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Old 08-12-2014, 02:18 PM   #29
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I've been traveling and camping with my whippets & greyhound for several years. They usually travel in crates in my SUV. My FIRST order of business when getting to a campsite is to set up their pen. I purchased 10 (3'x4') panels and set them up in a number of configurations. Since my purchase, I've done away with the panel attach fasteners and now just use zip-ties exclusively.... very fast setup and breakdown. Anyway, once the pen is in place I can put the dogs inside with water and beds so I can go about my parking and setup while they relax. And that helps me to relax. I don't have to worry about them getting hot in the truck or standing up and blocking my view while parking, etc. Here's a link to my setup: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...run-54736.html

I also have a center gaucho that I typically leave in the partially extending position so that they can recline there while inside. Keeps them out from under my feet.

I have tried a number of ways to carry their food but I always resort back to 1-gallon freezer bags. I can fit them just about anywhere.

I'd really like to add a wall mounted bowl holder, something like this: https://www.nelsonmfg.com/dog-feeders/1400/

Good luck - traveling with the pups makes every trip so much better! IMO.

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Old 08-12-2014, 02:51 PM   #30
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Great thread! Making lists of meds for our lab...

Funkill, I like your wall mount bowl idea. I have been looking at adding this model to our trailer to keep bowls out from underfoot. Hoping it will fit inside the door, in place of our magazine rack. Haven't yet measured it out though.

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Old 08-14-2017, 03:30 PM   #31
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ok, I'm prepared to get some negative feedback on this, but here goes--we have three small dogs who are trained on invisible fence. The options I've seen for "portable" invisible fences don't seem to work very well. Has anyone found options for containing dogs outside of the airstream? We would like to have them with us when we are just sitting outside but would rather not use tie out leashes. Yes, I wish I had invested in training them when they were young, but I didn't.
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We tried an old wooden accordion child's playpen, probably from the 40's or 50's. We thought is was kinda retro with the Airstream. The littlest could sneak through it and the biggest just turned it over. Now we just have the two small dogs. We got a soft puppy playpen that folds up like one of those oval windshield screens made of cloth with a wire frame. DW got it at a Beall's Outlet store. It is octagon shaped and has a top zipper and a zipper on one side. It folds up flat and has an elastic band to keep it folded up. It was made under the Laura Ashley brand.

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Old 08-14-2017, 03:50 PM   #33
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New AS Owner: advice on traveling w/ dogs

https://www.rakuten.com/prod/24-tall...CABEgLDGvD_BwE
We have 4 of similar to this. 24" is easy to step over but keeps our pups in. Added safety over invisible is some protection from roaming dogs. Folded up they take very little space. I used a section of wire shelving to go under the Airstream where the steps are so I can open the door without fear of them going walkabout alone.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:54 PM   #34
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Lots of great advice above. I'm a big fan of simple lists, so here goes (some of this repeats what others have said):

- Get a temperature monitor and make sure you can get back quickly if you get an alert.
- Leave a radio and the AC fan on when leaving them alone
- Stop often for water breaks when traveling. We stop about every hour
- Cover everything they sit on: couch, bed. Orvis is a great place to get furniture covers
- Consider GPS trackers.
- Always make them wait for the release word before getting out of the truck or Airstream
- Leave leashes on in the truck
- Put a "Save my pet sticker" on both sides of the trailer with cell phone number
- Put an extra set of door keys in a lockbox secured to the trailer
- Have lots of candles for when you are there
- Have a good hand-held vacuum, dry swiffer, wet swiffer, and small dust broom and dust pan
- Have lots of lint brushes in lots of places
- Get a good water-trapper mat for inside the front door (Orvis)
- Have lots of dog towels
- Get a big golf umbrella with auto open for getting out the door easily when it is raining and the awning isn't open
- Have good brushes, combs, and towels in outside compartment. Use the brushes often
- Keep a copy of shot records, especially rabies, in both the tow vehicle and Airstream
- Have a dog rain coat and boots for when it is raining hard
- Put everything you take on a dog-packing checklist and check it before each trip

We love traveling with our dogs, two 100+ pound Great Pyrenees. They have been almost 20,000 miles in the Airstream and we traveled with one of them and another dog before her another 20,000+ miles in a 17' Casita.

We plan our trips around the dogs, making sure we don't leave them alone too long. We are particularly careful in the summer when an AC failure could be dangerous. Our monitor will notify us if the temperature starts getting too warm or if there is a power failure and I make sure I can get back quickly. If getting back quickly would not be possible for some reason, one of us stays with them.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:02 PM   #35
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Hi

..... have a flashlight right by the trailer door
Do not lock both locks on the trailer door ...

If a dog *really* needs to go out .... you want to let it out quickly. Cleaning up the trailer is a "not so fun" exercise.

Don't ask how I know all this

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How do you get your dog to stop barking at everything that walks by?

We just adopted a rescue puppy - 10 month old Pointer Mix. She barks at EVERYTHING that goes by the trailer - dogs, people, tumbleweeds. We have been trying everything to get her to stop and she just won't stop. She cries even more when we close up all the blinds so she can't see out. I'm at my wits end - how can I get her to stop barking?

She's also leash aggressive - which is making walking her every day loads of fun too.

I'm beginning to think maybe I'm not just a dog owner - or that trying to adopt a dog while living in the AS was a bad idea.
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We just adopted a rescue puppy - 10 month old Pointer Mix. She barks at EVERYTHING that goes by the trailer - dogs, people, tumbleweeds. We have been trying everything to get her to stop and she just won't stop. She cries even more when we close up all the blinds so she can't see out. I'm at my wits end - how can I get her to stop barking?

She's also leash aggressive - which is making walking her every day loads of fun too.

