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Old 01-29-2006, 12:19 PM   #15
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Doug: How do you power your electric fence when you're boondocking? Also, how do you deal with campgrounds (as in almost all state and national parks and forests) where they require dogs to be on leash at all times? Finally, how do you keep from frightening passersby who don't realize your "viciously barking" dog is 'wired'?
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Old 01-29-2006, 11:34 PM   #16
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We use a dog trolley whenever we leave our 45 kg (100 lb) mutt outside in front of the house (the fenced run is in back), and it generally works fine. This is a permanent installation; I have not tried a setup temporarily hooked on to trees at a campsite.

My only reservation with the trolley system is that we have to be careful what is in range, since the dog gets the drop cable or chain (the part which comes down from the overhead cable) wrapped around stuff, which can be deadly for car mirrors. I finally put a cable clamp on the cable far enough from the tree that holds up the end of the overhead cable to stop the traveling pulley (trolley) and keep him from getting wrapped around that tree.

We also tried an radio (invisible) fence (again at home) with a previous dog, with little success; however, nearby neighbors have had great sucess with theirs. It really depends on the dog, as some will just take the shock as an irritation on their way to where ever they're going - the shock ends when they leave the vicinity of the fence wire, whether they are inside or outside of the boundary. Even the neighbor for whom it worked well had a break in the wire, didn't notice (or bother to fix it) for some time, and when the dog learned that the fence was down it started wandering again - right into our yard to kill one of our ducks. Even a dead battery in the collar-mounted receiver is an open door for the dog, without the owner's knowledge.

I would also be cautious about using a radio fence as a temporary setup - ours came with a set of white flags (like the ones used to mark buried utilities when you "call before you dig") to show the dog where the line is so they can learn the boundaries. After the boundaries are learned, the flags are not longer needed. Re-learning at each site would work better for some dogs than others; my guess is that Doug's German Shepherd is a quick study.

My radio fence has an AC power supply, but it takes little power, since it's just a very low-powered radio transmitter with a long antenna (the "fence") and a battery-powered receiver on the dog's collar.

I am generally not afraid of dogs, but would be cautious about any agressively behaving animal that was not positively restrained, even if I knew it had a radio collar system.
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:03 AM   #17
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Brian: We've used the dog trolley just about everywhere across the continent. As you say, we make sure the ground is clear of obstructions, and I tie a stop into the line if necessary to prevent tangles. We just use a nylon trolley rope between trees, and a small carabiner to attach the dog's lead. Only nuisance is that nylon stretches, so we have to tighten the trolley line every so often - I might switch to a non-stretching poly rope this year.

On the very few campsites which lack trees, we anchor Kerry with a large steel corkscrew and a 10-foot cable.

The main thing about traveling with dogs (and ours is a very energetic hunting breed) is to make sure they get plenty of exercise outside of the campsite, with walks, ball chases and water retrieves; good workouts afield helps them quiet down in the campground. Even on traveling days, we stop along the way to have fun with the dog. Here's Kerry in Oregon last summer - if you click on the photo and look very closely straight up from her head, you can see the ball in the air.

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Old 01-31-2006, 09:46 PM   #18
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Well, we don't usually "do" boon docking but we do have a power source that will easily handle the load of the Invisible Fence. The On Leash policy?? Well even if your pet is CAGED, its still not "on leash", but to better answer your poser, we haven't had a problem with this issue in the past and we've had the dog on this system for 10 years now.
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:48 PM   #19
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It really scares lookie lou's who venture near our place to see this rather large viciously barking shephard running toward them and the STOP on a dime right at the property line
Sorry, Doug, but I don't find a "large viciously barking" dog with no visible restraint amusing, anywhere -- and especially in an RV campground. We don't go to RV parks to be scared. Leashes don't just restrain dogs - they also reassure people walking past the campsite.
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Old 02-01-2006, 03:12 PM   #20
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Sorry, Doug, but I don't find a "large viciously barking" dog with no visible restraint amusing, anywhere -- and especially in an RV campground. We don't go to RV parks to be scared. Leashes don't just restrain dogs - they also reassure people walking past the campsite.
Jack you made your point. Folks that do not have their dogs and children on leashes that should, might get more than they bargan for walking into Doug's camp site or the would be thief.

I for one find it just as anoying to be walking to the shower in the campground road and have to endue the yap, yap of small yapping dogs in "kiddie yards" at camp sites on the way. These are just as dangerous(actually more) because these "kiddie yards" do not have tops and a previous post in this thread, states hers jumps the fence and follows her. These poochs are not restrained and I have been been bitten more by small yapping dogs on my heals than I want to remember. They really "junk-up" a camp site with all these pens and smell until the poop is picked up. My 2 cents worth.
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Old 02-01-2006, 03:28 PM   #21
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Okay everyone, this topic was started because someone was looking for some help.

