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Mickey1

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best dogs for RV
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:34:12 PM »
I'm sure this has been talked about a thousand times. however the reason for asking is I'm sure there are restrictions in the RV world to a point also. just kind of wondering what type of dogs are for the most part allowed din both RV parks and also state parks etc..  also what size dogs seem to hold up better. I drove o.t.r with a German Shepard and she was Awesome how ever I had issues with where I could take her sometimes but this was in the trucking world at shippers or receivers and I know I didn't have the space for her . I eventually gave her to the friend of my niece and she now has 7 Acers of land and could not be happier. but I don't want to have to give my child up again.

so are small or medium sized dogs more excepted in parks etc...

any breeds that are not dust mops with out handles?
any that don't shed as bad? or how do you control it in a RV?
any other advice you can give that would help will be nice.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 10:00:12 PM »
Were on our third Lab/Lab mix.  Two of then are were avid campers.  The only issue we had with our current one was a weight restriction where we stayed last winter.  I think generally small dogs are more yippy and tend to attack larger dogs.  Whereas large breeds like Labs are more laid back, and just happy to have people say hi to them

Mickey1

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014, 10:05:11 PM »
I agree on the yippy dogs. this is a concern of mine. I suffer from migraine headaches so that's the last thing I need if I'm having one of them. 

how do you deal with the sheading issues with the lab?

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 10:56:58 PM »
Try a Westie, Scotty or Cairn terrier.  Shedding is typically minimal.  I've had 2 Westies and they were never yippy.  Bark to warn us, yes, but not yippy.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 12:15:31 AM »
barking for a reason I can deal with. actually would praise for this. but barking cause someone walked a mile away im not happy about.
I will look in to them thank you for the replies. and recommendations

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 07:53:07 AM »
We have a miniature schnauzer and he doesn't bark at all. The only time he'll bark is when someone comes in our house. We trained him starting as a puppy not to bark. He's a great dog for camping. Last winter camping in FL for the winter, campers next to us actually asked us if he could bark.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 08:36:20 AM »
We have a Chihuahua and he is not a yappy boy.  He will bark, someone coming to the door, or UPS truck.  But great traveling dog.  Dogs will condition, there are training aids to help. 

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 08:49:42 AM »
Barking is very trainable. If you get a muzzle and put it on every time he barks you will find he stops barking quickly. If it works for our papillon,  and it did, it will work for any breed!

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 10:06:44 AM »
Very easy to start your research on the internet with "best rv dogs," "rv dogs," etc. Should be a better source of information.

Dogs has characters and that is who they are. Their characters/tendencies are enhanced in certain breeds because those traits were selected to develop that breed. Rescue mutts are unknowns and are often given up because they were not suitable for the environment they were adopted into.

Rescue experiments can be difficult for all concerned.

If you chose a herding dog that barks loudly, it is unreasonable to train their bark out of them. Why have them in the first place if you have to muzzle them or have their bark surgically reduced?

Why not, like an rv, try to chose a dog, upfront, that is appropriate to the situation you will put them and yourselves into. Similarly, chose an rv appropriate to having a dog or dogs.

Easy to look up "best dogs for rvs," best dogs for traveling seniors, etc. on the internet.



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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2014, 10:10:30 AM »
Her is one list of best traveling dogs for seniors: http://www.pettravel.com/news_traveldogs_babyboomers.cfm

Miniature or toy poodle, Chihuahua, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier. Look at that site reference for the details for each breed.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2014, 10:11:53 AM »
Try a Pooshone, you can train them to park the RV

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2014, 10:15:45 AM »
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He will bark, someone coming to the door, or UPS truck.

My old dog goes nuts if the UPS truck just tries driving by within a block. He ignores the FedEx truck. He must know the UPS truck driver is an ax murderer.

