As a dog owner, your pup as part of the family, and you want to be able to take them with you when you leave on an RV trip. In fact, the ability to travel with your pet, in a homey environment, is one of the best things about traveling in an RV; you can easily take your dogs with you, without having to worry about finding a ‘pet-friendly’ hotel. With few exceptions, RV and state and national parks are very pet friendly.
While RV travel with your dogs is relatively simple, there are a few things you need to know, in order to make sure both you, and your dog, have a stress free trip.
Crate Your Dogs While Driving
You may think you can simply let your dog walk around the motorhome while you’re driving, but that’s not a good idea. Not only are you putting your pets at risk, but you could create a dangerous situation for yourself, and everyone on the road, if your dog jumps up into the driver’s area while you are on the highway. Instead, make sure your dogs have a secure place in the motorhome, like a crate, where they can be secured during the trip. They will likely be more comfortable this way anyway, and they may just fall asleep during the drive. You could also put up a baby gate, and lock them out of the cockpit area of the motorhome. Of course, if you are a couple, the passenger should be in charge of keeping the dogs calm, and out of the way of the driver. The sofa in an motorhome is often a good place to secure the dogs, but look for a solution that works for your needs, based on the size and temperment of your dogs.
Take Potty Breaks
Both you and the dogs should get out of the RV every few hours, during a long day of driving. Make it a point to stop at least once every few hours during a long road tip, to walk the dogs, let them have a drink, and enjoy the sights and scents of new environments. There are usually rest areas along the way, with nice, designated areas for your dog to sniff around and do their business.
Don’t Take Your A/C for Granted
Even if your RV has air conditioning, don’t take it for granted that you will be able to keep your dogs cool enough on a hot summer day. If the electrical system is overloaded at the campground, which is common, when everyone running their air conditioners at once, you could lose power, and your dog could trapped in a hot RV if you are away. Park in the shade, or keep your awning out. Be careful in the summer, and always be on the safe side, to make sure your pup is safe in the heat.
Keep Your Dog on a Leash and Under Control
Even if a campground is dog friendly, and even if you know your dogd are harmless people lovers, you shouldn’t assume that everyone feels the same as you do about dogs. Some people are afraid of dogs, and others simply don’t like them. Whatever the case, show respect for those around you, and keep your dog under control at all times.