"While most RVers are responsible pet owners and use RVing Petiquette, the few who aren’t can jeopardize the ability of all pet owners to stay in a park"
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Can I travel with my pets? Yes! RVers travel most commonly with dogs or cats though I’ve heard of birds, fish and horses too. Whichever pet you travel with, have a health certificate and a record of their shots. Some RV parks do not allow pets or restrict the number, size or breed so check ahead.
While most RVers are responsible pet owners, the few who aren’t can jeopardize the ability of all pet owners to stay in a park. Here are a few reminders for being a good neighbor:
Remember, no matter how friendly and well-behaved your pet is, some people are deathly afraid of animals or allergic. Make sure the other person welcomes attention. Be prepared to educate people, especially children, on how to approach and pet your dog or cat.
Another helpful hint is to teach your dog not to bark more than once. A noisy dog will be most unwelcome, especially if it barks continuously at everything that walks by. Squirt guns and other devices can assist with training.
When leaving your pet in the RV while you are gone, make sure the temperature stays comfortable. Leaving the AC on or a TV or radio on low volume will mask outside noises. If you will be gone an extended time, check to see if someone in the park could walk your dog while gone. Perhaps another guest who is a pet owner would do it for you or you could trade days so you could each enjoy the area.
Pets are great companions and can add to your travels. Dogs, particularly, love to check out new territory. However, follow the rules at the RV park or campground plus the above reminders and everyone will enjoy having you as a neighbor.
Jaimie Hall Bruzenak the author of RVing Petiquette is an RV Lifestyle Expert. She has been RVing since 1992. She is the author of Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road, and other RV books. See http://www.RVLifestyleExperts.com for for a road map to RVing.
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