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Old 05-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys! I am the very proud mommy of "2" four month old boxer boys. This is our first time having boxers and we are so in love!!

My husband and I love to go camping. We have a camp site reserved for Port St. Joe, Fl. coming up soon. I made the reservations last fall before we had the boys.

My husband is very concerned and feels that it is not a good idea to take them camping. Anytime I take them somewhere, I get compliments on how well behaved they are. However, they are still babies and in the evening time they love to wrestle with each other. My husband is concerned that the neighbor campers won't appreciate the entertainment as much as we do.

Also, at this campgrounds there is a beach on one side of the grounds and the bay on the other. If I remember correctly, the pups would not be allowed on the beach but I could take them to the bay for fun time in the water. They would enjoy that better anyway as the water in the bay is much calmer and more shallow. My husband is concerned saying "what if they get snake bit?" There are snakes anywhere you go camping. He also said, "what are you going to do about the pups if you want to go to the beach side?"

Please give me honest opinions. Are we being overprotective? Is this going to be more like work and less like vacation?

I love these boys so much and want them with us. I don't think I would enjoy myself if I thought they were at a kennel. But are my expectations for what they can handle too much?

Thanks for the help,

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How do your dogs act when they're left alone? Are you tent camping? If so, I don't think you can leave your dogs alone. If you have a camper, it depends on the temperament of the dogs. Barking dogs are NOT popular at campgrounds. We take our little dogs camping, but we usually leave Dempsey behind at our doggie day care/boarding kennel, b/c he has a better time there - lol! We have a very small camper, which is fine for our little dogs, but very confining for Dempsey. We don't plan our vacation around our dogs - we go to enjoy the beach and surrounding area, restaurants, etc.. If you plan on staying at the campground all the time, then it may be doable.
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Yes, what type of camping? If you have a big camper is it possibly to leave windows open a few hours and let them stay there after maybe a nice long hike/walk to fire them out so you two can enjoy yourselves. Also, are there any kennels/daycares close by where you will be camping? Maybe see if they can take them for a day. I have friends that use a kennel close to their vacation spot so they can visit the dogs during the day. Most places they've been too have been very understanding about letting them kind of come and go and take the dogs when they want.


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When they are left alone they are in their crate, but I don't work full time so they are not in it for long periods of time. We do tent camp and I wouldn't dare leave them at the tent while we went to the beach. I would be afraid that someone would steal them. I would take them with me to the bay and enjoy the sand and water on that side where they are welcome.

We do stay at the campgrounds the entire week except going to get ice or refill a few grocery items. We don't go into town to the restaurants as they are a good 20 miles away. The campgrounds is the state park on the peninsula. It is gorgeous there if you want to check it out.

I don't know. I have a friend that recommended a boarding kennel near us that doesn't just cage them all day so I may check it out. I would just rather they be with me.
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I don't know your financial situation, but if you're gonna be camping for a week, instead of taking them with you, could you get them in a board and train program for the week? Teach some basic obedience and be socialized with other people/ dogs.
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I have taken mine tent camping, cabin camping and trailer camping but never more than 2 at a time LOL when we went tent camping they stayed with us almost the entire time we did leave them with our daughter for a bit at the tent site while we had some adult time they did have a blast all week though if you are taking them tent camping you will need the following items tie out stakes with 12 foot cable ties not chains a collapsible kennel that will fit in the tent just in case (we only needed it once and were glad we had it didn't take up much car space ) food, water from home at least a gallon a day mine hate water from other areas and we had one collapse from dehydration because she refused to drink their water she did however decide bottled water was OK expensive lesson an extra collar and leash for each dog we have had one break and paid a ton to replace it where we were plus a 45 min drive DE or some bug repellent we have found that skin so soft from Avon is OK to use on dogs and works well and a doggy first aid kit we added to the one the store sold including rescue remedy and ACV if either of them needs any kind of meds split it in to 2 areas one the doggy bag and the other your bag just in case you lose one or they get damaged puppy deodorizer nothing is worse than sharing a tent with a dog that got in lake muck and smells like a dead fish hopefuly others chime in with things I have forgotten
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we always take ours camping, Brooklyn has gone since puppyhood and is now a pro! She has always slept in the tent with us, and its never been a problem. We have always take her crate incase she got to roudy and just needed to rest.. and when yoounger we took a plastic play pen fence type thing, we put together so she could be in it as well, I have a video somewhere of our camping trip, I will have to see if I can find it....out thought process, was this, we want them to grow up around camping, it make be stressful at first, but in the long run it will be worth it, because as they get older they will know what camping is, and will learn how to behave having grown up doing so, and boy was I right, I could not imagine not having mine there now, it's so fun
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Video looks like a nice little camping spot. Unfortunately almost all places around here require the dog to be leashed the entire time.
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is there a boarding facility near where your going? that way they could spend sometime with you and some there?
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