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Camping and tie-outs?

Spring is coming and camping season! Our girls (6 & 3) have never been tied out at home. We walk them on leashes, but we usually go to off leash locations. We tend to camp off season, and in more remote places when and where they are off leash. The issue that we are working on is when we stay at more active sites, where the dogs have to be on a line. They react strongly to anything, squirrels, people, dogs, stuff they totally ignore when not restrained. It's easier if they are on a leash right with us, but that isn't always practical in a campsite so they need to be on tie-outs. I'm just not sure how to set up the situations to train them. I would say this comes up 3-4 times per year. We usually stay at more populated sites on our way to our preferred locations, so stopping in the evening and out again in the am.
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For such short periods of time would containment work better vs tie outs? like keeping them in the camper unless you're out with them. Densely packed camp grounds and dogs on tie outs sounds a bit risky, at least from the picture I'm getting.

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I use a 15' chain. She just has to deal with it when I can't pay attention to her.
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We do leave them in the camper sometimes,its just usually after a 8 hour ride in the back of the Suburban. I just hate how they look when they hit the rope and act like idiots. I'm sure no one would imagine how well behaved they are normally. And yes, if we see someone approaching I go over to them, and make them down prior to idiocy setting in.

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Yeah, lunging at stuff will look scary. There are tie outs that have some type of bungee built in to lessen the whole hitting the end of the rope madness...not sure about it as I haven't looked into it. We're going to stay for a week at a state park in August and more than likely i'll just take Varik with me or leave him kenneled in the cabin if we go out to eat or something.
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Hmm I don't go camping and I've never had to do this with my dogs?? But .. .hey ... no problem, the tie outs are only an "issue" if the dogs know they are there! I would doubt ... you would plan on being away from them for two hours or more?? Because that is the standard for a fully trained "Place Command." Attach the tie out and tell the dogs ... "Place" problem solved.

Now how much time it takes ... is up to you. But ...how to get there ... looks like this. :

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Hmm I don't go camping and I've never had to do this with my dogs?? But .. .hey ... no problem, the tie outs are only an "issue" if the dogs know they are there! I would doubt ... you would plan on being away from them for two hours or more?? Because that is the standard for a fully trained "Place Command." Attach the tie out and tell the dogs ... "Place" problem solved.

Now how much time it takes ... is up to you. But ...how to get there ... looks like this. :

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I have been hoping to get hubby to let me bring x pens to set up around our little roll out outdoor carpet thing that we put in front of the rv. We set it up at home as a test and it worked great but then every time we pack up he complains and doesn't want to bring the x pens. So I wind up tying them with training lines- the cotton ones, because its what I have. My old dog won't bother with anyone and the young one is pretty good on voice commands so I am banking on him never running and hitting the end of it full force because it probably wouldn't hold him.

Will still be trying for the x pens next year because our rv is so small the floorspace is just one skinny little hallway and the dogs really can't walk around or lay out (they can in the beds) and the young one gets a little cookoo during rv trips.
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Hmm I don't go camping and I've never had to do this with my dogs?? But .. .hey ... no problem, the tie outs are only an "issue" if the dogs know they are there! I would doubt ... you would plan on being away from them for two hours or more?? Because that is the standard for a fully trained "Place Command." Attach the tie out and tell the dogs ... "Place" problem solved.

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Thanks for the welcome, I've been here a few years. We would never leave them alone at a campsite outside of the camper. I've wondered whether its the tie out or being more alert in unfamiliar places. I would prefer they be able to stretch their legs, I can't imagine a 2 hour place command after an eight hour car ride. I've thought about tying out in our front yard, and working on it out there. We have many walkers, skate boards, kids,bunnies, squirrels and other distractions, it's just they don't react at any time while at our house. I guess it would prove to me whether it's the tie out or the location.
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I have been hoping to get hubby to let me bring x pens to set up around our little roll out outdoor carpet thing that we put in front of the rv. We set it up at home as a test and it worked great but then every time we pack up he complains and doesn't want to bring the x pens. So I wind up tying them with training lines- the cotton ones, because its what I have. My old dog won't bother with anyone and the young one is pretty good on voice commands so I am banking on him never running and hitting the end of it full force because it probably wouldn't hold him.

Will still be trying for the x pens next year because our rv is so small the floorspace is just one skinny little hallway and the dogs really can't walk around or lay out (they can in the beds) and the young one gets a little cookoo during rv trips.
Dell broke the catch on a tie out once when a squirrel ran by. It was an Oh Crap moment. I've bought some really heavy duty latches and some heavy weight Para Cord and made adjustable size tie outs. We love taking them with us, and they have a great time.

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