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TakingThe Dog And Trying To Sightsee
Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:24 PM
Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:41 AM
1989 33' Southwind (Gas 454 Chevy)
"Life is just a collection of memories
and memories are like starlight, they go on forever"
Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:18 PM
We don't travel with dogs but have observed others who do. We do know people who leave their dogs in their motor home while they are gone for shopping trips or out for dinner. Whose rule is it that you can't leave the dog in the motor home? If you leave the air conditioner on in summer or the heat on in cool weather, I wouldn't think there would be a problem. I know that it is definitely prohibited in most parks to leave a dog tied up or caged outside the motor home when you are not with the dog. We had friends who left their husky mix in their motor home when they were gone for short day trips. We mentioned to them one time how cute it was that their dog would sleep on the dash while they were gone. They didn't realize that was what he was doing. He was just keeping a look-out for their return. We never heard him bark. If you do leave the dog in the motor home, you may want to leave it in a cage rather than free roaming. That would take care of the problem of barking at passing people or dogs.
Another alternative is to find someone to dog-sit. If you have a neighbor who would be willing to take care of your dog for a day, you could get away for some sightseeing, shopping or dinner. We have friends with a Bichon Frieze who have no problem at all finding someone to take care of Maggy for a day. If your dog is cute and easy to care for, this might work for you. We've been in parks where the owners children wash rigs, perhaps the owners children might be willing to care for a small dog during a day. Of course you could also inquire about a local kennel where you might drop off your dog for a period of time and then pick it up later in the day or the next day. We've been to two national parks, Carlsbad Caverns and Zion had air conditioned kennels to leave the dog (for a fee) while you tour. I'm sure that there are others.
Tom and Louise Butler
2004 Monaco Windsor, Cummins 400 ISL
Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar, Brakemaster, GMC Acadia, BikeE Recumbent Bicycles
After 9 1/2 years full time in our motor home and being Winter Texans we are now living at Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas. Now we are Summer Chickens!
"The tipi is much better to live in; always clean and warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to move... If the Great Spirit wanted men to live in one place he would have made the world stand still." -- Flying Hawk, South Dakota Oglala Sioux
Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:51 PM
We also have a Husky mix. She is sweet, and she almost minds. She is not a barker. Some children were playing badminton in front of the MH on our last trip out. We were walking Miya and the grandfather started up a conversation with us. On our dash are 4 stuffed animals, and a space between them near the passenger seat. Miya will put her front paws up on the dash, but she doesn't get all the way up. The children told their grandfather that there was a big stuffed dog in the window of our motorhome. He told them that it wasn't stuffed, and he had to go back with the children to our motorhome and show them that she did in fact move. She didn't bark. Others have commented that when they walk by with their dogs she just watches them out the window. It's how we trained her. "No speak!" When in the MH. She loves people. We are still trying to get her to not jump up when one approaches, but she is just being friendly. However, when she is on the leash she doesn't like other dogs to come around us. That all happened when a Chiawawa (sp) that was not tethered came out and attack her. I had all I could do to hold her back from a meal. Ever since the - I tell people she does not like other animals. I can put her in a fenced in dog park and she'll play all day with other "big" animals.
We limit our day trips to six hours, although a dog really can go longer without a trip outside, and not soiling anything inside.
She's my baby.
Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:00 PM
We built up to leaving them alone slowly. All the dogs in the bedroom, door shut, the 2 little ones in their crates, and the blinds closed so the rottie doesn't get all crazy about being protective if someone walks by without us home. We started with just 15-20 minutes (we'd go for a walk) and extended to a meal out, and then a movie, and we've worked up to about 4 hours but we have to do it regularly or they forget to stay quiet and we start over. It's working. After being used to doing things with the dogs all the time, we have to remember to stay on top of getting out and keeping them used to being alone! This was actually our biggest challenge since as fulltimers, we are with them 24-7.
Some places have dogsitters available but it seems rare. We don't do things like all day rafting trips because of the dogs - we'd have to have someone watch them and we do hire a sitter once in a while when we know folks where we are.
It takes planning and forethought and in our case, some training too.
BabyDoll, Mangas & Beans
2008 Honda CRV
Full Time, all the time
"The body achieves what the mind believes"
Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:59 PM
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:38 PM
Some dogs are suited for travel, and some are not. I don't think it matters on size in this case, nor breed. A dog's temperament is established when it is young. Also, what it "thinks" it can get away with. In a previous post it was stated that they took a little time and trained their dogs to be alone. I really believe that a dog can be trained to behave in a specific way. It may take some doing, but it is attainable. Our 70 pound Husky loves to travel. She has the run of the MH when we are on the road, except we keep the bedroom closed off for AC reasons. However, she is right there between our seats, or just a little to the back side of them. Anytime the turn signal comes on she is paws on the dash looking out the window. I can also entice her with the words "Cows, Horsy, Puppies," and she will immediately put front paws on the dash. She has been taught not to get up-on the dash, just her front paws. She has also been trained to not get up on the sofa, however, we do realize she is a dog, so on occasion when we are to be gone 5 or 6 hours, we put a pillow or two on the sofa and she stays off. As I stated earlier, she will put her paws on the dash and watch other passerby people, with dogs, and not bark. So I really believe it comes down to training and temperament development. Training can take place at any age, but it may take a little longer. When traveling there have been times when she will come look at us and then walk to the entrance door. A definite sign that she wants go potty. We will find a spot, and it may not be right then, and she will wait until we stop.
She is a good traveler.
When we visited Mt Rainer, she was in her element:
And she get's comfortable in the car traveling. Has her own "paw" rest.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:46 PM
W simply these couple of considerations, we can all have a wonderful time RVing, AND, your pooches will be happy 'n healthy too:-)
Clovis 'n Ann
2005 American Eagle 42R
Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:10 PM
Yes, I agree that pets should be taken to the outlying area's to do there "duty." We always take her to the dog walk area. However, having said that, there are time when she uses the doggy area, but all of a sudden when we are walking it is necessary for her to answer the call again. That happens infrequently, but it has happened. I will guarantee that it is cleaned up immediately, well, except for #1, but #2 is most definitely cleaned up at all times.
It is unfortunate that not all of the other pet owners do the same, and that is upsetting.
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