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pmaen 03-17-2019 09:41 AM

Traveling with big dogs
 
Hello, just bought a Flaggstaff Shamrock. Take ownership sometime at end of March, early April. We ordered it. Questions, we have two labs that will be going with us. How does everyone carry food for their dogs? How much. We are planning on being gone for at least three to four weeks on longer trips. How do people with dogs store the food and where? do you take half and then stop and buy more? Just looking for options. Also, I know the dogs can't be loose in the park, do most people stake them out? I would like to avoid pitfalls ahead of time.. any aspect of traveling with large dogs would help!!
thanks from a newbie!

jacwjames 03-17-2019 09:50 AM

If you know people with cats get a couple of the cat litter bins. The lids attach down tight. Will store these under bed or in closet. My wife keeps a smaller supply to feed from, uses the larger plastic containers with a screw on lid.

We use X-pens to keep the dogs corralled. My wife does dog shows and they don't allow tie outs. In the past I've used a bike rake to carry them. In the Class C I had a receiver hitch mounted in the front and put the X-pens there. Now we have a slide in the basement for the smaller ones and a rack on the back for the larger.

These are both for the dogs protection and to keep people or other dogs away from ours.

Old-Biscuit 03-17-2019 10:48 AM

We buy small bag ...enough for a weeks worth then buy some more

Grocery stores/big box stores are EVERYWHERE and you can pick up supplies most any day of the week


AS for the dogs.......ALL CGs have Pet Rules.
#1...MUST be on leash and under your CONTROL whenever outside
#2...Pick up their poop WHEN they poop


Don't make camping complicated. GO---ENJOY!

pmaen 03-17-2019 11:39 AM

Thanks! never hurts to be reminded to pick up!!

DHener84 03-20-2019 09:55 PM

I am not extremely experienced and the attitude of your dogs(do they try to escape) makes all the difference. I bought a couple of the dog pens to link together and make a large area around the RV (remember to block off under the RV also) and am hoping to make a rig to tie them up under the chassis (along with a ladder) so they don't get burried and don't take up space if I don't bring the pup. My dog could get herself tangled around a butterfly if I stake her out.so I had to get away from the stake and cable

1bigmess 03-20-2019 10:09 PM

Most of the RV parks I've been in have rules that prohibit unattended pets. If the dogs are outside, you're outside. No ongoing barking. Must be constantly under control with a leash. Most parks I've been in have designated pet areas, some have an enclosed off leash area that is usually very small, like a very small yard.

Also, most cities I've been to have an off leash dog park, and some of them are *amazing*! There's a huge park East of Seattle called Maryhill. Some nice ones in Spokane. Bend and Redmond Oregon have nice places. Tucson. Yuma. Vancouver WA. Richland WA. The one here in Pendleton where I'm working right now is a bit of a walk but it's covered in lush grass and right nest to the river.

I've really enjoyed travelling with my dog. I just buy one bag of food at a time and then reorder from Chewy.com when I need more. It hasn't been a problem.

learntorv 03-20-2019 11:41 PM

As mentioned above, you’ll find different campgrounds have different rules. Some places, the dogs can outside with you inside; others that’s not allowed. Some parks have breed restrictions (usually insurance mandated).

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NanaW 03-24-2019 11:59 PM

3 Good size dogs
 
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My husband and I travel with a 70lb Border Collie (yes he is a Mutant) 75% BC 25% Aussie, Mom 60lbs 1/2 BC and 1/2 Aussie, and our little rescue 45lbs and full blooded Red Merle Aussie, all with super awesome personalities want to lick everyone to death lol. we keep them on leads far enough apart so they can sit togeather on grass but not tangle. Outside when we are, inside when we are walking where we walk, and eat where we eat only dog friendly places :). We take their paperwork everywhere we take them on our phone. We carry a bin of food with us it's air tight and goes in the bottom storage, when parked it goes just under the trailer out of sight a little. It works for us.This is them with our old trailer, you can see the food bin under the trailer by the door.
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Desert Flyer 03-29-2019 09:22 PM

We camped with golden retriever. Created a “dog run” with long cable tightened between two trees about 25-30 apart. The dog had a cable leash about 8 ft long. So there was plenty of space and room to roam at will. Every rew hours I had to detangle her leash at one of the trees. For some reason they never could figure out to go back the other way around a tree when their “freedom” ran out!

pmaen 04-02-2019 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Desert Flyer (Post 4701828)
We camped with golden retriever. Created a “dog run” with long cable tightened between two trees about 25-30 apart. The dog had a cable leash about 8 ft long. So there was plenty of space and room to roam at will. Every rew hours I had to detangle her leash at one of the trees. For some reason they never could figure out to go back the other way around a tree when their “freedom” ran out!

I see us traveling from spot to spot every couple of days, at least for a year or two, until we find a spot that we like.., so.. do I stake them out,( have found a retractable stake out that needs to be pounded in, or use the twist kind of ground stake with a cable?) does anyone have problems pounding stakes in the ground? I know here in northern Cali, it's like trying to drive them into cement in the summer. I know these things sound trivial but any time I can get rid of a problem before it's a problem.. would help.

NanaW 04-02-2019 11:23 PM

stakes
 
I would make sure that every site you go to make sure it is okay to stake that is why in the picture my dogs are attached to other things they wouldn't let us stake their leads. Most don't care thank goodness but there is always that one lol

Ray,IN 04-03-2019 07:27 AM

My neighbor travels with his Great Dane and has no problems.

Desert Flyer 04-03-2019 10:36 PM

Never had a stake that our dog couldn’t eventually work loose. Big dogs are strong.

1bigmess 04-03-2019 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Desert Flyer (Post 4709878)
Never had a stake that our dog couldn’t eventually work loose. Big dogs are strong.

Yup. There was a Newfie dragging a picnic table across the RV Park earlier this afternoon. The dog's human looked frustrated, like "why can't the dog just stay over there?", so he'd come outside his RV every couple minutes and drag the table back, then disappear, and the dog would drag the table twenty get *again*, the owner would move it back, over and over.

The definition of insanity for some folks I guess. I love dogs. People can do really stupid things though, hoping that this time it'll seem smart.

You know your dog(s), right? You should. You know what they're capable of, and if they will figure things out fast and do exactly what you want, or if they'll do exactly what you should have expected them to do. Like drag the picnic table thirty feet or so over and over and over and over again.

Seriously, most of the time, 49% of this is following the rules, and 50% is knowing what to expect from your pets. That leftover 1% or more can't ever go away, but please do better than some of these foolish pet owners out here and you'll be fine. Really.


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