One of the things Ive noticed in looking at campgrounds is that a lot of them have (unfair) breed restrictions on Pit Bulls and Rotties. :(  :'( The plus is that not so many prohibit German Shepherds or Dobermans anymore.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2014, 10:18:18 AM »
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Her is one list of best traveling dogs for seniors: http://www.pettravel.com/news_traveldogs_babyboomers.cfm

Miniature or toy poodle, Chihuahua, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier. Look at that site reference for the details for each breed.

Those are all imitation dogs, don't they have any real dogs on that list?
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Mickey1

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2014, 01:26:35 PM »
the reason I asked this is because I have always had rotties and dobbies and shepherds they were all bigger dogs also have had a few wolf breads in the family over the years. the wolves as much as they are great animals, they also tend to get to a point where they want to run with the pack. and being in a camp ground might be more torcher for them because of this.  Rotts are the best animal I have ever owned. people need to get past their "horror film reality"  realize they are not as mean as they think. it is the person that has trained them to be that way. I have been bit more by my moms palm then I have by any of my dogs even as a untrained pup.

however I also know that fear is out there, and people tend to enjoy their phobias!

 I also don't want a animal that will suffer from limited space. so I'm looking now before I get everything together so I don't make a mistake with a animal and I have to give her/him up .  Plans are to find a breed I like and then find a puppy whit in the breed. I have tried the used dog thing in the past and just have never had good luck with them, they tend to have more bad habits then good to train out of them and I don't always have the time to work them out. this might change after I get to know more about what I'm doing with the Full time thing but until then think a pup. will be the better choice.

any and all input is welcome

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2014, 01:27:44 PM »
any good suggestions for dog dishes and bowls for water? in the truck I used a over sized bowl, but have seen some with a lip on them are the better do they work?

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2014, 02:00:21 PM »
Try a Pooshone, you can train them to park the RV

It's spelled poochon.   ;)
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2014, 02:12:23 PM »
any good suggestions for dog dishes and bowls for water? in the truck I used a over sized bowl, but have seen some with a lip on them are the better do they work?

Go to salvation army store and buy a couple SS mixing bowls.  Last for ever, cheap, and way more durable than the cheap crud you buy from pet stores.  We have probably 10 of them at last count.  One each in the car, truck,  two at home and probably 4 in the trailer. 

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2014, 04:19:08 PM »
Some campgrounds will not allow certain breeds of dogs.  In addition our insurance clearly states certain breeds will not be covered.  Their first question is do we own dogs and the second is what breeds.  It might be a good idea to check these things before making your decision, particularly because of the dogs you say you've previously owned which most likely will be on these prohibited lists.  Whether you agree with the lists or not, you're in a position to avoid problems now instead of after finding another furry child to love.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2014, 04:32:52 PM »
German Shepherds.  Trainable, protective, great with other dogs, love to travel.  Ours is a purebred GSD, 8 years old, has been in a few battles, but only when she was attacked and never hurt her attackers.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2014, 05:13:43 PM »
By the way, I think it is a nice sentiment, but mistaken to ask people to get over their fears of dogs that are known to be a problem breed like pits and rotts. Certainly there are good pits and rotts, particularly if they are well-trained, but that is not generally true. Just try to get insurance on a dwelling when you state you have a pit bull, for example. Just have a problem in an rv park and think about standing in front of a judge telling "Judge Judy" how sweet your dog is. The presumption goes against you.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2014, 05:23:57 PM »
The best rv dog will have the following characteristics:
1) Will serenade your fellow rvers with their barking at inconvenient times.
2) A big male dog who will pee all over and around your fellow rvers campsite.
3) Hates a leash and will do his best to visit other rvers and their dogs. 
4) Makes real dog big poops, especially close by your fellow forum members. Be sure to wave your forum flag.
5) Excitable and likes to nip and jump.
6) Defenders who like to launch surprise attacks on rvers out for a walk.
7) A big pit bull like dog who really does look scary and lets you know he is ready to go for it.
8) Diggers who leave nice holes around.

Of course, you find none of these dogs at an rv park and owners sitting next to their barking dogs are oblivious - probably due to hearing loss.

