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When traveling, I can see there will be times when we will be out of the RV at museums or libraries or any number of places we want to see. I can't imagine the cat will have any trouble at all being left alone (he'll probably enjoy the solitude). What about leaving a dog for a few hours? What does everyone else do with their darling pooches when they are out of the RV?
I haven't traveled with the dog to any extent so I appreciate anyone's advice.
"Small House, Big Yard "Alfa See-Ya 5'er and 2007 Kodiak C4500 Monroe
Barking is my main concern. Don't want to get thrown out of the RV park because I leave Barky Dog alone.
I am currently living in my 5th wheel full timing and still working 4 ten hour days. My dog stays in her crate. She didn't like it to begin with. It took a couple of months with lots of treats, but now she goes into it when she knows I am going to work. I also work less than 2 miles from home. Of course, I do get home as soon as I can to let her out. I also have two fantasic fans and an occillating fan blowing into the crate to keep her cool. When I don't work, I spend as much time with her as possible, thats when she is happiest.
"Never under estimate your power to change yourself and Never over estimate your power to change others"
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 , 2007 Big Horn 3670RL 5th Wheel by Heartland
You have received some excellent advice from people who love their fur kids. By pulling the shades, you help regulate the temperature and more importantly to preclude barking block visual stimulation. The one thing not mentioned, as of yet, is we leave the radio on to somewhat block noises from outside. They seem to prefer classical or country - go figure.
As was mentioned, you left them alone in S&B, and this becomes no different in their minds.
GENECOP wrote:The same basic rules apply as if the Pooch was home, with the exeption of climate, please heat or cool the Rig as needed to keep the pets Comfy....
The same basic rules apply as if the Pooch was home, with the exeption of climate, please heat or cool the Rig as needed to keep the pets Comfy....
I guess this can be a toughie. I agree with what Gene said above... climate control is important and it's the same thing you would do in a stix'n'brix. I also agree with what the others have said... drawing the blinds, etc. Heck, I do the same thing in my house just to keep the utility bills down.
My next-door neighbors are a married couple who both work. They have a dog... and from time to time during the day the dog barks incessantly (Dave Barry once wrote a column that claimed that if dogs didn't bark they would explode).
Another way to look at it is this: The barking dogs are an alarm system. I'm retired, so am at home most of the time, but most of the people in my neighborhood are gone all day. Both parents work, the kids are in school, and so there's nobody home. If I wanted to be a burglar I would do it in broad daylight when I knew nobody would be there.
I don't see how if you're living in and working fulltime from an RV that you can take your dog with you, any more than you could if you were living in a conventional house. One advantage that RVers have is that you can move... not necessarily to another campground, but to another site in the campground where you are if necessary.
Long way around to the main point, but do everything you can for your pets to feel safe and aecure when you're traveling. It's their home too while you're on the road.
We had a decal from ASPCA which let people know there was an animal inside our rig and I also wrote our cell phone no. on it in case of emergency. Fortunately we never received any emergency calls and our cat Bud seemed very content in our rig with the a/c set and or the fantastic fans set for his comfort.
Tony & Eileen - part-timers2010 HitchHiker Discover America 327 LK2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 Duramax DRW
RIG:2005 Dodge 3500 - Dually- Cummins 2006 Outback 27 RSDSOne "Fur Baby"- A Chihuahua mix rescue dogFull Time since June 2006
We just finished our first workamping jobs, and before we started my biggest concern was how the two dogs would deal with being left in the trailer by themselves. Here's what we would do:
Establish a routine...you know dogs love a routine. They would go out for a walk, and when we got back, they would receive a treat, told to go to sleep we'd be back in a little while. We always had the shades pulled down, the fans running (ac if it was hot) and the TV was left on ( alot of Food TV). Our neighbors said they never heard a peep out of them. Al and I generally had different hours, just overlapping a bit, so they were'nt alone for too long anyway. If it was longer than 3 hours, one of us would take a break, go back to the trailer and take them for a bathroom walk, feed them if it was dinner time, and put sown fresh water. Again, as we left, they got a treat and told to behave themselves. They've been great.
There were a couple of times where we wanted to go somewhere for the day that they weren't allowed at, like The Henry Ford Museum. For that long of a time, we sent them to "Camp Bow-Wow", a facility near the campground that was a day boarding facility for dogs. It was great, and they came home tired from playing all day!
There are ways to deal with it, you just have to figure out what works for you the best.
Life is an adventure.......live it large. 2004 Holiday Rambler Presidential2008 Dodge 3500 Dually
On the road since June 2011ivey-theendlessroad.blogspot.com/
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Jackye wrote:We are in the process of selling our house and becoming full timers. We have a very large dog (100 lbs) who is the most gentle and sweet girl in the whole world. We have been going back and forth about whether we could manage to take her with us. From the sound of the forum, it appears that travelling with a pet is not that big of a deal. Do any of you have large dogs?
We are in the process of selling our house and becoming full timers. We have a very large dog (100 lbs) who is the most gentle and sweet girl in the whole world. We have been going back and forth about whether we could manage to take her with us. From the sound of the forum, it appears that travelling with a pet is not that big of a deal. Do any of you have large dogs?
We have a 120 lb mastiff/boxer and a 60 lb shephard mix and BOTH travel with us in our 5th wheel. They love camping. Yes it took a few trips to get them used to the routine but that is the key...routine.
Before we leave them in the RV, we always take them for a nice long walk, they love all the smells and squirrels in the campgrounds.
When we return they are ready for a snooze. We close all the shades in the RV and the door to the bedroom. A bowl of fresh water and they are ready for their alone time.
We have never had a problem. We NEVER leave our dogs alone unattended outside our RV, that is against most park rules and also not being a responsible pet owner.
One important thing I forgot to mention, we invested in a good pet ramp, so the dogs do not have to use the steps, too dangerous to get a paw caught in. Our ramp folds and fits in the basement when we travel. Worth every penny.
Jackye,We travel with a Golden Retriever, Standard Poodle, and Calico Cat, They all ride in the back seat of our quad cab Dodge truck. Doggies are harnessed into their spot and the cat rides in the penthouse tower above the doggies. I have a photo of them on my blog entry http://www.waggintailsrv.com/2012/02/on-with-adventure.html.We do leave them in the RV on occasion. When doing so, we fold the grab bar into the door to keep the door from accidental opening. (Our poodle is smart enough to open the screen door.)
Jerry & Carol Pearson (+ fur babies)FullTime since 201204 Winnebago Adventure, 06 Grand Marquiswww.waggintailsrv.com