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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

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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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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2014, 06:45:20 PM »
I think females tend to be calmer and less aggressive and possibly more affectionate.

Thats funny.  Both of my kids have female Labs and we have a male.  Our male is way more affectionate and calmer than either of their dogs.  This one is our third Lab/Lab mix and by far the best camper.  When we are out working Max is left tied outside.  He loves to lay in camp and watch people, and chipmonks.  BTW he is also the youngest of the three.  But like all working breeds Labs need lots of daily exercise.  If your not willing to work them, they are not a good breed for you.  No matter what dog you think you want, be sure to check breed charactersitctics before you decide.

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« Reply #31 on: November 11, 2014, 09:37:09 PM »
yeah their tail works as a great weapon also lol

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« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2014, 12:20:30 PM »
One thing I would like to suggest is getting the book "Dog Training for Dummies".  No offense meant; but it discusses many breeds of dogs and helps people to decide what breed works best for them.  Often people choose a dog because: it's cute, my neighbor has one, they see one of TV and the list goes on.  There are breeds that are hunting dogs, retrievers, sporting dogs, non sporting dogs etc.  They have built in "drives" that may or may not work for all people but that is their natural instinct and it often cannot be changed.  Hunting dogs go off to hunt, retrievers retrieve, sporting dogs need lots of exercise.  And some dogs breeds are more difficult to train.

You need to find a breed that meets your life style.  And everyone has their own specifics that they like or dislike in dogs ie small-large; fru-fru or just a standard dog; lots of choices.  If you start with a puppy be sure to get help with training; be consistent and effective.  I could give lots of examples, but the one that was most important to us was to have a dog that was trained NOT to enter or exit a door without being told.  My biggest fear was opening the motor home door and having a dog "fly" out into a busy car/truck situation and get hit/killed.  So our dog has been taught to sit and wait until he is told he can go in or out.

Also, as has been mentioned before, many campgrounds have a list of dogs that they will not allow in their facility.  It's not that they don't like that breed of dog it's that their insurance has stated they will not provide coverage if a dog on the list causes a problem.   We all know great rotties, german shepherds, pit bulls, mastiffs, chows and dobermans who are fabulous dogs; but they are often on the list of banned dogs.  It's just a fact of life.

So, choose your breed that will fit your life style, get good and consistent training and have fun.  Dogs add lots to our lives!

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2014, 12:36:00 PM »
thank you Marsha.
one of the reasons for me starting this thread was to get some suggestions or options and I welcome all info.
like I have said in the past I have owned the "dangerous/scary breeds)  the thing is I didn't want to get one in my MH. and find out it would be a issue going in to the different parks etc..

I agree a trained dog is a good dog. the dogs I have had in the past I have always trained to sit until I allow them to eat and also not to go in or out of a door until I say it is ok  the other thing I have done was to train them to not drink or eat unless I allowed it from anyone.  this came out of having a dog in the past that was feed antifreeze and we had to watch them suffer until the vet finally figured it out and she passed away. I refuse to go threw that again if I can help it.

also was thinking I want more of a medium sized dog this time instead of a bigger breed. however I also want one that is comfortable while traveling.

I will look in to the book for dummies and no offence was taken. I have also been looking different breeds up on line either threw suggestion or seeing them and liking the way they looked etc.. and making sure they will  not be unhappy weather for lack of space to run or my lack of ability to walk them like I could in the past. I have a pretty sever back injury so im more limited then I have been in the past.  used to be a no brainier I knew witch one of three breeds I was going to look at. but the labs are WAY TO ENERGETIC for me right now love them but cant go threw the puppy dumb stages with one . and the others are on list or could be.  might be a fact that is how it is but I still see no point in finding out after I have a dog for a while and find out I cant have them in the only park in the area. how ever I do have the advantage of knowing where I can find a truck stop or a place to park over some that have never lived on the road I have done that for 20 yrs. so I can always find parking just might not be ideal.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2014, 01:03:23 PM »
This is probably "overkill" but I read the Volhard dog training and attitude testing before we bought our puppy.  I did the testing on the puppy, but on a very limited scale, not anything to the extent that they test.  We ended up with a fabulous dog and I'm not sure the testing did that or we were just "lucky".  But he has had extensive training.  He is also a CGC dog which is fun.  CGC  is Canine Good Citizen, so he is allowed in schools, assisted living facilities etc.

Here is the link to the Volhard website:  http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php

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« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2014, 01:12:33 PM »
believe it or not my first rott was trained a s a working dog. and we could take her anywhere it was nice got spoiled with that I guess. my brother needed her to be with her for secures he had after a motorcycle accident. so she would let him know when one was coming on and to get safe to deal with it pretty interesting on how well she did

i was training my Sheppard as a ptsd dog, she was doing pretty well.  I could get the basics out of her. and then they would have taken her in to a program for more training. but we didn't get that far.

cgc dogs are fun. I have seen them also in the hospitals for the kids amazing how much they can help ones days.
dogs are truly a gift!

thanks for the web link.

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« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2014, 02:01:58 PM »
Hi Mickey1, I had a well-trained German Shepard that I trained.

