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Old 03-28-2018, 07:30 AM   #1
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Dog, camping in CA before trailer is sent over to US

Hello...

A couple of questions for you connoisseurs:

1) Dog: What is required for our dog to cross over to Canada where we will be getting the orientation when we pick up our trailer. Any experiences with dogs in Canada's RV parks you can share?

2) We wanted to stay one night in CA, near the Escape factory (for one night) to ensure all was working ok before trailer is sent over to US--is this possible?

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Old 03-28-2018, 11:28 AM   #2
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1. In reality, probably nothing. A huge percentage of time that we cross, despite our little one expressing herself that she'd like to bite the border guard , they don't ask anything about our dog.

But, obviously, we are prepared with her papers if we're asked if she's had her shots.

2. Many folks do this. Since you don't take possession of the trailer until after it's crossed the border most stay in places within a relatively short drive away. There isn't any restriction for you, you could take delivery at Dave's Burgers and come right back into Canada if you find a place that you'd rather stay at.

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Old 03-28-2018, 11:35 AM   #3
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Confirmation of a rabies shot within the last 3 years is the only thing needed, but we too have never been asked. They usually have a biscuit for the dog too.
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Old 03-28-2018, 11:43 AM   #4
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Dogs crossing the border? If you don't have the needed docs, just be prepared for Murphy's Law to bite . I think the biggest 'deal' is the type/kind of dog food you can cross with at the border...
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I always have a letter from my vet showing which shots have been given and that they are current. I normally get one every year. As far as staying near by, I'd suggest once they import the trailer you can camp anywhere, I believe there is a KOA near Sumas where it crosses the border. You can also stay at Best Western, next door to Escape with your dog before hand, they have pet rooms available. That was where we stayed for 3 nights before our pickup, really nice place an you can walk over to Escape. Also with the exchange rate and Escape discount, very affordable.
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Old 03-28-2018, 11:55 AM   #6
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To clarify Ron's comment above: the trailer MUST cross into the US the same day as orientation/pick up. ETI will have already filed the importation documentation dated for that day. ETI's professional driver will use the commercial border lanes to cross and legally import your trailer to the US. You do not have the option to take possession in Canada and stay in Canada, as a US buyer.

So, you take physical possession in the US. You are then welcome to cross back into Canada, towing your trailer, to camp for a day or how ever long.

Many new owners camp in the US, near the border, but do not go back into Canada unless necessary. Linden, WA is one such location.
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you need a proof of rabies shot cert signed by a vet (rabies tag will not work). I've been asked but only once in 10 years. i usually bring canned dog food and a small unopened bag of dog food knowing that there might be issues with dog food crossing but never had any issues with it. Most people just stay in WA after picking up the trailer since its already in WA. you are still very close to Escape if something goes wrong.
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What is required for our dog to cross over to Canada where we will be getting the orientation when we pick up our trailer.
A couple of relevant web pages from the Government of Canada:
Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs
Import Policies - Pet Food

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Any experiences with dogs in Canada's RV parks you can share?
Parks typically require that a dog be on a leash, and not left unattended anywhere (even your own trailer). Dogs are typically allowed in campgrounds and on trails; however, they are not permitted in a few areas, including some trails, even on a leash (typically because they can cause problems for wildlife, or for other people on the trail). Since detailed rules vary between parks, it makes sense to check the websites for the specific parks of interest.

On traveller reports based on their personal experience including a visit to Banff that
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... the policies regarding pets in the Canadian National Parks are significantly more welcoming than those we typically find in the US.
I have no idea if this is valid or not. We didn't have any issues travelling with our dog, but didn't spend much time in national parks with him, and didn't take him to the U.S.
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Dogs are typically allowed in campgrounds and on trails; however, they are not permitted in a few areas, including some trails, even on a leash
Some people's idea of a leash is one that spools out to 20' and retracts by pushing a button. I suspect that is why the rule is no dogs, not even on a leash.
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Some people's idea of a leash is one that spools out to 20' and retracts by pushing a button. I suspect that is why the rule is no dogs, not even on a leash.
Truth!

I have been starting to see more signs for 3m(6') leashes only. I still think that is too long. In my opinion, when walking with a dog in a public area it should be at heel, which is literally right beside you. They should only be allowed to run around when off leash in an appropriate area.

It really bugs me when I get in trouble for not using a leash with Jasper, yet he is fully under control at heel, yet it is okay for someone else nearby with an untrained dog running all over the place on a 20-30' retractable leash.
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