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  • We go camping with 3 dogs. One who is eventually looking at rainbow bridge but the other two? Sleep all nite and when we get up? They get up. Might want to have thought about a 1 year old broken dog. There are a ton of rescues at age 1 that don’t destroy. Good house breaking. We do so love the book No Bad Dog. Good luck.

  • As much as I hate them, you might have to crate the puppy especially when you are gone. Looking for an obedience class sounds like a good idea too. Puppies are never to young to start training, learning what is acceptable and is not.

    I choose to get a dog two plus years ago after 8 years without one. I thought it would give my husband company when he goes walking. Never happened so it was left to me. Fortunately we adopted a 2 year old who was mostly house trained. I can now get him to take her out to pee during the day but nights are left to me as are taking her for walks. I resented it at first but then kept reminding myself I made the choice. She is funny (and irritating) in that every time I get up at night she wants to go out to pee!!

    Yes having a dog means sacrifices where a cat can be left even for a whole weekend. If you are resenting the puppy it might be good to think about re-homing the puppy.

  • Our 2 well-behaved cats are wonderful travelling companions. They are very affectionate, contrary to what many believe.We can leave for an entire day without problems. My husband has often said you don’t have to walk a cat as someone goes by with their dog on a rainy day.

  • I am positive your wife has noticed how you feel. Time to open the discussion up again. She needs to share the 0 dark thirty duty for one thing. We recently adopted my Dad’s dog. It was not a choice, we had to. My husband agreed but does resent the dog. I walk her most of the time. Meantime, she is growing on him. It has been four months so far. I expect he will eventually accept her fully. Hope you can feel good about your dog. Unconditional dog love is wonderful.

  • We have always camped with our dogs, they require us to walk which is good for all of us. We crate our beagle when we go out & yes we are restricted to 3 or 4 hours at a time but she is worth it. We meet lots of people out walking. She is well behaved because she is trained (which was done by us). Remember a tired dog is a good dog so the three of you should be getting lots of exercise. Start doing basic obedience training now and you will have a nice dog that is welcome anywhere you go. The work you do now will pay off. No such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners.

  • Dogs in campgrounds are our #1 gripe. We don’t pay fees to hear someone’s dog bark hour after hour. They leave the wretched things in their RV then go away for the day….the dog of course barks every minute they are gone….but of course shuts up the second they return… so of course they don’t believe there’s a ‘problem’. We now have zero tolerance for barking campground dogs. We WILL find a ranger (whatever) and have the problem dealt with. In 2 cases this resulted in the dog owners having to leave or board their dogs! Beware….we could be next to you next stop…!!!!!!

    • Not all dogs bark “every minute they are gone”. We always wondered about ours so there have been a few times we introduce our selves to our next door neighbor and told them we were leaving and to please let us know if they hear her bark as we do not want to disturb them. Each time they say they hear a couple of barks and then all is quiet. We also use the crate and our dog loves it and feels safe there. I think a lot of campers just don’t like dogs no matter what. Well they are a fact of life and I, for one, don’t always like all people either.

  • Wow, I understand your point to your complaint. But sometimes maybe talking to the person instead of jumping to a ranger. Maybe with iPhone you can tape what’s going on and prove to it to owner. I m sure 99% of RVers respect your needs as well. Address it with them before running to management. Then if you did what you feel all you do, then I am 100% behind you.

  • We travel in our motorhome with two maultipoos and when we leave they are put in their kennel together. We did the same at home since they were puppies. It is for their safety and our peace of mind. They must like it because as I write this both are in the kennel and the door is open. It is their safe place. They go between the kennel, couch or our laps and bed. As much of a inconvenience they can sometimes be, we love our Dixie Lou and Daisy Mae.

  • Firmly tell your wife she has 50% of all dog “dooties”, both day and night. If she will not, find a nice home for the pup