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donn

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Re: best dogs for RV
« 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.

Mickey1

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

Marsha/CA

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Re: best dogs for RV
« 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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Mickey1

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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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Mickey1

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Re: best dogs for RV
« 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.

RodgerS

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Re: best dogs for RV
« 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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Mickey1

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Re: best dogs for RV
« 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

RodgerS

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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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Mickey1

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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. !!

inscop

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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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jhskick

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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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Mickey1

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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 !

curlew

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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.

curlew

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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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