January 31, 2017
If you have a dog, it’s likely that you consider them a part of the family. So, if you’re planning a big RV trip, of course you want to bring your four-legged friend along for the ride! Most dogs are all too thrilled to hit the road with their owners - if you’ve ever seen a dog with their head out a car window, we probably don’t need to explain why. But, setting out on a long road trip can be different than a quick drive to the park.
With that in mind, there are a few tips you can use to make the RV experience for both you, and your dog a more enjoyable one. The easier it is for both of you to like it, the easier it will be to take more trips together in the future.
Comfortable chairs, a sofa, and a few carpeted rugs can make your rig feel a bit more like home. However, when you’re traveling with a dog, these are also magnets for things like hair, dirt, and unfortunately even the ‘less pleasant’ items like vomit, etc. When your dog is confined to a somewhat small space in the RV, they’re going to shed, and probably get dirt on those fabric materials.
So, make a few switches to avoid a lot of hassle and clean-up. Vinyl flooring, leather couches, and less fabric overall can reduce your clean-up time, while still providing a specific ‘look’ to your rig.
Kennel training isn’t just great at home - it’s a smart option when you’re taking your dog with you in a rig. Dogs are ‘den’ creatures by nature, and oftentimes, their kennel makes them feel safe and protected. On an RV, they can consider their kennel to be their own personal bedroom. They’ll need a place to go where they can feel completely safe and comfortable. Plus, if you have to leave the RV for any length of time to check out some sights, get a bite to eat, etc., you can ensure your dog’s safety (and the safety of your rig) by keeping them in their kennel.
A kennel also works to set boundaries within the rig. You wouldn’t want your dog to distract you while you’re driving, and perhaps there are other areas of the vehicle that your dog shouldn’t go. Set these boundaries early on. While you should absolutely give your dog the freedom to roam about the RV a bit, they need to know their specific territories, so they don’t put you, or themselves at any safety risks.
There is nothing better than being able to travel the country with your best furry friend. As you do so, you’ll probably discover dozens of little ‘tips and tricks’ that work for you and your dog, specifically. After all, you know them better than anyone else. But, keep these tips in mind as you get started, and you’ll create a better experience for everyone involved.