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Message posted by wantawander on 18/1/2007 at 9:13pm
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We've recently acquired a new Westie puppy and want to start motorhoming with her soon. Does anyone have any tips on motorhoming with a puppy and staying sane?

She's a little demon at the moment 10 weeks old, full of mischief and almost house trained. She currently sleeps in the kitchen and is no trouble at night, but I can't imagine her allowing us to sleep all night when we're so near to her in the van.



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We also have a Westie, and had quite a problem with her being sick in the car. It took a year for her to get out of that. Regarding the van, she also sleeps in the kitchen at home, and we take her bed and toys into the van, and place it on the floor next to the bed. The only seats she is allowed on is the Drivers & Passengers with throws over, and when on site she likes sitting there and noseying as Westies do. When we go to bed she normally goes to sleep on the Drivers seat, and comes down to her bed in the middle of the night when it gets colder. We have only ever been disturbed in the middle of the night once , when a hedgehog was wandering below the van and all hell let loose !!.

 

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we have got a 9 mth old rotty, he just sleeps on the floor now, however we did use a training / travelling crate this also helped with the house training, you can also get fold up crates made from material these are ideal to keep dog in one place such as overnight, in fact ours just used to take his self off to it whenever he fancied a quiet time to himself. I still use a crate in the back of my truck when travelling, stops him jumping about or falling etc .......Mark

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Thanks, David - we'll take your tip on allowing access to the passenger and driver seat.

Also, thanks Mark. We have a crate which she sleeps in happily at night and when we're out, but with the door open. I'm trying to get her used to having the door shut for short spells, but not having much success - she just whines and yaps. Do you think she's too young for that yet?

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Jan & Ralph,

Noting your comment re the crate, Westies have a mind of their own and are very stubborn. Ours is now 6 years old and we still have a chase round the house to try and get her coat on when it is wet outside. Once the coat is on, no problem, a bit like school kids on a wet day!.

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Try putting her in the crate, shut the door and cover her over with a blanket this will sometimes do the trick once they are used to the door being shut fold the blanket back so it is just on the top of the crate.

Don't know if your camper van has a gap between driver/ passenger seat but dog show people tend to put a 'Croft' panel which acts like a baby gate - safer for travelling etc.

www.croftonline.co.uk  web address for them.



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The only seats she is allowed on is the Drivers & Passengers with throws over, and when on site she likes sitting there and noseying as Westies do.

My dog is allowed on the driver or passenger seat. It keeps him amused for ages watching the world go by. At night he either sleeps there or on the floor.



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We have two dogs and they have both Motorhomed from Puppies.

The Staffy mainly uses the driver or passenger seats, occaisionly the floor if its hot, the Cocker Spaniel has a small material crate that he likes to hide in.


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I'll bet my puppy ends up on all my seats when I finally get a m/h but I will be putting protective throws over all the seats so we can all cuddle together

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We also have a westie who has been quite used to travelling in the motor home since we got her.  Initially we put her in her carry box on the seat, wedged between the table and the seat back, but I think being that high up was rather unsettling for her and now she is old enough just to lay down on her own blanket under the table.  At night, when the table is lowered to form the bed, she has her own 'bunk' on her nice thick blanket, with her toys, beneath the table.  I also put another blanket on the end of my quilt for her just in case she gets cold, although she rarely uses it.   She knows she's only allowed there if her own blanket is on there or on the bench seat if the cover is on it.  She knows she's not allowed on any seats that are not covered.  The only problem we do have is when we are parked up, as she doesn't come back if let off the lead, so we have a long lead secured to the D ring door handle and she can lay outside or get under the van or come up inside for her food and water if she wants, so she has freedom, but can't escape.

 

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Gotta admit we have a little monster too, he's really good in the van, just lays on his blanket on the back seat and lords it. After seeing an article on animals becoming lethal projectiles in accidents, I am going to get him a harness that clips onto the seat belt, more for his safety than anything else.

We also have a converted estate/hatch dog guard between the front seats, so he doesn't wander round our feet.

Main thing is be safe and enjoy your Westie, hoping to take Sam to France this year so gotta invest in a pet passport.


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For travelling we have one of the Fabric type crates that we use, they both go in together, parked up it tends to be a bit of a free for all as to who can get the best seats first :-)

The Staffy has taken to lying on the front dash area of the cab, which in a Hymer A-Class is a large carpeted area, suppose it keeps the inside of the windscreen clear!


We did have a metal travel cage but it doesn't fit in our current van so is for sale.


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Thanks for all the replies. It looks as though everyone manages to make motorhoming with doggie a trouble free process. I agree that it's good idea to use a harness for the dog's and our own safety. I think the fabric crate seems a good idea - should keep the draft off as well.

We took the little demon in there on Sunday just to introduce her to her second home - had lunch in there on the drive at home. She had a good sniff around and found the bung from the shower tray and spent the whole time playing with it happily, then went to sleep. As it's only there to prevent ingress of creepy crawlies we don't mind it being chewed a bit.

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We have a new puppy (miniature Dachshund) he is only 12 wks old and we are taking him out in the MH this weekend for the 1st time. we plan to take his crate with us which he sleeps well in at home and has done since birth. our only problem i see is traveling he is not totally happy with traveling in the car, we have a seat belt harness and a travel basket it should be fun

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We have two labradoodles who motor home with us - they travel well and are usually so knackered from all the activities that they do nothing but sleep back at the van.

One sleeps between the cab sets and the other under the dinete.

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