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Getting Your Dog Used to Podding

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Forum Name: Camping with pets
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Topic: Getting Your Dog Used to Podding
Posted By: LotusBlossom
Subject: Getting Your Dog Used to Podding
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2013 at 6:18pm
Hi All,

We just picked up our R Pod yesterday and here in the driveway our 6 year old Golden Retriever doesn't even want to come in the door.  She's going to be coming camping with us this coming weekend and many thereafter.  Any tips or tricks you've used to get your dog used to camping.  I was able to coax her in with a treat once but that didn't work when I tried it again.  


2009 Chevy Trailblazer
2013 RP 176
2 kids and a dog

Posted By: francoisfrogpod
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2013 at 8:01pm
Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of podding! I have a yorkie/maltese mix little guy that goes camping with us. My problem is not so much getting him IN the pod as getting him OUT of the pod. He really believes we live there and the house is, well, just somewhere we go sometimes. Once you take your girl camping a few times, she'll get it! 

Denny and Linda

2013 Pod 177
'08 Santa Fe

Posted By: Chops
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2013 at 9:59pm
Try feeding your dog all of her meals and treats in the Pod. Not a bite of food outside of it. Bring her out a few times a day just for a really special treat only when she gets in it. If she still won't get in it, just bring her near it and work your way up. Treat her in the driveway, then next to the trailer, then when she puts a paw on the step, etc. Make it a game and really praise her when she's near or in the pod. Best of luck and don't get frustrated... that will just make her think that pod puts you in a bad mood and she will never like it!

Posted By: LotusBlossom
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 8:47pm
You'll be glad to know that our dog did great on her first trip!  She got IN and OUT of the pod and besides some panting laid down.  I think the highlight for her was the swimming in Lake Michigan and then rolling in the sand afterwards Smile  Looking forward to many more trips with our 4 legged girl!

2009 Chevy Trailblazer
2013 RP 176
2 kids and a dog

Posted By: techntrek
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 9:26pm
A pod is just a really big dog house...

Doug ~ '10 171 (2009-2015) ~ 2008 Salem ~ - Pod instruction manual

Posted By: Keith-N-Dar
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 9:37pm
The only problem our dogs have with the pod is the male dog (Boris) keeps looking at it when we are towing. Its like "why is that white thing following us?"

Boris & Betty (Boston Terriers)
2011 R-Pod 177
2010 Ford F-150

Posted By: Outbound
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 10:20pm
Just leave the door open and long-leash your dog up outside the r-pod with enough slack so that she can walk inside the r-pod.  Then, don't make a big deal of it as you load things in the r-pod, or work inside it (even read a book at the dinette table for 20 minutes), or otherwise be in and out of the r-pod.  Show your dog that not only do you have no fear of the trailer, but that you feel comfortable inside it.  Your dog just has to get used to this new thing and see you moving in and out of it.  Let her decide when to stick her nose in; don't coax her.  It should take about 10-15 minutes before she sticks her nose in and another 10 before she joins you inside.

Craig :: 2009 RP171 towed by a 2017 F150

Posted By: rodroc
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2014 at 5:50pm
Originally posted by techntrek

A pod is just a really big dog house...

Could not have said it better

Rod M - DPF Delete Packages

Posted By: shroomer
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2014 at 11:08pm
Our dog gave the steel step a funny look so we put a strip of carpet on it. She loves the pod. She feels like she's in her cage (dgohouse) and very secure. Also, she can come over and lick us anytime she wants when we're sleeping.

Larry and Debbie w/Rosie the mutt. Old: '13 177, '06 Silverado V6
New: '15 Whitehawk 20MRB '14 Silverado V8

Posted By: Budward
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2014 at 1:47pm
Originally posted by Keith-N-Dar

The only problem our dogs have with the pod is the male dog (Boris) keeps looking at it when we are towing. Its like "why is that white thing following us?"

Made me laugh!   I swear our Shepherd mix is always looking out the windshield, you can almost see her thinking "What's wrong with you?  The cars are getting away!  I need to herd them!"

As for getting the dog in, I'd just really go low key, don't even try to get her in....spend time in the camper and I bet she'll come in eventually.  Our dogs will do almost anything if chicken is involved....

