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Old 07-15-2017, 06:27 AM   #1
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Traveling with our dog

Anthony rolled in with our new Scamp last night!!! Finally here, and so beautiful!
While we were inside, admiring with Sadie our very energetic Springer, we realized that she is probably strong enough to break the screen door if motivated (by a tempting squirrel or chipmunk ).
Has anyone found a "safety" for this? I am thinking a baby gate might not fit there.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:01 AM   #2
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how about a "D" ring and a short leash?
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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I screwed a piece of plexiglass From Lowe's to the bottom of the door.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:19 AM   #4
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Anthony rolled in with our new Scamp last night!!! Finally here, and so beautiful!
While we were inside, admiring with Sadie our very energetic Springer, we realized that she is probably strong enough to break the screen door if motivated (by a tempting squirrel or chipmunk ).
Has anyone found a "safety" for this? I am thinking a baby gate might not fit there.
Thanks guys,
Karen


I don't know the solution, but you are right to be concerned. Our 35 lb blue-tick hound mix went through the screen door to join us by the lake.
The door was easy to fix though. No damage to the screen. The clips that hold the screen to the frame had popped out and were easily clipped back in.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:00 AM   #5
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Yeah I had mine blocked on the inside so that my sheltie couldn't get out but didn't think about blocking it on the outside and he destroyed it one day trying to get into the camper. I think I do the plexiglass thing at the bottom when I get around to fixing it.
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I train mine to respond correctly to the word stay.

Some breeds are better at it than others.

The plexiglass looks like a good way to go if you need it.
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We have a tri-fold wooden "gate" that we use across the lower doorway for our two pugs. Don't know what it was originally but it was $1 at a yard sale and works fine. We stick one end behind the laundry hamper in the Putin and the other two sections fit across the door nicely. Traveling with two dogs is a hassle in some ways and fun in others. THEY love it, seems like. At least they never complain.


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There's a screen door grill available at most RV shops.
Screen Door Grille - Black - Direcsource Ltd 100722 - Screen Doors - Camping World

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Anthony rolled in with our new Scamp last night!!! Finally here, and so beautiful!
While we were inside, admiring with Sadie our very energetic Springer, we realized that she is probably strong enough to break the screen door if motivated (by a tempting squirrel or chipmunk ).
Has anyone found a "safety" for this? I am thinking a baby gate might not fit there.
Thanks guys,
Karen
We have a 6# long-coat chihuahua ("Q-Tip") and she's very reticent to go anywhere without one of us. She'll just stand at the door and cock her head from side to side until we come get her. #LuckyDog
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:05 PM   #11
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Thanks everybody. I found a small baby gate at Goodwill that just fits if I angle it slightly in the doorway. I love the plexiglass idea, but couldn't figure out how to make that work with the accordion screen door...yet!
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I am of the belief that spending a short while training a dog leads to a lifetime of not making compensations for not doing so. Our dog, Jasper, does not go through any doorway without permission. That works great for us.

I may need better training though, or at least better eyeglasses, as one time I told Jasper it was okay to go into the trailer. It was getting dark and up he jumped, only to nail the screen door which I never noticed was closed. He was a little tentative going in and out of the trailer for a while after that.
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My first instinct was also to talk about training... But then I reminded myself that we can only do so much. Dogs will be dogs, and I have friends with dogs who were either adopted with existing "issues", or just can't be completely contained due to inherent traits. I have a friend with a dog I'm really hesitant to even let in my camper...He spent a couple nights in there and luckily the weather was good.

This is a dog who, during a thunderstorm, pushed a large 70's-era chest freezer away from a window, forced the window open and jumped through the screen. He also did major damage to the inside of her car trying to get out. He's a great dog, but he's got issues

That kind of dog can absolutely destroy a camper.

Anyway. Yeah, training goes a long way, but for those with adult dogs who have some traits that just aren't going away, coming up with good ideas on how to travel with them is good.

I'm really lucky in that I have a border collie. They need a lot of interaction, but if they get it, all they want is to do what you ask them to do. I could leave the camper door open and go somewhere and he'd stay put. And a marinating steak left at a low level would still be there when I got back But enough bragging. Couldn't help myself.

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I am of the belief that spending a short while training a dog leads to a lifetime of not making compensations for not doing so. Our dog, Jasper, does not go through any doorway without permission. That works great for us.

I may need better training though, or at least better eyeglasses, as one time I told Jasper it was okay to go into the trailer. It was getting dark and up he jumped, only to nail the screen door which I never noticed was closed. He was a little tentative going in and out of the trailer for a while after that.
You might want to put some spray paint or thread on the door as he could be badly hurt. I have had that problem myself of walking into it. Even people often can't see it.
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