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Old 03-18-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Question What's a Dog to Do???

We are just beginning our AS experiences. As we read some of the forums and guides, many people travel with their pets but I haven't seen discussions about how everyone deals with those times that the pets cannot accompany you.
I'm looking for any experiences with managing pets when visiting areas of interest such as historic or geographical sites that may take all day to see.
Many campgrounds allow pets but note that they cannot be left unattended. I assume that means in your AS while you are gone and I can understand that especially with barking, etc. Is this generally enforced?
We can certainly leave (weather permitting) the dog in the running SUV for a couple of hours (although sometimes people complain and in some states a diesel cannot idle more than 5 minutes) but for the whole day, I can only think of using a local kennel.
Please share your comments, successes and any resources that we should search for while planning a trip.
Thanks and happy travels.

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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Great topic, I have one question - How big of an animal are you talking about? It really does not matter but just for information.

We have traveled with both our "house dog" Daisy who is no problem at all at <10lbs and our "pack" of labs (2) who are >70lbs each. Daisy does well in the trailer with the AC on but only for quick trips to the store. We have a talk with the campground personnel and make sure they know an animal is in the trailer. The boys have stayed in a kennel at a local vet before while we were out touring and the cost was next to nothing - something like $20 for both for 9 hours which included food and water. When we camp with the big boys the trip is planned to stay at the campground with them. If not then we leave them at home where they are more comfortable and cared for by a neighbor.

We have left Daisy in the truck in the winter with plenty of blankets to wrap up in but the outside temps never were below freezing and the windows were open about a quarter inch. She was fine.

There are alot of feelings about the way dogs and other animals are kept while camping. I have fed animals in campgrounds that were chained up all day without food and filled more than a few dumped over water bowls. There should be stricter enforcement of animal rights laws.

BTW - if you go to Disney - they have the best kennels I have ever seen and the cost is next to nothing.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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We camp with our pair of Jack Russells and the BIGGEST problem I see is OTHER people who let their untrained dogs run on to US.

Our deaf Jack, Dephne, has NO patience for that at all and she THINKS she is a Rottie. More than one little terrier has gotten hurt due to grandiose dreams.

I kennel our elderly Rat terrier at the vet's, but I have left the girls in the truck as well as the trailer when we go inside somewhere. It's really best to let someone know you have critters inside.. as you do.
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Good question. I was just wondering what we would do with our lab that doesn't bark but likes to talk allot. I am not sure I would feel comfortable having him with us even if we stayed at the camper the whole time. I am interested to see what others do.
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We've always had good luck with the dogs when camping. When we are on the road, we will stop at a rest stop to eat or at a fast food chain where I'll do a carry out. We do leave them in the trailer when visiting the local area. In most cases we will close up the trailer and run the AC so they can't hear what's going on outside. Obviously we have the fantastic fans set so if there would be a power failure the fans will run off the batteries to keep things tolerable. In all our years of camping and taking dogs, I've not had an issue where we lost power where their health or safety could be of a concern.

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Hi Ken. We travel with two dogs everywhere but have to manage choices for what we do. I've shut the trailer up and turned on the A/C to cover any possible noise from the dogs. I've read posts about scrooge private campgrounds that might pull the breaker at the pillar when campers leave with the A/C running -- but there was a plain announcement about this at check-in -- never had that problem in a state park. Some nat'l parks don't allow dogs on trails; eg, Zion. Otherwise I'm lucky that a lot of our north country campsites are shaded, temps might be moderate, and I can shut the dogs inside with the windows shut. I turn up the cushions and block off seats so they can't get up to the windows to bark. Sometimes these measures just won't work and we'll modify our activities accordingly.
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clancy_boy .... Our dog is 60 lb black lab who is not a barker unless someone approaches the front door and/or rings the bell. I'm sure they will not open the door when they hear the "big dog bark"!
Thanks for the feedback

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This topic has been a problem for us while camping since we started. We don't have AC, but temps tend to be mild around here. We will leave the dog in the trailer for short trips, and I'm confident she won't bark and annoy anyone. Sometimes we'd take them with us and leave them in the van if it was visible from where we were going (otherwise I worry about her the whole time). I've never tried a kennel but I have heard there are some very good ones, and I think that would be a thing to try someday. But mostly we leave them home safe with a petsitter if we know we're going to be doing a lot of things the dogs can't accompany us to.
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clancy_boy .... Our dog is 60 lb black lab who is not a barker unless someone approaches the front door and/or rings the bell. I'm sure they will not open the door when they hear the "big dog bark"!
Thanks for the feedback

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Clancy Boy IS my labs name - that should tell you how much I think of him. He is 12 now and very difficult to travel with - THINK GRUMPY OLD MAN. Along with Boudreaux, our lab mix - it has been 12 great years. I'm afraid that if you came to our front door and we were not there that Clancy would open the door and invite you in. He is way to friendly.

I once told a vet aid early on when we traveled not to let him see you operate the chain link gate latch as he would "learn" to open it. Well, that weekend he opened the gate and he and Boudreaux spent the night on the much more comfortable waiting room couch and helped themselves to the treat bowl. Labs - gotta love'em.
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Don't know if we'll be able to take it

We went to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Monument Valley. Our dogs weren't welcome in any of them on the trails. We did leave them for a bit in the camper - even though the rules said not to... they don't bark so no one probably knew.
We're going to Yellowstone this summer and will leave the dogs at home. Our dogs have always gone with us. (Two dogs are worth a gun in any fight). We have a Great Dane and two Aussies. If we find traveling without the dogs isn't for us, we'll customize our trips to include the dogs in future
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It's a problem for me

Layla, our Pomeranian, tore up my curtain trying to look out the window.
So, sometimes I leave her in the van when the sun is down. But if one of her
human friends is around, she prefers to hang with them.
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We have always camped with our dogs. That is one of the joys of camping for us. I always get a bead on nearby vets and kennels before we leave for our trip and print out the information to keep in the car with us, should we need it. A copy of their immunizations is always in the trailer. We are fortunate. They do not bark when in the trailer. We have tested this time and time again and the first thing we hear is a woofle when the key gets inserted in the door. I have sat for hours knitting or reading or fishing near our trailer, but not in our site and have not heard a word, even when other dogs walk by, or kids on bikes, which are things that they usually like to 'tell' us about! All that being said, we do plan trips around the dogs and rarely leave them for a whole day and the few times that we have, we are sure nto to do that more than once in a week, perhaps twice if pushed. We don't leave them in extreme heat, lest the power cut out for some reason.

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... I haven't seen discussions about how everyone deals with those times that the pets cannot accompany you.
hi millcreek'...

don't chase your tail,

here's 2 threads for u and the pooch...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ets-24608.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ogs-34831.html

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more relevant dog tales...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...arm-13308.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ase-12630.html

lets not forget the cats...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ife-15555.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...tis-19778.html

or children and critters...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ids-21995.html

there are even threads on travel with fish, and birds and bunnies!

there is nothing funny OR unusual about rabbits in rvs, but fish and birds...

cheers
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