Let's stay on topic
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Old 02-01-2006, 03:31 PM   #22
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Dont blame the dogs.. blame the irresponsible owners!! I for one have 2 dogs that go camping with me... Both are inclosed in a xpen yard and have access to the trailer anytime they want.. They for one are 'trained' not to bark at other dogs or people. I for one take my dogs out on leashes for their walks, pick up after them, and do not allow them at any time to be off lead. I have had numerious other dogs come charging at us even tho they are tied up in camp and some the owners dont bother to put a lead on them in their camp site. I would and will complain about any dogs that are off lead and not obeying the rules.. I have also written to our state parks complaing of all the 'dog dirt' that is left behind on the trails, and by the side of the road. Last time I informed the rangers that the doodie bags were out in the doggie area, and they never did replace them. I take doodie bags with me, then despose of them in the dumpsters. So again its the 'owners' that allow the dogs to bark and lunge at people.... The will say ' no no' and not even correct the dog, knowing full well they behave in such a manner...
The majority of the dog owners are very responsible and its the few that make it unpleasaent for others in campground...
A well trained dog is a happy, obedient dog....
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Dont blame the dogs.. blame the irresponsible owners!! I for one have 2 dogs that go camping with me... Both are inclosed in a xpen yard and have access to the trailer anytime they want.. They for one are 'trained' not to bark at other dogs or people. I for one take my dogs out on leashes for their walks, pick up after them, and do not allow them at any time to be off lead. I have had numerious other dogs come charging at us even tho they are tied up in camp and some the owners dont bother to put a lead on them in their camp site. I would and will complain about any dogs that are off lead and not obeying the rules.. I have also written to our state parks complaing of all the 'dog dirt' that is left behind on the trails, and by the side of the road. Last time I informed the rangers that the doodie bags were out in the doggie area, and they never did replace them. I take doodie bags with me, then despose of them in the dumpsters. So again its the 'owners' that allow the dogs to bark and lunge at people.... The will say ' no no' and not even correct the dog, knowing full well they behave in such a manner...
The majority of the dog owners are very responsible and its the few that make it unpleasaent for others in campground...
A well trained dog is a happy, obedient dog....
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I agree with you that it is the owners and I do not blame the dogs. I am sorry if it sounded that way. I love all animals. I carried my Irish setter with me camping for many years until he went to doggie heaven. The park rangers always asked where Flash was and he would come to the cab of the motor home to say hi to them. I guess by that you could tell he was a good boy and was always welcome.
I take my kitties with me now because as I am "older then dirt". I find they are the easy ones to travel with. (Fash is no longer with me). I do have them trained to walk on leashes in their cat jackets, I have a stroller made with a netted cabin to contain them, and I use the EZ Up tent thing to let them play outside. I too am responsible but get punished because others have let their cats roam. This has become a problem with the park wildlife and so even leave their cats behind to go feral. Cats are not welcome in a lot of parks. I guess you could identify with me on the yap yap issue as your babies are well behaved. Sorry Donna D. , I will hush now.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:56 PM   #24
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Hi Gang......It's me again........ Once again every one has been so very helpful.........as I knew you would be..........I have learned so very much from this group. In years past we have camped with our girls and use xpens for them( worked great & was bigger than play pens) Our girls take thier dogs all the time & use xpens and/or Tie out stakes and even crate them.They have always been well behaved,both girls & dogs (of course they all have show dogs) Pebbles will the first for me & hubby to take alone( she is his dog 99% of the time, sleeps under the covers by his feet all year) she is not big on being outside unless she is on a leash or in a lap.

I still have Not found the picture of the set up I was looking for .........must have been before the hack. Now please don't laugh..........but I was looking for it for my baby grandson.They travel a lot with a kiddy xpen & play pen both. The set up I was & still am looking for was hand made by someone that has small dogs( yorkie's I think ) was PVC pipe and UV screen wire,and they had posted pic of it and how it was made ,because it comes apart and rolls up for storage. When rolled up it takes very little space. When I told my daughter about it she wanted to build one for her DS( he is 8 months old) to take on trips with them.

I am stll looking for it and know I will one day find it again. If anyone has any suggestions about where I might find it ....well Thanks again in advance for the help. Keep up the good work and I hope someday to see you ALL out camping. Thanks to my good friends,Lynn
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