I'm beginning to think maybe I'm not just a dog owner - or that trying to adopt a dog while living in the AS was a bad idea.
I would try to find a good professional dog trainer to work with you and the dog to solve this set of issues. The dog is a bit immature and territorial, which is not unusual. It can be solved!
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:21 PM   #38
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I would try to find a good professional dog trainer to work with you and the dog to solve this set of issues. The dog is a bit immature and territorial, which is not unusual. It can be solved!
Yeah - we are trying that. None of her advice has been working yet. But we have two more sessions so we'll see what we can accomplish.
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ok, I'm prepared to get some negative feedback on this, but here goes--we have three small dogs who are trained on invisible fence. The options I've seen for "portable" invisible fences don't seem to work very well. Has anyone found options for containing dogs outside of the airstream? We would like to have them with us when we are just sitting outside but would rather not use tie out leashes. Yes, I wish I had invested in training them when they were young, but I didn't.
RV parks and campgrounds generally require dogs to be leashed when outside. I think the exception would be for a pen made out of portable fencing panels. But this would probably be feasible only with really well-behaved or small dogs.

This wouldn't be an option for our big guy, a 95-lb. Newfoundland-border collie mix. One playful spring towards a passing animal, and he'd be over or through it in a second.

RV parks generally require owners to be with their dogs at all times. Of course, people leave their dogs in the RV all the time, anyway. But I would really think about timing on this. Early mornings or evenings when it's cool in the summer, and not a good idea for dogs that will bark when you're away.

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One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is travel through the US-Canadian border. Both sides require you to have a rabies certificate, even though they seldom ask to see it. Just in case we unexpectedly would have to put the dog in a kennel or take him to the vet during our travels, we keep all of Toby's veterinary records, like his kennel cough record, in a manila envelope in our truck. We would seldom need them at home, anyway.

We've not had the chicken- or pork chop bone problem, but have been in too many public lands campsites with broken glass. When boondocking in the wilds, where the land managers ask boondockers to use already hardened sites, its a good idea to take along a shovel, extra heavy-duty garbage bags, and sturdy work gloves. It's disgusting, the number of times we've come across uncovered outdoor latrines with human waste. Then on BLM lands, we're apt to find cow patties. An off-leash dog might find these too attractive. Mud is one thing. A dog that rolls in icky stuff is something else.

Just wondering how many of you "sized" your AS to your dogs? We wanted to stay small with our AS for a variety of reasons, and bought our 19' Bambi prior to adopting our 4-year old, 95-lb love sponge from our local animal shelter. Normally he sleeps under the dinette table, but it is a challenge to have two commodious people plus the dog during the day time. A few do-si-do maneuvers come in handy.
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My Lily has become less of a barker over the years.

She mostly wants to bark at other dogs and people going by these days, but I give her a sharp “no” and “no bark”, sometimes placing my hand on her, then lots of “good girl” when she complies.

Someone approaching her house, tho, that’s just doing her job.

You have a puppy, might give tiny treats til she gets the hang of anything, then reduce them to mostly praise and just the occasional treat.

We took her to a basic obedience class at PetCo, too, which helped a lot.

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We just adopted a rescue puppy - 10 month old Pointer Mix. She barks at EVERYTHING that goes by the trailer - dogs, people, tumbleweeds. We have been trying everything to get her to stop and she just won't stop. She cries even more when we close up all the blinds so she can't see out. I'm at my wits end - how can I get her to stop barking?

She's also leash aggressive - which is making walking her every day loads of fun too.

I'm beginning to think maybe I'm not just a dog owner - or that trying to adopt a dog while living in the AS was a bad idea.
Michele, I'm no dog trainer, but one thing I've learned from two shelter dogs is just a lot of patience. Improvement is possible, but it is probably a job of months, with good days and trying days. (A dog trainer would probably have much faster results.)

Shelters generally won't give us the full story on why an animal didn't stay with its previous owner, out of confidentiality considerations. We did learn that our dog Toby was relinquished from his previous and second owner on account of barking. But apparently he was also left outside all day in a fenced yard in town on his own. Any working dog breed would be bored out of his skull with this kind of life. Your puppy probably will respond well to activities similar to the ones that her breed/s do instinctively.

Tons of exercise is good, prior to walking or leaving your dog. Have the dog run around, if possible, before you leave her, so that she's tired out. If she's expended her excess energy prior to walking on leash, she may be more sedate. Hopefully you've got a fenced yard or dog park at home. If you're full-timing, maybe there's an app for local dog parks! We've found that KOA often has small fenced dog parks; and the Good Sam RV park guide or RV park websites may be helpful.

Our dog isn't aggressive on the leash, so much as he just wants to make friends and have a good sniff. But he can pull me over when he lunges, so we really have to work on this. He's improving, but it is taking time.

Having been a rescue dog, your puppy may have understandable fears of neglect when you leave her.

We've tried different collars plus a harness, except the choke, prong, and electric collars, which are increasingly frowned on these days. We use a martingale collar now. Hopefully your dog trainer can advise you here, so that your puppy learns not to pull on the leash.

Good luck with your puppy.
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Great Thread on Traveling with Dogs

This thread has offered some great ideas and I've written down information for a pet medical box. We've been traveling with three dogs for several years and all the advice offered is good. We've decided that if our trip will involve a lot of time away from the Airstream, ie, for a Rally, we will get a pet sitter and leave them at home. If we are just going on a relaxing trip where the majority of time we will be close to the Airstream, we take them. Can't over emphasize importance of good exercise for the fur babies. Traveling with dogs during rainy weather is not fun and I can see why the one couple mentioned might give up the whole idea after weeks of rain. I really don't like going on a trip either if the forecast calls for a ton of rain or cold weather - more fun to stay home and make stew
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