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.
The Hairy Barry Chronicles didn’t start as a series. It was originally written as one very long article that ended up being over 2,500 words! I later divided it into three articles that delve into Barry’s behaviors and what we’ve tried to help calm his anxiety:
- Part One: RV Camping With An Adorable, Anxious Dog goes into detail about Barry’s history and his behaviors.
- Part Two: Nine Tips For RV Camping With An Adorable, Anxious Dog: What’s Working (so far) discusses the strategies that we tried and seem to be working to help Barry’s anxiety.
- Part Three: Four Strategies That DIDN’T Help Our Anxious Dog shares some things that we tried, but ultimately did not help Barry’s anxiety to go away.
- Update: Check in to see if things improved for Hairy Barry the next camping season.
I am delighted to report that Barry’s anxiety is getting better. The Hairy Barry Chronicles shares the joy and challenges in rescuing a loving, anxious dog in hopes of supporting my fellow RVers who might find themselves in a similar situation.
Thank you for your interest in and enthusiasm for our sweet Hairy Barry. We love him so much… can you tell? Feel free to ask questions and share any tips of what has or hasn’t worked for your anxious dog.
With Appreciation, Chris
Update 4/17/16: This is difficult news to share. We lost Hairy Barry to Cancer. We were completely stunned to learn of this development and heartbroken to say goodbye to our beloved furry friend. Thanks to all for your delight at his antics and for caring about our journey with Hairy Barry. We’ve decided to leave these posts up for the time being because they help us to remember him with a smile. Also, because we want to help other RVers with anxious dogs. Hug your furry friends for us and say prayer for Hairy Barry.