How to keep dog from barking in RV- Tips For RVing With Dogs That Never Fail
Travelling is itself a complete package It gives you a bag full of memories to cherish your whole life, every time I travel I have a different experience, I love travelling and I am not able, to sum up to something which I love the most about it.
We recently went on RVing with our new RV camper van. This was our 1st time as a family being on RV camping. Our neighbour at the park had a Barky dog and barked at everyone around.
They Got a note on their RV door about their dog barking at the campground. Even when they leave the RV for a few hours he will bark inside the RV non stop,
I did a bit of research on any tips I would be able to give them some tips. He`s a good doggy just noisey.
A Quick Guide
All dogs are reactive to something at some point in their lives.
This might be in response to the doorbell, moving items, other dogs or animals, people – either adults or children – or whatever else your dog feels like barking at at the time.
In the case of a reactive dog while camping, anything that passes by the campground, even humans out for an evening walk, might be considered fair game.
It’s possible that your dog may bark at something that is far away but will not respond at all to something that is near to him.
If your dog behaves in this manner, you may decide that you do not want to take him camping with you at all.
Being embarrassed and annoyed by your dog barking at anything that moves may be very stressful, not to mention the stress of wondering whether or not this could progress into something worse, such as aggressiveness.
Because of their dogs’ barky and reactive behaviour, I know a number of folks who avoid going camping because they have stopped enjoying trips with their dogs.
The following guidelines, when followed to the letter, were crucial in beginning to reduce our dog’s reactivity when camping and putting us on the path to a better and more pleasurable camping experience.
Get your Pooch a regular Exercise
While on vacation, emotionally and physically exercise your dog. Exercise keeps your dog active and helps burn off surplus energy that she could use to bark at passing objects.
Additionally, it keeps her mind stimulated with new sights and scents.
Certain sorts of activity, on the other hand, may act as a stimulant for certain dogs, pumping them up with adrenaline and priming them for more.
Often, mental activity like as indoor scenting and other search activities, or basic stationary training (crossed paws, eye contact, extended sits and downs, etc.) is more helpful in keeping your dog weary and quiet.
If you choose physical activity, stroll in a safe area free of potential stressors for your dog.
While you’re at it, you may also participate in some training sessions. It is irrelevant what you train for explicitly; what matters is that you practise with your dog in a variety of places.
This assists in keeping your dog’s mind stimulated and your training abilities sharp.
Anything you can teach your dog aids in the development of the link between you and your dog.
Ensure that you work with your dog ON a leash to avoid any possible issues.
Take Great care while Leaving Pets In The Camper Alone
We’ve often been forced to leave our pets in the camper when travelling or visiting a region.
Rover did not need a crate while we were gone, but Luna has some separation anxiety problems, so we chose to cage her while we were gone.
We’ve had various boxes in the past, but we like the Foldable Container for its compact size and convenience of usage.
(However, if you have a chewer, this may not be the greatest choice due to the material content–albeit a high duty substance.)
Before we leave the dogs, we ensure they have fed, urinated, have access to fresh water, a fav chew toy, and are securely contained in a cage or behind the pet gate.
change the camper’s thermostat to maintain a pleasant temperature while we are away;
Turn on our camper radio and adjust the volume to a level that provides background noise but is not so loud that it disturbs our camping neighbours; and secure our camper.
Camp throughout the off-season- Avoid Busy Season
Camp throughout the off-season. In May, early June, late August, and September, fewer people camp. Weekends are often not the best time to camp with a barking dog.
Avoid camping during the peak season to avoid excessive activities from other campers.
Conduct training sessions with your dog away from the campsite, i.e. at home. The most critical factor in reducing barking and reactivity is training.
Train your dog well in Advance
Whether you teach your dog on your own or with the assistance of a professional, training results in a happy dog in all circumstances, not just when camping. Training is non-negotiable.
For the dog, training should be enjoyable and gratifying.
Using corrections to teach (pinch collars, choke collars, e-collars, screaming, and beating, for example) leads in worse reactive behaviour and a dog that fears you or anything “wrong.”
Corrective training may enhance reactivity, which is the polar opposite of what you desire.
Avoid wraping your dog around the neck.
Anything that wraps around a dog’s neck is an irritation, increasing the likelihood that your dog may respond.
Rather to that, keep your dog on a leash and a front attach harness, or in an ex-pen, tent, or trailer. (purchase a harness directly from the manufacturer, rather than via a middleman).
If you’re interested in utilising a tie-out with your dog, check out my blog entry on the subject.
NEVER leave your dog on a tie-out by himself. They should only be used in limited conditions and under under supervision.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” –
Maintain a leash while your pet is outside the camper. While many people like dogs and are unconcerned about a pleasant puppy welcome, others are less so.
When we are not walking the dogs on a leash, we sometimes use a longer lead and a post in the campground.
The stake must be properly placed to avoid tripping people AND tangling the dog–even with careful placement, you may have some complications.
This generally works best in areas with a large campground.
Take care of your dog’s waste. Because not all campsites provide bag stations for canine waste, we always carry extra plastic shopping bags in the camper’s storage compartment. A container for baby wipes is ideal for storing them all together.
Maintain a peaceful environment for your dog. If you have a barker, this may entail leaving him/her in the camper so he/she isn’t continuously barking at passersby.
Leave your pet alone at your campground. Before you leave your campground area, lock your dog in your camper. T
his is more secure for them and guarantees they do not get themselves into mischief while you are gone.
What resources are available to help me locate dog-friendly RV parks near me?
Pet Friendly camper parks may be found all over the world.
If you are renting an RV, and most rental businesses have their own applications that can help you find pet-friendly campgrounds wherever you are travelling.
Alternatively, Google Maps can assist you in locating one if necessary.
Also, if you phone any camper sites and they don’t accept dogs, they may give you advise or point you in the direction of another campground that does allow pets in the vicinity.
Cats are typically permitted to accompany their owners to a campsite where dogs are permitted to accompany them.
However, it’s always a good idea to check with the campground’s management before making any assumptions!
Just because these campsites are dog friendly does not always imply that they are also 100% pet friendly, and vice versa.
Cats are not welcome in many camper vans because they are primarily allergen-causing dander spreaders and because they tend to stray off too often.
Essential Camping Accessories for Your Dog
Other than dog food, bowls, a bed, a toy, and a collapsible cage, here are a few more things you may find useful:..
- The Flea and tick medicine is a Must when camping
- Stakes and a leash
- Having a current identification tag or microchip
- Copy of the dog’s current immunisation history (this may be needed if you are crossing state lines or country borders).