QUOTE(campinggirl1964 @ Mar 1 2007, 06:54 PM)
Welcome, 2cats1dog! We have a six year old dog who is quite a barker and because of that we have not brought him along on our rving expeditions. Our neighbour has mentioned the collar to me a couple of times but I don't have the heart to put it on him - I've heard it's not a big deal, but it just seems rather cruel. I'm sure some dog obedience classes when he was younger would have helped significantly. I'm looking into a dog trainer now to see if he can help cure him (or us for letting him??) because we would love to be able to bring him with us. There is a thread called "Traveling with Dogs" in the General Chat forum that might help you out (the last post was in November 2006). Happy travels this spring!
It was our dog, Dilsea (the name means "loyalty" in Gaellic...she is a Welsh Terrier from Halifax, N.S., i.e, Celtic language and "roots") that got us into the RV travel in the first place. We leave her in the RV for up to 4 hours with the AC running, if needed. As long as she has her bed, her toys, her dish, and her water, I think she is fine....with no or minimal barkingwhile we are gone. We've asked neighbors over they years when we've done this, and they say she has been fine and they haven't heard anything.
We do leave the radio on (classical music from PBS has been best for us) and close down the shades. She always seems to be sound asleep when we return. We take her out for exercise and "attention" as soon as we return......and she is definitely an important part of our yearly travel experience.