One of the reasons people buy RV’s is because they want to take their dog with them wherever they go.  There is nothing better than a pet-friendly trip with all the comforts of home, this results in much happier dogs!

Here are some things to look for, plan for and tips to make your four-legged family member happy on your RV road trip.

  1. Dogs are not always allowed in RV parks
  • Go online and research pet policies at all campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, national and state parks before you head out.
  1. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date
  • Best to discuss this with your veterinarian before leaving, mention where you are traveling as vaccinations may vary.
  • It is also a good idea to do a general health visit before you leave.
  1. Create a pet information packet to keep in the RV
  • Have copies of vaccination info, pictures, and licensing information.
  • Make sure your dog has an identification tag on, at all times, with the number you can be reached at while you are traveling.
  1. Introduce your dog to the RV before going on an RV vacation
  • Practice going up and down the RV stairs.
  • Show them their bed and let them settle into their second home.
  1. Pack all the right gear
  • Start by making a list of everything your pet uses on a daily basis.
  • You can always keep a leash, bowl, toys, etc. in your RC at all times so you don’t have to worry about packing them each time.
  • Have extra leashes and collars to allow for lost or broken ones, check for leash laws in the campground you are staying (some won’t allow long leashes).
  • Drinking water – if your dog has a sensitive tummy this may avoid any upset.
  • Old Towels
  • Doggy waste bags, pick up what they leave.
  • Your dog’s favorite bed or blanket.
  1. Make plans to limit any doggie anxiety through your trip
  • Create a safe space in the RV for your dog, whether it be their bed, crate, bunk or seat most dogs need a space to retreat to.
  • Have a plan and routine for leaving your dog alone in the RV for brief periods of time.
  • Figure out a safe and comfortable traveling place for your dog. Putting them in a towable in NOT recommended.
  • Try and maintain your dog’s schedule as close to normal as possible.
  • Research pet-friendly activities and restaurants in advance, so your dog can participate in as many experiences as possible.
  1. A pet first aid kit, although not necessarily essential but could be a lifesaver
  • Scissors
  • Sterile eyewash
  • Tweezers
  • Tick remover tool
  • Vet Wrap
  • Gauze & Telfa pads
  • Medical Tape
  • Antiseptic Wash or Wipes
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Latex Gloves
  • Benadryl – Check doses with your Vet before leaving home
  1. Respect those around you, not everyone loves our dogs like we do!

Happy Camping!

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