Camping + Dog = ?
May 23, 2013 1:05 AM Subscribe
Although a relatively straight forward question, I feel the need to preface it with a quick bit of background information. I have previously camped with a a well-trained chocolate lab/german shepard, family dog for well over a decade. Now, camping with my own, gentle giant / mini horse.
posted by Wynkoop to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (33 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The giant goes by Cargo. He's probably around 115 lbs at the age of 2. Chocolate lab/Great Dane/Hound - big dog - extremely curious and friendly. Cargo would never hurt another dog and I'd doubt it if he would hurt a small critter.
He's camped once. It was a total fiasco attempting to control him both on and off the leash. It did not help that our neighbors were an old couple accompanied by two old dogs. Didn't work. Cargo would tear off towards the other dogs only to be jerked backwards by the neck. Once unleashed, he'd trample into the camp, greet the humans, then turns to play time with the dogs who don't want to play.
Now to the question(s). Do I attempt to allow him be off-leash, meet the neighbors, only to reprimand him for going back over? Should I reprimand him initially? By reprimand: "Cargo, NO. Bad. Cargo, NO." Hearing "no" will get his attention, however, Cargo seemingly has a mind of his own when he wants to meet another dog. He's a very smart dog. I could always work on training him to stay in the zone of our campsite. But he loves to explore. Leading to my next question.
Should I allow him to roam free while camping? With my family dog would, she would always stay near the campsite. Cargo would like to do the opposite. He wants smells, sounds, more smells. All too boring around camp.
Take home question. Bring Cargo, tie him up to a 15ft leash, leave him unleashed (find a new camping spot, suggestions?), unleash but tie up at night / in tent (he sleeps in compartment of tent)??
Leave him home. :(.