Seriously, "the ideal dog for an apartment, condo, townhome, or RV should be relatively small, calm, quiet and easy to clean up after. Additionally, they should have low daily exercise requirement."
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2014, 05:41:06 PM »
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Seriously, "the ideal dog for an apartment, condo, townhome, or RV should be relatively small, calm, quiet and easy to clean up after. Additionally, they should have low daily exercise requirement."

Of all those characteristics above, I think the only necessary ones are the quiet calm ones. Im not sure size really has anything to do with anything, nor do I think their need for exercise does either. Even if you're driving somewhere you're probably only going to drive 6-8 hours max. If the dog is cooped up in the RV for a few hours, there is always the option of making frequent stops. Its pretty exciting for dogs to travel because each new place has new scents and new sights.

People who RV don't necessarily sit around the campground all day. In addition, many CGs have off leash dog parks, or you can take them out to the boonies to run them. I've been looking at parks in Florida that even have dog beaches.  8)
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2014, 06:24:42 PM »
Size can be a problem because some campgrounds do not allow very large dogs.  Most campgrounds have some kind of "rules" list and pets usually are included.  Some don't say much except pick up after your pet, it must be on a leash, and no barking.  But I've seen others that are quite specific as to prohibited breeds and size.  We all know about the breed issue, but I suspect unwanted overtures from large dogs can panic someone who is afraid of dogs.  Many businesses institute rules if they ever have some kind of problem and I'm sure campgrounds are no different so, if a camper has been frightened by a large dog, they might institute a size policy.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2014, 07:09:52 PM »
RogerS,  I take it you don't like big dogs or have had a issue with one in the past?

the post was not to piss folks off, Was simply a way that I could find breeds that might do better in a RV then others. the reality is I know you don't want a great Diane in tear drop pull behind. but hey if you don't mind pulling two one for the dog then go for it.

however I also know that some breeds are not liked by some and that seems to been proven by your lack of love for a rott or pit. its o we don't all have the same opinions of everything. if we did we would not be different. However the point of the post is still the same . just looking for information that might help in making a choice.  ;)

Donn thank you for the advice I will look at our local places and see what I can come up with, just know in the truck Zoey (pictured Below) was knocking it over most of the time for fun lol


the imitation dog list LMAO!! that's funny!! yeah I know a lot of retirees tend to pick smaller dogs and like them to be lap dogs etc... I am not one that likes a lap dog. I want it for a few reasons one is to warn me if needed, also would like them to be the best friend I don't have in the R.v. so I tend to treat my animals well and I have never had a issues with them biting others, but I also have never stepped on one in the middle of the night and had to clean them off my shoe either.  they tend to not be yappy might be due to training im not sure. I prefer them to pretty much not bark at all.

but thank you to all that are posting enjoying the information and tips and tricks.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2014, 07:13:03 PM »
I've been looking at parks in Florida that even have dog beaches.  8)

Fort Desoto just south of St Pete has a dog beach. Be careful walking to the beach. This area is loaded with these sharp spurs that get in between the dogs pads.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2014, 07:19:06 PM »
good to know thank you !

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2014, 07:42:06 PM »
We chose ours, French Bull dog for her driving ability. She's proficient with the boat and the MH. Originally bred as lap dogs for lace workers she is content to be a couch potato or to take reasonable length walks. They love people. And you've seen them dozens of times in advertising in the past few years. Ours is getting old at over 9 years now, but we will replace her with another. The temperment suits us just fine.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2014, 08:07:53 PM »
looks like he enjoys driving also! lol

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2014, 03:15:00 PM »
 Look up the word UGLY in the dictionary,, you will see a picture of this dog.>>>Dan
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2014, 03:38:27 PM »
I like labs but the first year or 2 they are pretty excitable. They will clear off a coffee table with a couple wags of their tale. Shedding on labs can be an issue. I have an English black lab it tends to be smaller than the American labs and mine weighs in at 50lbs on the nose. Although my dog is a male I think females tend to be calmer and less aggressive and possibly more affectionate.

 

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