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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Camping with Jaeger - Questions

I'm taking Jaeger on a long road/camping trip in May. Likely going through VA, to WV, to Kentucky and maybe further. And back of course. In a small/medium car. Me, J, and one friend. I've never gone camping with a dog, and anyone who doesn't know, Jaeger is a fear-aggressive (towards everything living) 3yo GSD male. He loves exploring and car rides, or I wouldn't be doing this.


So far, the list I have for him is:


Leash
Long-leash for tying out
Prong collar
Normal collar
Vaccination papers
Beware of Dog sign - for the campsites
Tennis Balls (He doesn't like many other toys)
Knucklebones/Long-lasting chews
Brushes
Medications
Doggie first aid kit
Food
Bowls


Just looking for tips and info from people who camp with their large dogs.


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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 10:13 PM
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What about a muzzle? Or a crate? Just think of JIC things to keep J safe.

I've only done it the one time but the first night, my dogs were awful barking at every little noise outside the tent. The second night, they were so darned tired that they didn't care.

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I have a muzzle for emergencies, yep.

The crate is an issue, it will not fit in the car and that makes me nervous. He will be sleeping in a tent with us and in the car when we have to go in somewhere/make bathroom trips. Unless it's too warm, then we'll do what we have to and one of us will wait with him. I really wish I could use the crate though, if we were to break down or something we might need it.


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I'm taking Jaeger on a long road/camping trip in May. Likely going through VA, to WV, to Kentucky and maybe further. And back of course. In a small/medium car. Me, J, and one friend. I've never gone camping with a dog, and anyone who doesn't know, Jaeger is a fear-aggressive (towards everything living) 3yo GSD male. He loves exploring and car rides, or I wouldn't be doing this.


So far, the list I have for him is:


Leash
Long-leash for tying out
Prong collar
Normal collar
Vaccination papers
Beware of Dog sign - for the campsites
Tennis Balls (He doesn't like many other toys)
Knucklebones/Long-lasting chews
Brushes
Medications
Doggie first aid kit
Food
Bowls

Just looking for tips and info from people who camp with their large dogs.
I camp with three dogs. What a joy.

Bring more food than you believe you'll need. It's the worst feeling in the world to run out of food. It is really easy to underestimate, or something happens so the trip is longer, etc.

As for the tieout, you might want to bring a couple kinds. The screw in, as well as the straight-in. Which works best depends on the soil, recent weather, etc and you won't know 'til you're there.

Extra leash. Just nice to have and might be nice to combine if you want a little more length, but not to the extent of a long-line.

Clips. If your tieout won't stay, or you have to clip around a tree, or whatever happens, extra clips are awesome.

A mat of some kind. When you're outside, hanging around the campfire, and the dog is tied out, it's nice to give the dog a mat to lay on, instead of a hard/dirty/rocky surface.

I know you said you can't bring a crate, but I never go camping without one. They can come in really handy if all the humans have to leave the campsite and the dog/s is/are alone. Even if they're a little freaked out by a storm or something. Nice to have.

Good luck!!!!!!! Camping is fun! I can't wait for the weather to warm up.
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I'm not sure what type of pet stores are in your area, I just bought a full size crate that folds up flat and pretty small. It is made with that really heavy fabric as the shell. I also got it for when we are traveling. I believe it's made by natures miracle, I have the 70-90lb model.
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Could you possibly link me to a page with those crates? Definitely something to look into.


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Port-A-Crate Large - Nature's Miracle

See if that works. I apologize I'm working off my iPhone tonight at work...
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Here is my large all-inclusive dog travel list:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...CJzL-coM&pli=1

This is not specifically for camping but some of the items might be useful for you. I don't bring all that on every trip, it is a "master list" so I can pick from there which items I want to bring depending on where we're going, the weather, time of year, planned activities, etc...


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I would include a picture of you with J and your friend with J- just in case you get separated somehow or in case of emergency you can prove that he's your dog and your friend has your permission to claim him.
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what Stosh said.

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