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    06-02-2013, 03:44 PM
Green Broke
I didn't read through the whole thing but I'll tell you what worked for me.

We trained my rottie with an e-collar. When he was 100% with it (he would re-call off chasing and rabbit! Or you could throw his favorite toy and you could tell him to sit, come or down in the middle of him chasing it) we started taking him on trail leash-less. If we came across people we would tell him to leave them or he really didn't want to bother with them anyways. To cross roads he would jump up on my sisters leg, the horse was cool with it, and we would just throw a lead on him. He was the BEST trail dog EVER!
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    06-02-2013, 04:47 PM
I think someone already said this but I think taking a pup along with a well-trained trail dog is a great way to train a pup. We take our dogs with us but we ride in areas where there is no one else.

I would worry about other dogs, horses and people because THEY don't know how to behave.

We have a pup about the same age (5 mo) as you, OP and he does very well but I would not take him in a place where there are other dogs that could chase, bite or distract him. He only goes with our "veteran" trail dogs as yet so he learns all the right ways.
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    06-03-2013, 11:16 AM
The issue of "dogs in camp" does bug me when someone lets their dog run loose to "visit" everyone. . .and it ends up peeing on other people's campsites, getting into their food, or just visiting people who don't really want to be visited by a strange, slobbering, wet, smelly dog that has manure-breath and rolled in some kind of dead animal on trail earlier that day.

Even if you bring your dogs to camp but not on trail, it's up to you to make sure they are not a nuisance to other campers. I've been on a number of trips where people brought their dogs and just tethered them to the trailer while they rode. What they didn't realize was that, from the time they rode out of camp until the time they returned, those dogs barked. At everything. At nothing. They just barked.

Then again. . .I don't really like feral children in campgrounds, either. That's a whole other issue, though.

Don't misunderstand me - I LOVE dogs. I really miss having one of my own. My old Rottie was a fantastic trail dog because I took the time to train him and socialize him BEFORE just going out on trail and hoping he "behaved" himself.

If you choose to bring your dog with you, you HAVE to accept responsibility for it and you HAVE to remember that not everyone is a dog person. Not every horse/equine you meet on trail likes dogs, either.
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    06-03-2013, 01:04 PM
LOL Jolly Badger...we must be twins! I was going to post a thread here just about word for word to yours. This is something that is soooo annoying.
We take a small dog with us to camp. He is either on his long leash, on our lap or in the camper. I resent dogs running into our camp for all the reasons you stated, plus it is not safe for our little guy who is a bit territorial about "his stuff." People seem to think the leash rule does not apply to them. When we are riding he is in the camper and quiet (we have asked). He would set up a howl if someone rattled the camper door, but that's his job. I also resent walking past sites and having dogs charge out at us.
If people are going to take dogs they need to be respectful of others and stick to the rules. I also agree with you about the children thing. Dogs will do dog stuff and kids will do kid stuff, but most other campers are not interested in sharing the experience in their personal campsite.
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    06-03-2013, 01:06 PM
I remember being at a campsite where somebody was letting their large dog run loose. He did a dinner plate sized turd right at the door of my camper. I almost stepped in it. I like dogs, but I don't particularly like dog turds. Imagine how people that don't like dogs would feel.
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    06-03-2013, 03:15 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I like dogs, but I don't particularly like dog turds. Imagine how people that don't like dogs would feel.
To be fair, I can imagine the same argument coming from people that don't like horses.
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    06-03-2013, 03:25 PM
Don't often find horse-dislikers in a horse camp...nor do most horses go around pooping right outside a camper door as they usually somehow contained in a camp. Hopefully, anyway. : )
    06-03-2013, 08:08 PM
I was thinking more of horses pooping on the trails, and the (fortunately few) hikers and bikers who object.
    06-03-2013, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Thankfully the trails around here have some that are hikers-only so that tends to be a non-issue. Not to mention a pile of horse poo on a trail that is known to be open to horse riders is comparing apples to oranges when compared to dog poo right in your campsite - especially if there is a leash requirement.
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    06-04-2013, 10:08 AM
Horse poo is just green grass and water. Dog poo is dead rotting meat. Much smellier.
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