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Old 10-09-2008, 12:41 AM   #1
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Pit Mix & RV Parks

Hey all,

I've got a fairly flexible job that allows me to work from a number of locations around the US. Rather than hotelling and finding pet sitters all the time, I'm considering spending a year (or more?) on the road, working wherever I feel like with the seasons. (NY, LA, SF, CHI, DC are my main locations)

Anyway, the main thing that worries me about this plan is my dog. He's an 8 year old pit/lab mix (pic attached) -- most of the RV parks I've researched, at least around Santa Monica and San Jose, seem to have breed or size restrictions that would make things difficult. (He's about 80 pounds and definitely has some pit features if you know what you're looking for)

So, basically, I'm trying to figure out if this is a showstopper or not. Are the odds decent that parks would be fairly lenient with this sort of thing, given that he's a mutt? Do they actually check? I hate to spend the money on a tow vehicle & trailer only to find that I can't actually park anywhere near where I'd be working.

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:55 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Airforums, D... It's a tough question in terms of providing a useful answer in helping to plan your travels...

We travel with 2 medium dogs (we had a larger 3rd one, too), and have found that most places, at least those we've been to—usually public parks—don't have breed restrictions...they are more concerned with barking and picking up after them than anything else. We have seen a few private RV parks with some restrictions based on breed and/or number and/or size (though I wouldn't worry about size too much...we were recently at a private park where there were 2 great danes, and nobody seemed to mind). Some will be flexible and a few will not, depending on their personal experience and what they perceive as their liability, etc...

Your best bet is to contact the parks you are interested in ahead of time and see what they say. It never hurts to ask. Most places are pretty friendly and if your dog isn't agressive, they don't care. They want your business, after all. If a park won't let you in, there are usually other options open in the area. (I don't think I'd enjoy staying in a park that was that uptight about dogs anyway. Not my kind of folks.)

Many RVers have animals with them...so parks usually accommodate them. We dog-lovers are in the majority!
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:21 AM   #3
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I agree with TB. We have a pit/lab mix, an English Setter and a 3 legged Chichuahua. They all three go with us. We have never had anyone say they could not be there and even though we don't have kids ourselves, they always seem to want to play with the dogs. Needless to say, our dogs get a little miffed if they don't get to go camping!

Anyway, go for it. Afterall, a mix breed is a mutt in disguise. Enjoy!
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:15 AM   #4
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We have two standard poodles and never had a problem.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:26 AM   #5
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I know several people that travel with and keep their large dogs with them. You may find issues with your dog's particular pedigree, as many parks won't allow "aggressive breeds", including, but not limited to, pits. It is usually an insurance carrier thing, as the insurance company for the park will cancel their liability policy if they allow these dogs in the parks. Best thing is to call ahead before getting a surprise.
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We normally travel with 2 large dogs as seen on the left. Smokie is a shepador (German Shepard / Lab mix) we think, but we tell the parks when registering that she is a lab mix. We have never had a problem.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #7
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Ah yes, the "Shepadors"

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We normally travel with 2 large dogs as seen on the left. Smokie is a shepador (German Shepard / Lab mix) we think, but we tell the parks when registering that she is a lab mix. We have never had a problem.
That's exactly what I do with my "shepador". I say she's a Lab mix.

Dre, you could say the same for yours. So you have a Lab mix. Pits are a Terrier breed, Staffordshire Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier. If they push to ask, "Lab mixed with what?", just say Terrier.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:43 AM   #8
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The only restriction that has ever excluded us from an RV Park was a size restriction. We travel with a 130# Dogue de Bordeaux (see avatar).

I's bet you'll be fine as long as your dog is clearly well behaved and under control (and you call him a lab mix).
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:51 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions! Glad to hear.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:50 AM   #10
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Thanks for the suggestions! Glad to hear.
Hi dre00; Many parks in Pa do not allow so called aggressive breed dogs. Many homeowner insurance company's will not insure you if you own a aggressive breed. What constitutes an aggressive breed? The answer is always THE MASTER. Disagree if you like but the truth is plain. If you get a puppy and chain him for life he will be aggressive. If you do not have an equal amount of time that it takes to raise a child' do not get a dog either. All dogs are what you make them. Often this categorizing of breeds is the most unjust sentence we make. I have had a 139 lbs working German Shepard. The only thing he did outside of my command is sneeze and other involuntary bodily functions. He knew precisely when it was play time and when it was time to work. He never left my sight voluntarily. Leash was something I carried without attaching it to him. Unfortunately he was killed at 15 years of age while working. I missed him for eight years and swore I will never train a dog to perform such work, and I did not ever again.

Eight years later I got a 15 lbs King Rottweiler puppy which was to become only my pal, not a working dog. Two years later he was a 173 lbs of most gentle and intelligent dog you could meet. My grandson and his friends wrestled him every weekend, used him as a pillow while watching television for hours. My petite wife had no problem walking him without the leash. That was Mom's guard dog. You could come within one yard of her but than you have heard very deep growl which would freeze you instantly. That was as close as you could get to her. We actually never found anyone brave enough to test his warning growl to see what he would do. In play he used to accommodate my head in his enormous mouth, never so much as scratching me. Standing on his hind legs while his front legs were on my shoulders he was over six feet tall. And YES, I did have a problem finding a insurance company who would insure my house. Unfortunately two years ago we have lost him to cancer. We miss him so much that we purchased a replica statue for our living room. Because of restrictions in parks we decided not to replace Rommel, because this would limit our traveling plans. We never placed any of our dogs with friends or kennels. Our dogs were part of the family. They slept on the floor in our bedroom, they went to work with us every day. It is a shame that for the few who do not deserve to have dogs, we simply categorize them as aggressive. Thanks "Boatdoc"
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So sorry to hear of your loses. Its really hard. dre00 I think it kinda depends on the dog. Like boatDoc says its the MASTER as much or more that the dog. We have pits in the nieghborhood, if ya get hurt U must have fell down,Cause these dogs wont kill thier own fleas.
We travel with 3 mini-Schnausers, the dogs are not a problem,the numbers are, most parks put a limit on number,usually 2 . Its difficult for us because u know Schnauzers are barkers. 1 dog is SPECIAL NEEDS so we never count her. She is Blind and Diebetic.She loves everyone. We have not run into a problem this yr. Just when and if they ask, make it LAB MIX/I don't/ know and I think U will be fine.
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If asked, leave the Pit out and just say he's a Lab mix. If anyone gets nosy tell them he has Boxer in him. As long as the dog is well behaved, it's none of their business.
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By the way, you forgot the picture. We must have a picture!
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Just say a mixed breed dog and always keep on a good quality leash. Important is the dog is quiet and well behaved.
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