Our Labradoodle gives me problems keeping him out.   I'll be in there working and if I left the door open he'll blast in at full bore every few minutes, jump all over the furniture and try to give me a face lick if my hands are occupied then blast back out the door!   Repeat every 5 minutes.

2014 179
Towed by a 2015 Ford Transit Diesel
Supervised by a German/Aussie mix and a Labradoodle!

Posted By: 3ofUs
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2014 at 8:34am
Our 17 pound Lab/Spitz travels with us and loves camping. In fact we put her on a leash outside when loading because she wants to follow in and out as we load the camper. My suggestion would be to personalize your camper with your dog's things, and by all means feed her inside to get her use to it. Because we kept kicking the water bowl, I finally came up with the idea of a small bowl of water placed into a large bowl of same design. Now if we bump it, the water will be contained in the larger bowl.

Posted By: LvyaRain
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 2:48pm
I have the same problem as shroomer, because my labradoodle does not like the bare metal steps...carpet or a roofing shingle would help him with more confident footing.  Since he's getting on in years, I might even look into modifying with a double step...with secure carpet.
   Otherwise, once he's in, he's super happy on his bed in front of the fridge of my cousin's 179, a perfect fit for him.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller
Honda Ridgeline AWD
Future: RainPod 179 or 182G

Posted By: Larry-D
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 2:52pm
Carpet on the step(s) helped our dogs a lot.

Posted By: mcarter
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2017 at 3:10pm
I have an English Bulldog, he is a little heavy. I have a small step that allows him easier access to bed, yes he can sleep on bed:)

Mike Carter
2015 178
" I had the right to remain silent, I just didn't have the ability."

Posted By: coopercdrkey
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2018 at 5:06pm
I guess we were lucky in that our pups took to it immediately.  They are so attuned to camping that they can tell when we begin staging the gear and follow us everywhere lest they be left behind!  They particularly enjoy lounging in the r-dome watching the camping world go by...

Bob and Joyce
Jennifer and Baxter, the Campin' Cocker Spaniels
RP 177 "Key Pod"
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT / Z71

Posted By: Brent S
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2018 at 6:45am
Honestly, the dog is the main reason I got the camper.  Most motels don’t like dogs, and Espechially pit bulls!  I could have stayed in a lot of nice hotels for the price of this thing, but refuse to leave my baby.  Now we have the best of both worlds, comfort and the family stays together.  My dog will go anywhere just to be with us.

Posted By: Brent S
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2018 at 6:47am
Lol, where else would a respectable dog be!

Posted By: crw8sr
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2018 at 12:28pm
Our two girls; Izzy a Morkie and Zoe Joy a rescue Yorkie; love to go podding.  

Chuck & Lyn
Izzy, Morkie. RIP
Zoe Joy & Gracie, Yorkie
2018 R Pod 190   
2019 Traverse

In moments of adversity;when life's a total wreck, I think of those worse off than me and really feel like heck.

Posted By: wooleeman
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2018 at 4:03pm
Originally posted by mcarter

I have an English Bulldog, he is a little heavy. I have a small step that allows him easier access to bed, yes he can sleep on bed:)

+1  Although my bulldog is now 11 she still manages to get up on the bed although I do have to help her off. I don't know if I could sleep without the snoring (white noise) in the background. Just started camping last year and she's a trooper.

2016 RP-179
2014 Silverado Crew Cab. 6-1/2' Bed
English Bulldog (DOB 9/18/2007)

Posted By: mcarter
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2018 at 4:24pm
He is the biggest sweetheart. Just likes attention. In 1972 I was the handler for Chesty the mascot at USMC, MCRD, San Diego, what a trip that was:)

Mike Carter
2015 178
" I had the right to remain silent, I just didn't have the ability."

Posted By: Stealth_81
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2019 at 2:06pm
Our German Shepherd loves the R-Pod. She does refuse to use the step, though, and jumps right from the ground into the camper or from the camper to the ground. She quickly claimed the dinette bed as hers and patiently waits for us to put it down to a bed and put a sheet cover on the cushions before she jumps up for night time.

2018 R-Pod 179
His - 2019 F-150 Super Crew 3.5 Eco
Hers - 2016 4-Runner 4.0 V-6

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