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Old 09-12-2015, 12:39 AM   #1
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Florida winter with a big dog

Will be spending winter in FL after the previous two in Texas and the southwest. No reservations other than Dec 1-14 at Ft. Wilderness.

We like to move every week or two and reading previous threads, this would work, especially if we are flexible and not too cost conscious. However, I keep hearing that Florida is not dog friendly. What does this mean? And how will having a 90 lb. Lab affect our travel there?
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Each campground will have its own set of rules. Florida or not.
Best way to answer your question would be to either go to the web or contact the places you are considering staying and see what they have to say.
Miami Dade county has a law / restriction on Pit Bulls but I'd bet many owners just lies and say it's a mix or another breed.
Things are different in S. FL than the rest of the USA....
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I travel with 3 lg Rotties...I do find that most places have aggressive breed restrictions.. But for the most part I don't find it difficult to find a place to stay....if your traveling during snow bird season with no reservation.. You might find it difficult to find CG that can accommodate you for more than a few days.
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I never had a problem with 3 dogs traveling in FL. Of course, 2 of them were chihuahua mixes, and one was the best lab in the world. We brought all 3 to Ft. Wilderness. They have a great dog run. There are plenty of dog beaches in FL. Too. Just google. Have fun!
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Cape Sans Blah in the Panhandle is a great place with dogs. Roughly 12 miles of sugar white sand beach to play on and completely dog friendly.


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In our travels, we found that Florida campgrounds have the most restrictive "Bad dog list", and found campgrounds that would not accept German shepherds. I don't think a Lab would appear on such lists, but a few calls to campgrounds in your intended area should give you a feel for what restrictions are in force. It's usually not the individual campground, but their insurance carrier, that creates the list.

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Will be spending winter in FL after the previous two in Texas and the southwest. No reservations other than Dec 1-14 at Ft. Wilderness.

We like to move every week or two and reading previous threads, this would work, especially if we are flexible and not too cost conscious. However, I keep hearing that Florida is not dog friendly. What does this mean? And how will having a 90 lb. Lab affect our travel there?
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We have been wintering in Fla. for about six years and I see many places where dogs are common. One place that comes to mind is Red Oaks in Bushnell. They even have a nice dog run area.
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Check but there are very few that have restrictions on dogs. Some are breed specific. I know of only one that allows no pets period. It's in the Bradenton, Saeasota area. The real problem you'll have is finding a site unless you've reserved in advance. We live in Willow Lakes a RV community and were booked all winter with a very large waiting list. Inland FL panhandle will be your best bet.
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As others have said , there are a few dog beaches. Encountered a RV park down toward the keys where no dogs were allowed because of the protected deer population. Can not remember the name. Really no different from Southern CA where you have to research where the dog beaches are.
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This is from 2013, but has good info
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Thanks all. Sounds as if the anti-dog reputation is over-blown.
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We live in central Florida and camp every month with 2 dogs. The only issue we have heard about are the so called aggressive breeds. Like others commented most campgrounds don't actually look an folks fib on the type of dog. The sooner you reserve the better as, even us Florida residents have a hard time finding winter camping opportunities.
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Come to Rock Crusher Canyon in Crystal River aand join the morning black dog patrol, 2 black labs and a real small black female something or other that runs the whole group. Seriously, friend and I walk our labs each morning (both 90 pounders) and some of the folks in he park nicknamed us the black dog patrol. Great park wth lots of friendly folks.
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Your lab would not be on the 'black list'. I'm sure it would be welcomed. If you know of a couple stops you'll be making give them a call to get a 'feel' of how it would accepted. I don't foresee a problem except perhaps on beaches. You probably don't want it swimming in most lakes either because of alligators.
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