consideration of keeping them cool in hot weather should they be left alone in the trailer for short periods of time. If it becomes necessary we may get a remote heat monitor while we are away from the motorhome, should our cooling systems fail. In our Airstream Interstate, we use crates. Our dogs are 78lbs., 65lbs.,n and 14lbs., I like having crates so there is someplace secure where they won't run off should the door be open, will not do damage to the interior especially when we are not around, a place to put them if they are dirty and wet, and so we don't constantly trip over each other. It may be difficult to make room for crates, and we have found that stacking them works well. Since you would not need to have them secure into the trailer's structure, there's more flexibility. I would recommend crates large enough to allow them to stretch out and stand up fully (separate crates). In our Interstate we had to remove the second row of seats, stack the crates (they are custom-made), and secure the crates to the structure of the vehicle. It was a significant concession, but we could not imagine traveling without our furry friends. We actually bought the Airstream with them in mind. We love traveling with them! I hope this information helps.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:12 AM   #19
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just a couple of thoughts/questions:

- have you had a dog before? seems like you have based on your post.
- have you camped with 1 or 2 dogs before?
- have you had 2 dogs at the same time before?
- have you had 2 puppies! at the same time before?

having 2 is not just double the fun/work as one. often it is 3x or more.
trying to herd 2 puppies outiside to do their business on command could be interesting.

also, the type of dog makes a huge difference. we have had german shepherds, a rat terrier and now a mini-schnauzer. one at a time. each dog has considered us as part of her pack. active when we are active - resting when we rest.

with 2 dogs, the dogs often bond to each other as a pack, with the 'humans' as add-ons.

make sure the breed is one that likes to bond to its human. this is not always an issue but it can be. some breeds are very independent and may not always be on the same page as you.

lastly - don't get more dog(s) than you can physically handle. we often see someone with 1 or 2 dogs that they can barely control. this can make for unhappy owners, dogs and others.

that being said, i can't imagine our Airstream without our 'furry friend' as co-pilot.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #20
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I have 3 that we travel with. They stay in the kitchen when we cook, so I really don't see a difference in the Airstream. The smallest is 50#s. I sleep on the goucho so there is room for at least 2 of us and the other one gets the twin bed beside hubby. Who gets what depends on who gets there first!

We have since added 2 more to the family, but I just can't see all 5 coming with us.

Then we have the grandkids. But that's another story!

Would not have it any other way! You will figure it out. Don't forget to laugh while you do!
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:45 AM   #21
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Belbein,
Congrats on your AS! I'm a dog person first and Airstreamer second - okay, the AS is my home away from home for me and my four dogs. We travel to competitive dog events. Dog weights are 2 @ 55+lbs, and 2 @ 40 lbs. I have a 23' Lounge setup. It works for me as two dogs need to sleep in crates and the other two can sleep in the corner bed with me. It can be tight, but most of our time is outside in the yard fashioned from several x-pens. I also carry a small plastic lattice barrier so I can "separate" the front from the rear (inside) if needed. With respect to dog type and Labradoodles, etc. - my experience is you get what you train. Two at one time can be tough (been there done that). I will tell you that my neighbor's Labradoodle is high energy and mischievous.
Good luck in whatever you decide about the dogs!
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Think about how to handle the away-from-the-trailer times. A competely sedate older dog can - trust me - remove your window screens and go walkabout while you think he is securely locked in your trailer. We have four dogs, and love them all, (they go camping one at a time) but there are safety hazards on the road that you might never encounter at home. We saw two beautiful irish setters go on a spree throughthe woods where they might never have been found. We've seen a teacup sized dog attacked by geese. Just saying - lots of people travel successfully with dogs, but make SURE you think it through carefully. I have a feeling that a majority of people camping with dogs had the dogs first, and I wonder how many of them would choose to get another if something happened to the first dog?
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:19 AM   #23
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We have a 65lb golden doodle, and she travels in the TV in the rear seat next to our two kids. The rear is a 60/40 split seat that folds up with a flat floor platform. She sits next to the kids. We could put her in a kennel in the rear truck bed, but she does so well with us in the cab.

Our golden doodle is 2 years old, and is easily the best and most well mannered of the 7 dogs I've owned, ranging from collies, shelties, schipperkes, Pyrenees mix etc. She's loyal, sweet, quiet, and friendly, and absolutely the best companion. Only time she acts up is when we finally stop after a long stretch, and she barks a bit to get out. Otherwise, she's quiet.

