In the spring of 2014, we adopted Hairy Barry, a sweet, lovable Flat-Coated Retriever with some serious anxiety issues, most of which appeared when camping in our RV. Barry’s “not-so-good” behaviors include running away from our home/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, obnoxiously barking at other dogs, and an over-active prey drive.
This is the third article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.
In the year that Hairy Barry has lived with us, we’ve tried many, many things to help calm his anxiety, which occurs mostly when we are RV Camping. Many of the strategies have been successful, and I’m happy to report that Barry’s behaviors are improving. There are several things that we tried along the way that didn’t help The Hairy Dude’s anxiety at all. And in some cases, these strategies increased his anxiety. Read on to discover the four strategies that we tried, but didn’t work.
This is the second article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.
Introducing Hairy “Houdini” Barry to a new household was stressful for our new furry friend. Add a handful of a quirky dog personality and blend with a family who likes to divide time between a house and a frequently moving RV. The result is the perfect recipe for dog anxiety, which was manifested in some “not-so-good” behaviors, including frequently running away from our house/campsites, severe Separation Anxiety, an over-active prey drive, and obnoxious barking at other dogs.
As we approach our second camping season with Barry, I am hopeful that RVing will be more relaxed and enjoyable this time around. We’ve been educating ourselves and taking steps that we hope will help Hairy Barry to settle in and settle down. We wanted to share the things that we’ve learned along the way in hopes that it can help our fellow RVers with dog anxiety issues.
This is the first article in the “Hairy Barry Chronicles,” a series about RV Camping with a newly adopted, absolutely adorable, extremely lovable, anxious dog.
Hairy “Houdini” Barry is the sweetest, most cuddliest dog I have ever met about 85% of the time. It’s the 15% that we struggle with and it occurs almost exclusively when we camp. Here are Barry’s trifecta of not-so-good behaviors that make camping/RVing with him a bit, errr… challenging.
- He is a “Runner.”
- He has Separation Anxiety.
- He constantly barks at other dogs and wants to chase and pounce on all small furry things.
RVing BEFORE Harvest Hosts
Picture this. You are on vacation. For several days, you hopscotch to various destinations so you can thoroughly explore an area. Or maybe you’ve been driving for hours and need a break. Out of necessity, you are grateful to come across the parking lot of a rest area, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club to rest your weary head.
RVing AFTER Harvest Hosts
Now picture this… at the end of a long day of traveling, you pull into a winery or a farm. An incredible landscape unfolds before you with beautiful flowers, trees, a vineyard, and sometimes, animals. You step out of your RV, take a deep breath, pull up a chair and slow down for the night in lovely, peaceful surroundings.
We live in Ohio and usually travel and camp in Bessie the RV regionally. When possible, we bring our car along, and it allows us to run errands, zoom all over the park and the city, etc. Our Niagara Falls/Finger Lakes journey was our first big trip in the RV and we decided that Bessie would serve as both our home and our mode of transportation as we visited the region. Afterall, we told ourselves, portability and flexibility was one of the main reasons we bought a Class C RV.
I (Chris) drive Bessie (our 28′ Class C Motorhome) most of the time. I have a tendency to get motion sick if I’m not driving and Ted (my husband) tends to get a little drowsy in a moving vehicle. Soooo….it works best for everyone when I’m the Captain.