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Old 08-10-2004, 03:52 PM   #29
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Good idea, Linda. Preparing them for a situation is always the best way to handle it. Otherwise how will they know what to do?

On our recent long trip we did end up next to someone who left their dogs in an outdoor pen, barking incessantly, even when they were near. When they left them alone it was even worse. I felt sorry for the dogs, they were obviously nervous, pacing around non-stop. It drove me crazy. Finally someone from the park came and spoke to them and they put them inside.

Most of the parks we stayed at did have a rule that you couldn't leave your pets unattended, but obviously it's only as good as the enforcement that goes with it.
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Thanks Stef:
I'd feel pretty mortified if I found that my dog, our music, or whatever was aggravating someone else. I continue working on behaviors of my varmints for my own self-assurance and peace of mind. Beside the misery put upon other campers, I can only imagine what kind of havoc a loney dog could do to the interior of a trailer!
Kind of like me when my hubby leaves me to go surfing or fishing all day! JOKE! Just kidding of course!
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I take Kitty's crate, which she loves. Safe and secure. She gets right when I tell her I have to go out. Leave on a little classical music and she naps away...
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I think it is rather rude of you to refer to others as "Jerks", and "thick headed". Doesn't the Bible say "Thou shalt not judge others".
I have 2 dogs, a Parson's Jack Russel Terrier, and a Carin Terrier. Both dogs are very energetic and playful. The jack is about 2 and the carin is 1, they love to play, and would rather play inside. They come out to use the bathroom, and then are ready to go back in. They bark when they feel that someone, or something is too close to the coach. I like that. Most often we camp in the most secluded spots, not because of the dogs, but to stay away from crabby people out to ruin my vacation.

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They bark when they feel that someone, or something is too close to the coach. I like that. Most often we camp in the most secluded spots, not because of the dogs, but to stay away from crabby people out to ruin my vacation.
So what then do you think makes campers "crabby"? You have a lot of nerve thinking quiet loving people can ruin YOUR vacation. ...unbelievable!
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They bark when they feel that someone, or something is too close to the coach. I like that.
So, how close is too close? When you choose a camp spot, you should then test it: Have a stranger walk past your spot, like say on the way to the rest rooms. If your dogs bark, then YOU'RE too close ... MOVE TO A MORE REMOTE SPOT!. Don't forget, dogs have the mental capacity of a two year old human. Plus they're inherently paranoid...Not a good combination. (I'm a dog owner).
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First I want to clarify that when I said that my dogs bark when someone gets too close to my caoch, I meant close. Like 5-7 feet. If someone is that close then I'm glad they bark. Second, when I stated that when I camp I find a secluded spot, I meant a secluded spot. When I camp I like to be away from others, not cramped together. My idea of camping, RVing, etc.. is to be "in nature". If I want to be jammed up against my neighbors I might as well stay home and camp in the driveway. I belong to a resort chain (Outdoor World) and like to visit the resorts that have places where the sites are farther than 15 feet apart, or even a nice State Park.
My dogs are part of my family, if they are not welcome then I'm not coming. They are for the most part well behaved and quiet, but every once in a while they may bark. Once we were taking a nap after doing a little fishing and the dogs started barking. After I told them to hush I figured out what they were barking about and fixed the problem. A squirrel was running around on the roof and awning of our Winnebago.
My dogs have never ruined anyones vacation. If they were that obnoxious they would be ruining my relaxation and my vacation. Do you think that any dog owner likes to listen to any dog, wether it be theirs on anyone elses dog, bark all the time? The answer is obviously no. I never insinuated that barking dogs are OK with me, it's quite the opposite. I totally agree with you and the others about that. I just didn't agree with the way that it was being phrased.
"Crabby" people are the ones that give you dirty looks in the middle of the day for having a good time horsing around with friends, splashing a little with each other at the pool, having fun while throwing some horseshoes, etc... I don't speak from experience in these situations because nobody has ever complained about me while camping. I have had friends camping with me that have 4 kids. It's amazing how little tolerance some people have. So the kids are a little noisy in the day time, they get quiet at night. One "crabby person" actually yelled at my friends child for riding his bicycle too fast, and not abiding the helmet law. The kid is over the age of the helmet law, and was riding his bike along side of us while taking a walk. That's "crabby".
We go caming every other week-end, and have never had a complaint from anyone. Quite the opposite. Most every time we have someone stop by the site to pet the dogs, and to tell us how cute and well behaved they are. The "rangers" at ODW actually give them treats when we check in and out. Sometimes they stop by just to give them treats at the site.
Believe me that my motives were not to upset anyone. I mean no ill will at all. I am the site manager of a classic Winnebago web group and have to deal with misunderstandings between members all the time, it's not fun. I'm sorry for any misunderstanding.

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