I don't see what dog I have or have not had has anything to do with deciding what dogs are appropriate for an RV. That is why, except for one person in this forum, I weight most of the advice given as personally agenda driven and as imagined expertise confused with average rv experiences.
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« Reply #37 on: November 12, 2014, 02:18:35 PM »
roger, was not asking for someone to pick a dog for me. was trying to find out if there was a dog that might be better for RV ing. IE. can be in the parks or not, seems to get more restless or not, might not travel well or not etc...

believe me any dog I get will be out of a choice I make and the interaction I have with the dog.  but I also realize that it is up to me personally in the end.

to be perfectly honest I have never worried to much what anyone thinks of my dogs or how they react to it but I also like to be some what curious if I can be. if they discriminate over one breed or another then makes sense to find this out a head of time to make sure I don't get a min pin and they say no you cant have it here because it might attack a pair of slippers or something. or a rott and say no we don't like the fact they will lick you to death in your sleep.

My shepherd an my rotts  were  the biggest clowns you have ever seen but that's because I work with them and I actually own a dog not just co exsit with them . meaning I take the time to train them I want a well mannered dog that can go anywhere with me and will be loveable to anyone that comes up to them. and kids can use them as a chair and the most they will do is lick them or look at them funny for doing it.

However I also like one that is willing to stand between me and anyone that is out to harm myself or a child. I want that protective quality when needed but not a aggressive attitude in general.

as for yours and my convo. about rotts. I don't take it personal that some don't like them I get that hell I don't like all the dogs I have seen either but people think because they are the size of most rats and are trained to bark at everything they are ok. none of my dogs would bark unless you were being aggressive and most of the time they would not pay attention to you anyway. and when they did bark it was barley audible if it was loud it was because it was a warning for that person to back off. not because a person walks by 300' away.

but that is TRAINING not BREED. and that's what I was trying to say. and weather you or anyone else trains their dogs I have no clue. but I can respect someone that trains a dog to be a well mannered dog.  they are pleasant to be around and not freighting at all.  hell any of mine would just soon play catch then bite someone . unless you drenched your self in BBQ sauce you would prolly not even get a second thought unless you tossed their ball

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2014, 02:22:04 PM »
I would also add that now I have a well-trained Min Pin and well-trained is relative to the breed. I would not have taken my German Shepard with me in an rv, nor would I take my now blind Min Pin either who was an ex show dog whose original owners had her voice reduced surgically.

And no I don't have an rv today and won't buy one until I finish my planned international travels.

And this stuff about "real" dogs says a lot more about the writer than any particular breed of dog. Dogs were bred for specific purposes. A German Shepard makes a great guard dog and a Min Pin makes a great ratter. I don't have guarding or ratting problems, but enjoyed both their personalities as companion dogs.

And, most of the dog behavior problems are really people behavior problems from irresponsible and low information owners which is one heck of a lot of owners.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2014, 02:29:55 PM »

 most of the dog behavior problems are really people behavior problems from irresponsible and low information owners which is one heck of a lot of owners.



that says a whole lot right there. !!

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #40 on: November 12, 2014, 04:01:25 PM »
As much as I love my dog, if I were to be dogless and wanted to RV, I would remain dogless.  They get separation anxiety when you have to leave them and if they cry or whine or bark, your neighbors WILL report you.  We actually got our RV so we could take the dog with us more places.  Well, fool me once...............No need to sign up for Good Sam or any other campground discounts because "you ain't staying there."   Our dog is not fond of camping because of not having a puppy door that he can come and go as he pleases.  He has made this painfully obvious.

If you INSIST on having a dog, I would get a non-neurotic yapper, preferably fluffy and cute so other campers don't bolt in fear.  Slip it a mickey when you go out.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2014, 05:38:02 PM »
I have camped with mixed breeds and pure breeds and the secret is socializing them and training. I have a black Lab right now. Her only problem is some one told her she was a lap dog.
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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2014, 03:41:42 PM »
lol I have owned the 200lb lap puppy also. not fun normally they enjoy it most when they are WET !

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2014, 12:44:29 AM »
We have a 3 yr old bichon/poodle mix. Happy nature, small, needs regular grooming but does not shed. A lot easier to live with than the elderly Burnese Mountain dog we used to have. No problem with either dog, but we checked ahead on size limits with the Burnese. The bichon/poodle mix is high energy, loves people and other dogs. He tucks himself out into nooks and crannies out of the way easily.  He makes us get out and move. The Burnese was old when he started to camp. He liked people but ignored other dogs. He spent most of his time sleeping and was too lazy too move much when he was awake. Still, he was a lot of dog in an rv.

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Re: best dogs for RV
« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2014, 01:46:12 AM »
Inscop, you may be right about some of what you say. I would not have gotten another dog so soon after the Burnese died, either. You are right about them tying you down, altho ours does not seem to suffer from separation anxiety. Still, there is no more sleeping in now that we don't have a dog door. He has a small bladder and he has to go out NOW. Unless we can find a good boarding kennel, we don't feel comfortable about leaving our small dog alone for long daytrips. Never mind overnight trips. I would have waited until we got more of the wanderlust out of our system before we got another dog.

However, I have been grateful to have him along when I go rock hounding. I always have a stout walking stick and bear spray, but he will let me know if something is around that I may prefer to avoid instead of confronting. We are in the west for the first time. I am not used to having to think about bears or coyotes or mountain lions or javelinas or wild pigs or rattle snakes or scorpions or whatever else may be there.  DH has given me a  gun to carry when I am alone (accept for the dog).  I don't want to start a gun controversy, here, but I may start carrying it when state law allows.  I am not a bit nervous about other people. But some critters do make me very nervous. We are encroaching on their territory and occassional ugly meetings are bound to happen.

 

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