For some reason, RV owners tend to be dog owners as well. Maybe it has something to do with people who love the outdoors also loving animals. Whatever the connection may be, you will find that travelling in an RV with your dog can be a rewarding experience. As you might imagine, however, there are a few difficulties which will need to be handled if you are going to have successful and enjoyable trips for both you and your pet.
Please check out the five tips below to prepare for an RV adventure with your beloved dog.
#1 – Prepare in the Same Manner
Just as you have a specific list of things you need to take for all of the human travelers, you should have a similar list for any dogs who will be making the journey. They need to have all of the same basics they have at home, including food, treats, a water dish, toys, etc. Your pet’s needs aren’t going to change just because you are on a vacation, so be sure to bring along everything that is needed for their daily care.
#2 – Are Pets Allowed?
You love your pets – but not everyone is going to feel the same way. Before you make reservations at a campground, make sure dogs are allowed on the property. In addition to making sure you can bring your dog, find out if you will have to pay an extra fee to do so. There are tons of campgrounds that do allow pets, but you don’t want to assume and wind up without a place to stay.
#3 – RVs Can Get Hot
If you are going to be out doing things that you will not be bringing your dog for, make sure they have a comfortable and safe place to stay. During the warm summer months, leaving your pet in the RV all day long is probably not a good idea. An RV might not heat up as quickly as a small car left in the sun, but it can certainly get hot in there over the course of the day. Don’t leave your dog in a dangerous situation by leaving them alone in hot weather.
#4 – Update Tag Information
Even if you are a responsible dog owner, there is still the chance that your pet will get away from your campsite. If that happens, it is important that the pet is wearing his or her tags – and the tags are updated with current contact information. This step will only take a few minutes before your trip, and it can be tremendously helpful should your dog happen to get out.
#5 – Watch for Wild Animals
When camping in an area that is known to contain wild animals, you will need to be extra careful when letting your dog outside. A domesticated dog is no match for a wild animal, so your pet needs you to protect it from dangers like bears, cougars, and other dangerous animals. Only allow your dog to go outside during daylight hours in such areas, and always be by his or her side for safety.