RVing with Pets

It’s beginning to look a lot like…CAMPING SEASON!

If you’re like many, that means cleaning out and packing up your camper…AND worrying about what to do with your dog.

Before you start calling friends, family, neighbors and kennels, know that your dog will be welcome in many campgrounds but there are a few considerations to tend to before you head out.

Plan Ahead. Check to make sure that there isn’t a “NO DOGS” rule wherever you plan to go.
Take a Picture of Your Dog. Make copies and take them with you – just in case.
Even if your dog isn’t a known “runner”, wildlife, scary storms and a new environment might cause them to flee the area. Photos that can be posted might lead to their safe return sooner. Also, micro-chipping and licensing will help.

Never Leave Your Dog Unattended. Weather conditions change and that “home in a tin can” can heat up rapidly. Loud noises can also cause canine distress. You took them with you for reason – so try and find dog-friendly activities to keep them near you and involved.

Upgrade Your Gear. There are lighted leashes and collars so that you can see your pet better at night. Raised dog beds allow for air circulation to keep them cool. Water and food storage gear keep essentials portable. Dog floatation devises will help to keep them safe. There are also pet backpacks, so that they an carry their own supplies.

Watch out for Allergies. Dogs have allergies, too. Watch for the signs and be prepared to act quickly – or – talk to your vet before you leave and get a dog-wise first aid kit. Also be sure your buddy is up-to-date on vaccinations, heart worm meds, etc. Also be prepared for mud and SKUNKS!

Bring Plenty of Toys. It’s a vacation – it needs to be FUN! A GoPro camera and harness can let you see the activities through your pet’s eyes, too!

Provide Extra Hydration. Good advise for humans and K9s!

And probably most important.

Consider a Trial Run. If you plan to go for an extended camping excursion – it might be wise to do a day or two trial run to find out if anything unexpected might occur. It’s easier to “fix it” when you’re close to home…

And yes, you might be able to leave your dog in your RV at a campground unattended for a short period of time, provided your dog is not a constant barker and you have planned properly for their safety and comfort. But know that some campgrounds do have strict rules against this for both your pets’ safety and the safety and respect of your RV neighbors, so again, be sure to PLAN AHEAD!