Outside Accommodation For Retreiver

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  1. Dave F

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    We've just had taken our aging (13 yr old) retriever away with us for the first time and she really didn't like it. Pacing up and down in the van all night, keeping us awake, also due to age she needs a nappy but that leaked - not nice in a confined space... And due to arthritic hips had to be lifted in and out of van all the time and stumbled often when unwisely jumping out by herself.

    To cut a long story short, dog was stressed out and so was wife.

    I've been told that some motorhomers sleep their dogs outside in a small tent . I'm wondering if thats a good idea or not - Has anyone tried this? How do you ensure dog is secure enough ?

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    Not a good idea IMO for an elderly arthritic incontinent dog to be left outside when used to being inside. Better to buy a pen/crate for inside the van, with familiar blanket/toy so the dog will settle.
     
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    The poor dog was obviously stressed & not happy to be there & it's far too cold to leave a dog in that condition outside at night.
    Our old arthritic Dalmatian loves to come with us.
    He has to be helped in & out nowadays though thankfully no issues toiletwise (yet) & sleeps in the "garage", it's the warmest place in the van as it's right next to the boiler.
    We found he sleeps better/longer when he's warm, though obviously not hot.
     
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  4. Wildbill

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    Maybe best to leave it with family sounds like it's something it's not used to never done do leave your dog out side at home poor thing is 91 years old would you want to be outside at 91
    if possible would it not be better to leave it with a friend or family
    so sorry for you're troubles with your dog think you need to re assess the situation regarding the dog think I would rather be at home if I was 91 incontinent and arthritic
    bill
     
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  5. Wildbill

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    You may think I am heartless but once any of my animal show any signs like that they go to doggy haven
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    I know Bill.
    See that wife of mine getting a bit unsteady on her pins !
    What to do !
    o_O :sneaky: ;)
     
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  7. Wildbill

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    their is only one answer walk down to the vet's in order (y)
     
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    No, no, no..... To humane.
    The torture that woman has put me through !
     
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    think it' the rat poison then :Eeek:
     
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    Hi Dave F

    At the age of 13 your dog is set in her ways and with her health problems IMV it isn't really a good idea to take her with you in the MH. As has been suggested perhaps seeing if someone could look after her for you would be the best bet, alternatively you could try taking her into the MH at home every day for an hour or so, so she gradually gets used to it ... unfortunately though I fear she's a bit too old for that now.
     
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    OK no camping out for doggie then, though obviously I'm talking about warmer summer months, not putting her outside in this weather, and just wondered whether other dogs did this as I'd been told it does happen,.. . Pity 'cos we'd hoped bring her in the motorhome was the answer to the fact she gets stressed when left with others or in kennels and she'd be able to join us in the van.

    An inside Pen/crate big enough for a labrador is far too big for our motorhome!!

    I think Minxy girl is onto something - this was her first time, so regular visits/outings in the van will help, I'm sure.
     
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    like minx says just start slowly she might get used to it but at 91 she's a bit set in her ways.
    You know what a 91 year old person is like muttering away saying bloody young uns these days with there new fangled ideas .
    who do they think they are bringing me out in this contraption and if they thing I am sleeping in that bloody cloth kennel they got another thing f:swear2: coming I will piss on his seat if it's the last thing I do
    bill
     
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    The solution is daily visits to the van if possible. Feed her in motorhome and chill out for some time. Start short and increase the length in the van. Build up to an overnight at home. Waterproof membrane under her bed in case of accidents. With a little effort you will be able to take a relaxed dog.
     
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    You could try getting her used to the motorhome but in small steps. Start with just being in the van for a few minutes with her giving her lots of fuss and attention. Gradually extend the durations of time spent in the motorhome. If and when she gets to a point where she will settle in the motorhome try sleeping in it with her but on the drive at home so if it all goes badly you can revert back to the house.

    D.
     
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    My dog is 13 this year and loves the MH, just saying the word gets him excited as he knows it usually means a trip to a beach and new adventures. Perhaps you could try taking the dog on a short journey to the beach, park etc then it might settle quicker.

    We will need to purchase a dog ramp soon, maybe you could think along those lines too to help aid your dogs mobility in and out the MH.
    Good luck , hope it settles in.
     
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    Dogs love routine and the familiar. They also pick up stress and concern. Definitely daily trips to the MH, make yourself a cuppa and sit down and relax rather than hover anxiously around her.
    We did use an outside tent for our dogs in the summer but we had to put up with a lot of grumbling and whimpering until they got used to it. Given her age it might be a a harsh to expect her to learn to sleep outside.
    Good luck!
     
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    Some brilliant ideas there but only one thin I don't think this dog as done much traveling any way think abut when your 91 arthritic and in continent would you want to go to the sea side or the park.
    the poor old sole just want's to stay to her own ways have her usual sleeping place the bit of favourite garden spot
    her diner in her usual boil.
    and if she feels like it a walk round her territory and maybe a bark Frome time to time at the post man
    Set in her ways doubt you can change her
    Good luck in trying but with all those problems t could make motor homing a more stressful experience for the poor dog and its companions
    bill
     
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    Hiya and welcome
    We live in wrenthorpe , Wakefield.
    I'm afraid I'm with Bill on this one too. Especially with your large dog being incontinent , and having to wear a nappy.
    Buster our border terrier, has never enjoyed the journey. Pacing up and down. But in his fabric crate, he lays and pants till we get there. He loves the fact he's going, just not the journey.
    We are hoping the PVC will be less squeaky and rattley.
    He travels well in a car, so we think that's the problem.
    Our old dog Ruby was 16 and a half when she was put to sleep , a couple of months ago. She loved traveling in the mh. She had doggy dementia , couldn't walk far, kept having mad fits of running about energy , then collapsing . Walking into rooms generally wandering about all day , sniffing the floor, or just sleeping.
    We have to make decisions we don't like sometimes. If she had been incontinent as well, our decision would have been easier.
     
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    You've just about perfectly described my Mother! :LOL:
     
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    I absolutely agree with everyone about the end times for our dog.

    We've been watching her get older and know its just months away till her quality of life is not good, and when that time comes, we will do the right thing. But at home she has a good quality of life and is not stressed out at all, and full of fun.

    Obviously though the motorhome trip stressed her out and as I said to my wife, if she was like that at home she'd be off to the vet tomorrow.

    Trouble is, its OUR quality of life that's being affected, not hers at the moment. It seems a bit selfish to have a dog put down just so we can go on holiday and even if we did, I don't think we'd enjoy our trips, knowing what we had to do to achieve it!.

    I guess were looking forward in a strange way to her quality of life at HOME getting bad, then problem solved :(
     
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