Comfortable Camping With a Canine? It’s Possible!

Comfortable Camping With a Canine? It’s Possible!

If you’re a dog owner, we don’t have to tell you that your four-legged friend is probably more like part of the family. Because of that, it’s not uncommon for pet owners to want their dogs to come on vacations with them. Thankfully, when you have an RV, that’s possible! Many camping grounds across the country are dog-friendly.

While it’s important to practice the proper etiquette with your pooch while you’re camping and RVing, it’s also important to keep them comfortable. Remember, they’re in a new environment with plenty of sights, sounds, and smells that are unfamiliar.

So, what can you do to make sure bringing your dog along on your next camping trip is a comfortable and pleasant experience for everyone? Let’s look at a few tips.

Understand Pet Policies

There’s nothing worse than rolling up to a campground with your dog only to find out there are rules about that ground’s pet policy that you weren’t aware of. Every campground is different when it comes to the rules they have in place for pets. Take a few minutes ahead of time to look over the policy of the campground you’re parking at. It will eliminate any confusion and keep everyone safe.

Keep Your Dog Safe in the RV

When you’re traveling in the summer months, it can get hot quickly. Make sure to have proper ventilation for your dog by having a window open or the air conditioning on so they don’t overheat. It’s also important to make sure they have access to fresh water as often as possible.

Finally, you should never leave your dog alone in the RV, even if it’s only for a few minutes. They can overheat quickly.

When you’re on the road, it’s a good idea to have a crate for your dog to travel in. While you might think they would be more comfortable walking around the rig or laying down somewhere, there are risks to allowing that. If you have to brake suddenly or you get into an accident, your dog may experience injuries since there is nothing harnessing them down.

Be Prepared Before You Go

Before you hit the road, you should have a pet preparedness checklist that can ensure your dog’s health and allow you to be prepared on your trip if anything should happen. First, a vet examination is always a good idea before leaving on a trip. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations and get proof of that from your veterinarian. Some places may need to see proof of things like a rabies vaccination before they allow your pet to enter.

It’s also a good idea to have pet tags on your dog’s collar, in case they happen to get lost while you’re on the road.

Bringing your dog along with you on your next camping trip doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, you’ll love having your whole family with you! Keep these tips in mind to make the experience easier on everyone, and your dog will become a camping canine in no time!

Jun 8th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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