Our 28 with two adults and two kids gets tight, and the dog has to work to find her quiet space when we are up and moving about. At night, no worries.

We love this breed and love traveling with her. Not sure if the golden's are a bit mellower than the labradoodles, as we see lots of variety in our neighborhood which has lots of doodles. She's a beautiful dog and the only challenge is keeping her beautiful coat free of tangles. I'd not hesitate in getting another golden doodle.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:10 AM   #24
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We have a 65lb golden doodle, and she travels in the TV in the rear seat next to our two kids. The rear is a 60/40 split seat that folds up with a flat floor platform. She sits next to the kids. We could put her in a kennel in the rear truck bed, but she does so well with us in the cab.

Our golden doodle is 2 years old, and is easily the best and most well mannered of the 7 dogs I've owned, ranging from collies, shelties, schipperkes, Pyrenees mix etc. She's loyal, sweet, quiet, and friendly, and absolutely the best companion. Only time she acts up is when we finally stop after a long stretch, and she barks a bit to get out. Otherwise, she's quiet.

Our 28 with two adults and two kids gets tight, and the dog has to work to find her quiet space when we are up and moving about. At night, no worries.

We love this breed and love traveling with her. Not sure if the golden's are a bit mellower than the labradoodles, as we see lots of variety in our neighborhood which has lots of doodles. She's a beautiful dog and the only challenge is keeping her beautiful coat free of tangles. I'd not hesitate in getting another golden doodle.
Your post made me smile when I saw Schipperke ! Rare to see them, my Schip has turned out to be the perfect travel companion for me. In fact, she is sacked out over there on the bed right now after our morning walk in the Santa Cruz river wash.
For me, a ten pound dog...and just "one" is the size and number that works best. But I sure see a lot of travelers with large dogs, and/or multiple dogs.
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We have found that female Standard Poodles tend to be the ideal travelers. They bond quickly and once they have you trained form a great pack.The Airstream becomes their den and they do not stray like the males do if they smell another dog in heat. They do not bark unless there is a good reason and normally ignore other breeds as being inferior or if one enters the pack space without being invited. While they take readily to the leash, (I've never had to train one) they naturally heel and will stay near you. They make great companions.
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We have found that female Standard Poodles tend to be the ideal travelers. They bond quickly and once they have you trained form a great pack.The Airstream becomes their den and they do not stray like the males do if they smell another dog in heat. They do not bark unless there is a good reason and normally ignore other breeds as being inferior or if one enters the pack space without being invited. While they take readily to the leash, (I've never had to train one) they naturally heel and will stay near you. They make great companions.
You must be onto something there. Around my home in the midwest, I rarely see standard poodles, but on this winter stay in Tucson, I have seen maybe as many as ten of them total that folks have as travel companions.
They have a stately looking gait....fun to watch their movement.
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[QUOTE=az-streamer;1417451] a couple of thoughts/questions:[quote]

Fair enough. A couple of answers.

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- have you had a dog before? seems like you have based on your post.
Yep. A bunch. Schnoodles, hounds, labs, and my favorites, Airedales.

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have you camped with 1 or 2 dogs before?
Yes.

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have you had 2 dogs at the same time before?
Yes.

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- have you had 2 puppies! at the same time before?
It's been a really, really long time--like, 33 years. Unless you count the kids, then it's only been 22.

having 2 is not just double the fun/work as one. often it is 3x or more.
trying to herd 2 puppies outiside to do their business on command could be interesting.

also, the type of dog makes a huge difference. we have had german shepherds, a rat terrier and now a mini-schnauzer. one at a time. each dog has considered us as part of her pack. active when we are active - resting when we rest.

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We just adopted a beagle/collie mix from the pound, at 8 weeks old. And we've just committed not to a labradoodle, but to a goldendoodle. Have we had the dogs, or have they had us?
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don't get more dog(s) than you can physically handle. we often see someone with 1 or 2 dogs that they can barely control. this can make for unhappy owners, dogs and others.
Absolutely true. We also do obedience training with our dogs and get help when we need it. These puppies are going to school as soon as their SAT scores come in. The beagle/collie starts next week.

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that being said, i can't imagine our Airstream without our 'furry friend' as co-pilot.
I can't imagine how I lived a single day without my dogs.
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oh ... one more thing ...

It turns out that our little beagle/lab gets in the car, and immediately falls asleep. Takes after my big brother, who used to do the same thing. Car started, Big Bro asleep. (We did break him of hanging his head out the window, though, about the time he finished medical school.)
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