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Old 12-23-2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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Now that I've got the blood flowing with my 55 MPH subject;
Lets explore the dogs in the campground subject.
Many folks travel with their animals and wouldn"t leave home without them.
protection; and companion ship.
Please----this discussion was not started to pit dog owners against non dog owners; lets just keep it civil.
Me I don"t now have a dog--I did at one time and did enjoy the company.
Now the other side of the story:
Have you ever sit in front of your camper and listened to a barking whinning dog for hours at a time while the owners were out visiting?
When mentioning this to the owners only to be told by the owners (my dog never barks).
I"ve been in a campground and had a dog sitting right beside the owner barking it"s head off; the owner is so used to it that they don"t even here it.
Please note"----I"m not anti dog; I never blame the dog; (its the owners)
I say if you can:t control your dog leave him (or her) at home.
OK now it"s your turn
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Hello Robert,

I would not be surprised if, when you did a search on this topic in the forums, you found hours and hours of reading already posted.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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When we have been looking for a new Rv in the past .... this is the salesman's line.

"We have a nice clean unit for you to look at. Pvevious owners were non-smokers and had no pets, the stove dosen't even look like it was ever cooked on".

Almost (not all) every RV I have seen in use .... has a pet. Do these folks never trade in thier RV?

Having said that when we look for a new motor home the dog goes with us. After all that is why we have a motor home!!!! One salesman asked the wife about the dog and if the dog goes with us in our RV... Her reply was "my dog is cleaner than you are". Then everything went quiet.

By the way .... our dog only barks at us .... it bites everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:18 AM   #4
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By the way .... our dog only barks at us .... it bites everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I would not be surprised if, when you did a search on this topic in the forums, you found hours and hours of reading already posted.
Isn't this great country; you can go back to the same subject; time and time again and always get a different responce.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:44 AM   #5
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Question?
how to keep everyone from walking through your camp site.
Answer:
post several signs around your site warning of bad dog.
works for me.
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Its to bad: this only works if they can read. (some can"t)
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Old 12-23-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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I hope dog owners read this and take it to heart: A dog that barks continually is usually doing so because he has been LEFT ALONE! Then the owners come home, the dog jumps around and wags his tail, and they think he is just perfect. HE'S NOT! But he is just a dog, and probably a very nice one - for you.

Dog owners need to be aware, or FIND OUT, if they have a barking dog that is irritating everyone in the park. I have found that they are usually nice people, who truly did not have a clue, and are very apologetic. The others, we just report to the park owner AND manager (often not the same person) as we exit their facility, early if necessary.

And no, we do not have a pet at the moment. As much as we love dogs, for these early years of our retirement, we do not want an animal dictating our schedule, or being left alone in the coach when we decide to go out to dinner.
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But he is just a dog,

Wow! Don't tell my wife that! LOL
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What everyone needs is a good leaving alone. Who cares if you have an animal and I don't.
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Who cares if you have an animal and I don't.
Only those responsible dog owners who don't want to be lumped in with the inconsiderate contingent, plus those of us who have repeatedly had to put up with them.

Other than that, I haven't a clue.
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Had a dog, since I was a child...... long time ago!!!
Most the time a dog picked us as a friend. Just marched in and stayed!!!!! Those are the best!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Who cares if you have an animal and I don't.
Only those responsible dog owners who don't want to be lumped in with the inconsiderate contingent, plus those of us who have repeatedly had to put up with them.

Other than that, I haven't a clue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



Well said, blacktie.shooter, you have expressed my sentiments exactly.


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Most of the RVers we meet are responsible pet owners. They do not want the dog barking, being a problem and they do pick up after the animal.
There are the few that:
Do no think the rules apply to them.
A little poop won't be noticed.
Fifi does not bark very loud.
Fifi will stay right here in our site with me.

I am sure you have met these folks.

We have had Miniature Schnauzers for 38 years now and I grew with a dog at home. It is hard to imagine life with out the furry companion.

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I own a campground that is primarily for young families and pets seem to be more prevalent than ever. I am also an avid RVer that travels w/a dog and cat. Probably seen 99% of all issues w/pets, including a parrot locked in a camper who wouldn't keep quiet. Growled and barked like a dog every time someone walked by. Funny for about an hour then realized these campers were no where to be found.

Couple of top of mind observations below not intended to upset anyone. Please respond or ask questions of me as a campground owner. This is a hot topic at national conferences.

The, knowledge of camper courtesy w/respect to pets and in general seems to be waning. I hope I can attribute this to more people camping and just not knowing how to be good campers yet.

Couple of points: Getting a loud dog to shut up is darn near impossible. If the owners are not present you can't touch the dog even though all the campers around the site are in agony w/the constant barking. And as mentioned, many times the returning owners are in disbelief that their dog would bark.

We have to evict pets on occasion. Sometimes I think it is a relief to one of the spouses who was embarrassed but, didn't want to have the battle w/the other over it.

Second, we find people who are more defensive about their misbehaving pet than about their kids.

Third, not sure why anyone would bring a pet that is known to bite into a public place. It is not breaking the law to wander on someone elses campsite. It isn't courteous but, still not a crime. This is different than trespassing on someone's home.

I guess that this is even more dangerous in a family campground with lots of kids running around. (yes I know some kids misbehave and parents don't watch them, but, it doesn't justify getting bit by a dog.)

Fourth, please don't think you aren't being seen when you allow your dog to fowl an area and you don't clean it up. We have complaints all the time where campers will report another for this.

Fifth, please carry your current vaccination papers with you. And yes I know your dog would never bite anyone. And yes I know your dog is the nicest in the world. Had a child bit by a small dog (unreported to us) go through rabies shots because the owner didn't have papers and the vet was not available to fax them over. BTW, this was a nice dog and was on a leash but, got startled in a crowd of kids.

Lastly, we started handing out camper courtesy information sheets including pet courtesy. (don't cross into sites, leave it cleaner than you found it, etc.) It is helping as I truly think many people just don't know.
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