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  1. Bognor Saint

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    Looking at the avatars of posters on this forum it would seem many of you are dog owners. We are shortly picking up our first motor home and have a dog who we want to include in our travels. He has camped with us, been on boats and has coped well. When in the car he is in the boot and is behind a dog guard. However, whenever he gets in the car he sees this as a trip to the woods and displays much excitement ( he's a springer spaniel). Fine in the car as he is contained in a small space.
    What are people's experiences in a motor home? We don't want to go down the cage route. We have thought about a harness secured to a fixed point but would welcome any suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.
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    Hi Paul.
    Have to correct you our dog owns us :rolleyes:

    But we use a fixed point harness which works fine so long as Charlie can look through the window.
     
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    One of my springers......eventually he lies down! He is a very large springer, bigger than many labs. He adores the MH! He has a chest harness and I recline tge seat so he has a bit more room.

    You will have a great time together.
     
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    I should have introduced him, he's a Charlie too.
    Chest harness looks good.
     
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    Hi Bognor Saint,
    we have a manic cocker, she loves the moho,she sits in her bed that fits between the 2 front seats , 99% of the time she sits or sleeps in it while we travel . the 1 % is usually when we arrive somewhere & some one comes near the moho then she barks & gets very excited as spaniels do .
     
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    image.jpeg Our Cocker Seve is totally chilled when in the Motorhome but we decided he needed to be safe Tried harness and both him and out Terrier Murphy are dog houdinis so got them a folding cage each and they are very happy in them.
     
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    I've got a 3 year old Springer whose best mate is a 2 year old Cocker. They both consider the MH their own personal seaside transport. They travel in harnesses and seat belt loops and absolutely love it.
     
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    IMG_1805.JPG When our Moho is moving she stays between the cab seats and won't budge an inch so a harness fixed to a seatbelt mount is not a problem.

    Once stationary we have to fight her for the L shaped sofa at the rear.

    One of the main reasons we bought our moho so we could get away without having to find dog friendly accommodation or a dog sitter
     
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    We have two dogs and fasten their harness to a fixed point near the passengers seat belts. We make up the dining area into a small bed and they sit on that - it allows them to streach out and sleep in comfort but they are still safe. We were another one who bought the motorhome to allow the dogs to come with us
     
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    Not all dogs are happy when being driven .......

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    :france: :france: :france: :france:

     
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    Failing all this great advice, if you have a towbar you could attach a skateboard to it strap woofs footsies to it and Bob's your uncle , problem solved .dont forget goggles to keep dust from getting in his / her eyes. Lol.
     
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    Thanks for all your suggestions. It will be a case of suck it and see.
    We do have a towbar but I was going to use it for towing a couple of barrels essential fluid.
     
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    we had two labs (only one now)
    However in the van they are fitted with harnesses and clipped into a rear seat belt
    they travel on there beds on the floor in the lounge area
    As the saying goes start as you mean to go on
     
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    IMG_2103.JPG We are new to Motorhoming....Our Doodle has her harness clipped to a rear seatbelt ,she makes herself comfortable as you can see!!
     
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    Our seating is not conducive to fitting a seatbelt - and he fights like hell if we try to put a harness on him. So Jamie (a Westie) sleeps quite happily in his cage which fits nicely between the seats just behind the cab so he can see us if he wants. In fact now he gets upset if he isn't in his cage when the van is moving! We just make sure he gets a wee-wee walk as soon as we stop and just before we set off again.

    As someone else said, start as you mean to go on.
     
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    4M That looks like a good harness. What make is it please? We have tried a couple and our mut escaped before I even clipped it onto the seatbelt. We currently use a crate just behind the passenger seats.
    Chris
     
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    My two used to travel in a collapsible crate tied onto the bunk, but now they travel on the bottom rear bunk and wear a harness each with a seat belt clip attached to a running line. They can move up, down and around the bunk but not get off. :D Unfortunately a recent emergency stop has functionally tested the set up:( and has been assessed as serviceable.;)(y).
     
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    Our Charlie is also a springer. He loves going away in the MH as he knows there will be some long walking involved at some point. We harness him in the seating behind. He doesn't really like the harness and doesn't relax but as soon as we park up it's all forgotten. Happily sleeps at night in his basket and loves being on look out duty for pheasants in the country side from the MH window :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Same with our Springer, Mitzie, I would like to try her with a harness. Which one do you use?
    Chris
     
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    IMG_0867.JPG IMG_1007.JPG Hi Chris it's called clix car safe from amazon.
    Gill
     
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