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Old 04-06-2018, 03:01 PM
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Default Dog Safety while camping in the wild?

I'm planning on going camping out in the desert for a few months next winter and I am taking my Chihuahua with me, but I wanted to make extra sure she is safe at ALL TIMES! I'm expecting to keep her inside the RV for safety but she does loves to go on walks on leash at my local park so I'm expecting to do the same while on vacation. However some safety ideas I were thinking were the following.

1. Getting a realistic owl and putting it on the RV to deter birds of prey from getting close (if I keep moving weekly it should be helpful still I think)

2. building a safe off leash area that is surrounded by a mesh fence and awning but she would only be there when I'm there too, but then at least we can relax and I don't have to keep watch and be on guard.

3. Maybe even getting an owl sound blaster? Do the even make such a thing? lol for walks on leash to further deture birds of prey?

I know I might be going a little overboard but, I'm a worry wart and safety always comes first. Any other ideas tips, products, or other suggestions that you may have? Have anyone else gone camping and had any issues?

I always have a 12-20ft. leash and usually I don't let her out the full lenight, and I live in an urban area with great amount of tree coverage so currently I don't have to worry about much of anything about wild animals. So maybe that is why I'm so worried.. thoughts..

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Old 04-06-2018, 03:27 PM
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I think you have thought of most everything! The mesh fenced in area should have a 'roof' over it though. You said an 'awning', maybe you meant a roof? Good luck with the adventure!
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:56 PM
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I think you have thought of most everything! The mesh fenced in area should have a 'roof' over it though. You said an 'awning', maybe you meant a roof? Good luck with the adventure!
Yea, I was thinking a heavy duty tarp say 8-12ft. wide and 20ft long would be set up for a roof but be attached to the van on one side and pitched for rain and wind. Plus I think a plastic chicken fence roll would line the the edges where the roof/tarp awning support beams would be. Then on the outside would be a mesh material which I could take down easily if there was a windy day or something.

Both two long sides would have mesh, the front opp. of the van would not have mesh. I mean it's gotta FEEL like outside still right lol.. maybe set back the fence 1-2ft. and put a few "patio items" to fill the space further so the opening would be much less. just like a apartment balcony has an open space. Should be safe enough right? I mean the bird would be entering a space that it would not be able to easily get back out of without landing and taking off the same small 8ft. by 4ft. entrance. Plus I'm sure a bird could punch through the roof tarp but that's more paranoid than practical I think right? lol

Plus I think blocking the bottom of the van up is a must, along with a "door snake" around much of the fence would be a good idea too. My Chihuahua is not a digger but if it's just a cheap plastic fence the extra wind support would help keep it lasting longer anyways.

I do think I thought of mostly everything, but just wanted to make sure and see if anybody else has done this before or has any other ideas that I may not have thought of.. I even seen online they do make a small dog rapture shield, might think about getting that as well..


Below is a pix of the tarp roof style I was thinking, but mine would be longer because why not! And the pitch would be different much more level with just a slight slope downward.


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Couldn't see any picture, but I'm sure that would suffice. Have fun.
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My idea's. I'd be very careful walking a true small chi any where on a leash. I've had it happen where larger dogs can come out of literally no where unexpectedly if I'm not being real alert. Also wild animals can do the same just watch some youtube videos of coyotes attacking and hiding in wait. Larger dogs have even snatched small dogs right out of peoples arms while holding them, so constantly be on guard. And if ever attacked turn and have your back to the attacking dog to protect the small dog. Having some kind of pepper spray would be a good safety thing as well.
Camping, never let your dog out of sight. I would not fence of a place on the ground, desert? There are snakes and scorpions and other such dangerous things in deserts. Then of course ticks and fleas. Best to keep a small dog with you all the time and always on a leash if he / she is on the ground and not being held. Small dogs think they are big dogs, but still there are a lot of dangers waiting for them. Just trying to be helpful.
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There are snakes, and insects almost everywhere. If he watches his chihuahua, I'm sure that everything will be OK.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:44 AM
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I wouldn't worry so much about how he will be on your trip. You have everything you need just starting with the rv.

We were living in an rv for about a year the first year we had both our chis in Fl. One is only 2 lbs and the other is 7 lbs. We did use a playpen; especially for the smaller one. They were just always where we were and loved to be on the bed staring out the window more then anything. What we didn't prepare for at first, we added but honestly they just were always kept on a leash, in the rv or the playpen.

We left during Hurricane Irma and could only take a few things from our choices. We even had a cat in the mix. We had to choose between the playpen and the kennel stroller and ended up choosing the playpen. We were kind of floating (like a lot of people from Fla) after the hurricane but rode away from it until we hit North Carolina. We had stacked our truck with gas tanks and luckily found literally one gas station at a point we couldn't go much farther in Georgia so we ended up staying in the truck for almost 16 hours straight for all the bad weather, etc. When we got to North Carolina, we bought a tent and basic supplies, a harness and long leash for the cat and extra blankets. It was Sept so still some really cold nights. We had a lot of clothes and other things for them for night and we had a lot of blankets. The rangers were giving all of us from Fla after the hurricane free firewood so we had a great time but did end up sleeping with the chis and cat in the truck at night while our teenagers mostly stayed in the tent (larger suv). We used the playpen A LOT! We did always have them on the leash with us and were most worried for Bella staying warm. Well we did have a little emergency for Bella with her teeth and had to find a local vet but everything turned out fine and we just added as we went along.

We stayed at a hotel for about two more months after that in our move to my home in NY (once everything was settled from the house damages) until our home closed here in NY around Christmas. These were unplanned adventures and we did what we could but had a good time in the mix and the chis were really always happy and adjustable. We had been told about animals by the rangers as a precaution to make sure the animals were in either the tent or car with us. Now other dogs and pets were another story..... And finding a hotel that would let us stay even with little chihuahuas was a nightmare but afterward, they really did adjust. I can't say enough how much the play pen really helped us so much (one of those pack and plays). Even in the hotel.

You should have a great trip with your chi! It's a lot of fun.
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I second that idea about playpens/pens in general. I have several Iris pens that I line with human washable pee pads (34x36"). They do sell 'roofs' for them, although I don't have them. A tarp like you said would act as a deterrent from birds of prey.
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