How To RV With Dogs

How To RV With Dogs
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  • We put out the dog's tie-out first thing and hook them up. I have yet to be in any park that didn't require you to keep your dogs on leash at all times. The only exception is in dog park areas. Some states have laws requiring the same thing. NPS, NFS, and BLM all require compliance with local and state laws. Our dogs love traveling but we have a MH so they have that going for them. When someone asks if my dogs will bite, I reply only if provoked. We have traveled with dogs for years without problems.

  • Lat summer, we were asked by one RV park (one of those resort-type places) that asked to see the paperwork. At the US-Canada border, they just asked if we had the paperwork but they didn't want to see it.

  • First of all… Thank you for taking the time to make such educational videos. I just began my fulltimer journey this summer and have relied heavily on great youtubers like yourself. Keep up the great work! That said, I travel with two cats and a poodle puppy. Regarding the cats, they never go outside except for a portable enclosure but I am always right there with them while they enjoy the sun. I made sure to micro chip and they also have a gps tracker on their collars (found on amazon). I have a camera called Canary in the rv that uses wifi from a jetpack (pretty good coverage area so far) and it send alerts to my phone if temperature rises, abnormal air quality, humidity changes, and of course I can always log in and see them as well as a two way voice so I can talk to them and also hear noises in the rv. Helped me train my puppy not to be a barker when I am gone 🙂 When the cats are in the truck with me I have them in a good sized carrier that is seatbelted in. I make stops and let them out in the portable enclosure or free in the back of the cab to use a portable litter box and get energy out. They travel a good 6 hours without a stop however. The ride puts them to sleep pretty well. Sorry, this got long. Happy travels!

  • Great fur baby tips! You didn't mention microchip for your dogs! Highly recommend microchip for every pet not just adventure traveling pets. Microchip and online registry with company like Home Again – https://www.homeagain.com/
    We hope we never lose our little pup but feel more secure knowing in the event of worse case scenario chipped pets have better chance of being reunited with their forever families. Also, car restraints like Kurgo harness system for larger dogs and Kurgo Skybox for smaller pets are great! We've used the Kurgo Skybox for our little poodle (9 lb.) and she travels well and safely. We also use Adaptil spray applied to car seat to help prevent motion sickness ( a real life saver).

  • Thank you for your pet advice, we will adopt a number of your suggestions, hadn't thought to bring vet records or cell number on the tags. While in the vehicle, we always keep a leash attached to our dogs. It requires a little more tending and untangling due to their movements, but in the event of an accident or the need to rapidly exit the vehicle, the dogs are more easily controlled or caught if they were to get panicked.
    Sean

  • My dog also loves his crate. I noticed both those spots where you provide something LIKE walls, there is room for a cardboard box, cut down to the size of her bed. It's firm enough, and the one I use for my dog just has the end open, as if it were his crate. Easy enough to replace when it gets worn out, too! Like your channel, going to sub today.

  • 1) If the area you're in calls for a leash, keep your dog on a leash. Doesn't matter if there are roaming dogs. The rule is the rule. I was at an event where a dog was being allowed to roam around on a flexi-lead. It jumped on me several times, and my dogs, who were in their crates, had a fit. So then I had one of my dogs out and hadn't secured the lead. In comes Mr. Bounce and lunges at me again. My dog was off my lap in a flash and chased the other dog back to his crate. Didn't touch it, just sent it home with "leave my Missy ALONE!" Guess which dog got in trouble? Not the one whose owner was letting it misbehave. MY dog, for not being under control on a leash.

    2) If you live in a hot climate, there are devices you can get which will alert you if the temperature in your vehicle goes above a temperature you set. One used by my Grand Champion's handler is called NIMBLE.

    3) It's not a bad idea to introduce your dog to riding in your car for short distances — take them to a park or for a run when you get there. Then you come back home. "Going out means FUN!" Ours are trained to jump in the car on command.

    4) Have a GOOD recall trained in. And I wouldn't let a dog (or any cat, for that matter) of any size wander in a wilderness area. Cougar, coyote, bear… do you really want your dog to come running back to camp pursued by a bear who wanted dog (cat) meat for a snack?

    5) if you don't have crates for your dog to ride in, at the very least, have seat belt harnesses. These are wide web harnesses with a d-ring on them. You can get straps on Amazon which snap into the buckle of a seatbelt, and then clip to the harness. This saved the lives of my GCH and his companion Beagle (our findling, since she found us!) when we were rear-ended and our car was totaled. I've read too many horror stories in my dog groups of accidents where the owner was injured and the panicked dog ran away from the scene of the accident. Sometimes they are found and returned. Sometimes they are never seen again, even chipped and tagged.

    6) Have a first aid kit. Especially if traveling in snake country.

    7) Have ID tags. Ours read "If I'm Out, I'm Lost" with home information, and both our home and our cell phone numbers on it.

  • There is an app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zelusapplications.rvpower it lets you know if your power has gone out! It’s only for Android but even if you got a cheap android phone from Walmart you only need WiFi to run the app if you don’t have service! It can send the notification to any phone! We love it because we have a dog and worry about him when we leave him behind to go get food. Now we know if we need to get back to our rig ASAP!