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Old 08-08-2013, 07:47 AM   #71
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Maybe I'm more forgiving because I also have dogs, but I can't recall ever hearing one non-stop barking or whining in or out of a camper. At home, yes, some people put the dog in the backyard (one of our neighbors leaves his outside in a crate) and it barks or whines. But when I've camped, not a problem. Rarely have we encountered a loose dog (though once or twice that has happened, short term, owner right behind it.) I've seen bigger problems with owners not picking up at home, too (both homes.)

I imagine, though, that there are differences in different areas, and different campgrounds. And it only takes one annoying dog to disturb the peace of the campground- even if 19 other dogs are being perfectly well-behaved.

As for the dogs barking and the owners being cited- that happened to my friend. A nasty neighbor (who didn't like anything and complained about everything) called the police to say her dogs were outside all night barking (they were never out at night.) However, it turned out the weekend that animal control came out and cited her for her dogs barking, she had the dogs with her in a city four hours away. The animal control guy couldn't tell WHOSE dogs were barking so just took the word of the nasty neighbor who said it was my friend's dogs. Citation removed. Actual owner of barking dogs- not located or cited.

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Old 08-08-2013, 08:26 AM   #72
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Maybe I don't like pink flamingoes in front of your're trashing up the campground.......ban 'em.

Yes I travel with my little Schipperke. It's part of why I bought a camper: so I can take her with me. When I leave to go to the showerhouse in the evening, I close the shades, and turn on something as a noisemaker in the camper ( TV turned low, vent fan, radio....something, anything ) and she stays quiet because she can't see or hear what is going on outside.
And yes, I know she is quiet, because I have come back and sat outside for a half hour relaxing in the chair, and she didn't know I was out there....not a sound out of her.

Here is a little suggested exercise for those who get uptight about their little world not being perfect at a given moment.....sit there and close your eyes for a second and think about the fighting men and women in our military over in harms way right now. Would you, would they, like to trade places for a hour or so ?

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #73
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We travel everywhere with our dog and that does mean going in to museums etc separately. We used to enjoy going to movies and nice restaurants and don't do that when travelling now. We wouldn't dream of leaving our dog alone in the trailer - I would worry about his safety, too many oddballs around!
I can't believe how many people don't follow the rules at campgrounds and how many think picking up dog poop doesn't apply to them - disgusting.
My goal is to have our campground neighbours not even know we have a dog unless they happen to see him. I also think retractable leashes should be banned!
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #74
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[QUOTE=steve dunham;409113]Many people seem to be under the delusion that "Their" children or pets are perfectly behaved and that"Other" people's children or pets are the source of the problem . What may seem like perfectly proper behavior in your mind may not coincide with my definition of proper behavior . People attribute human qualities to their pets but pets do not have the ability to think and react logically , they behave based on training and natural instincts . I seldom agree with Byron but he is correct . Your love of your pet does not automatically transfer to me . Your right to enjoy camping with your pet does not diminish my right to a safe, peaceful ,and enjoyable camping experience. My father often told me just because you want to do something and think it's okay does no make it the right thing to do.I should be able to walk down a park trail or road and not have to worry about stepping in poop or being knocked down or bitten

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:47 AM   #75
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Originally Posted by kootenaigirl View Post
I also think retractable leashes should be banned!
I completely agree. It is against the rules in many cases to walk with my dog at heel and completely under control but not on a lead , yet other people are allowed to have their dogs at the end of a 30 foot leash running around and getting into all kinds of trouble. Something seems amiss with this.

Just as we as individuals don't like to be judged on the actions of others, I feel the same should be applied to our dogs.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:00 AM   #76
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Off the track. The original poster was wondering how to deal with his dogs when traveling and sightseeing.

It's difficult to see a museum if you travel with a pet. The alternatives are few, mostly pet day care, costly in dollars and sometimes costly for the dog.

Generally I do not find leaving your pet, with or without air conditioning, in your rig an acceptable solution unless you have one of those silent dogs. No one wants a barking dog next door, not fair to your fellow camper, nor fair to the dog.

Virtually every camper can relate a negative dog story. The message about dogs is not to the responsible dog owner. Obviously the original poster is simply looking for a reasonable solution.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #77
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Dog lover here---not so much lovin the noisy drunks and golf carts! I'll say again----Four Paws Kingdom in Rutherfordton, NC. A beautiful campground dedicated to pets and their owners (no kids between 2-16). If I won the lottery, I would be establishing this type of camp all over the country!
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #78
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There really isn't an answer for the OP other than making an effort to set aside money to pay for boarding/sitting while on the road. I know in Tucson, you could not leave a dog in the car and Pima County had very strict rules concerning the length of the leash, etc. I am guessing it is not only that county or state. There is so much neglect/abuse now that the laws are necessary.

The way I look at it is, the dogs were my choice and my choice has some benefits but it also has some liabilities. You know the old balance, do the benefits outweigh the cost thing. Some days it seems like it and other days, not so much.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #79
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Thank you, Norm and Cathy, for trying to bring this thread back to the OP's question.

If anyone else has constructive suggestions, please can send them to Gleam B via PM. The public portion of this discussion really has run its course (about 5 screens ago). Thanks for playing!

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