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10 Tips for RVing Dog Owners

All breeds of dogs in different RVs

Book Author Genevieve Frederick

Maximize your RVing experience with your furry friend with these 10 tips for RVing dog owners.

Motor homes usually have a driver, a passenger, maybe a few kids and at least one dog. It's a prerequisite that to own a motor home you need at least one dog. Don't be surprised when you see RV dealers matching a breed to a particular Type of RV model in the future. That's why you need to review these 10 tips for RVing dog owners

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Taking an RV trip with your pooch should and will be pleasant if you:

1. Keep Your Dog Safe

The first of the 10 Tips for RVing Dog Owners is to Keep your dog safe; put his leash on before you open the door. Dogs are excited as soon as their home on the road stops and they want out! But not every place you stop will be safe; oncoming traffic, glass on the side of the road, and other dogs nearby could cause your dog to run on to the road.

2. Carry Dog Health Certificate

Carry a health certificate issued by our veterinarian that clearly identifies the dog and certifies that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding 36-month period. This is a must if you plan to travel from the United States to Canada. Different Canadian provinces may have different requirements. Be sure to contact the government of the provinces you plan to visit. It is rare to need the health certificate when traveling in the 48 states but if there is an incident both the certificate and the rabies vaccination certificate could help a bunch.

3. Follow Campground Pet Rules

Respect all the rules of campsites and parks. That can mean a special Poop Park or a Dog Run Area and leash rules. You don't want to be asked to move on if your dog misbehaves or is running amuck. Dogs in a strange new place will follow their nose so keep that leash on so he will not get lost. And be prepared to pay extra for your pooch. Some camps and parks have a "dog fee".

4. Cleanup After Your Dog

Always carry poop bags (zip lock sandwich plastic bags for smaller breeds and larger plastic bags for bigger breeds). The trick, using the zip lock bags, is to turn the bag inside out, pick up the poop, turning the bag right side again and zip the contents (and smell) closed. Always try to locate the nearest dumpster or trash can instead of bringing it back into your motor home.

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5. Use D-rings

D-rings are great! Hook it on his leash and then hook the D-ring to your belt loop. You'll have both hands free. When in camp, tie a long rope to a boulder, picnic table, tree or the bumper of the motor home and tie the other end to the handrail just outside the RV door. Next time your pooch needs to go out, get his leash, clamp on the D-ring and hook it on the rope and out he goes like a little paratrooper. D-rings make it easy to tie up the dog when you go into a store or shop. Just loop the leash around any post or tree and use the D-ring to secure the dog; this prevents those knots that get tighter by the minute as your dog pulls on the leash.

6. What to Do When Leaving Your Dog Alone in Your RV

When you go on a tour or shopping and have to leave your pooch in the RV make sure you leave the vents open, have fresh water out, and a few puddle pads on the floor just in case there is an accident. Open windows can become an escape route; right through the screen and a long way down to the ground, so only leave the windows open an inch.

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7. Brush Your Dog Outside

The inside of a motor home is usually small and dogs do not get out as much as if they were at home. Brush your dog outside to remove dander, and loose fur, it's much easier to let the wind take it away than to clog up your vacuum.

8. Getting Your Dog Groomed While RVing

If you're on the road for long periods check the local yellow pages for a dog groomer in the town you are visiting. Or ask at the campground or RV Park for a recommendation of a nearby groomer. A better solution than doggy day care, while you tour a museum or go to a ball game your dog will be pampered and clean when you pick him up.

9. Create a Special Area for Your Dog in the RV

Give your dog a special place, like a dog carrier or a dog pad or bed this provides him with a secure and comfortable place when he is feeling scared or tired.

10. Calming Down Your Nervous Dog While RVing

If your dog gets nervous or anxious while traveling try Dramamine™ and St. John's Wort. Ask your vet for the amounts to be given based on your pooch's body weight.

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Dogs enrich our lives in every way, and they deserve a road trip too. Besides, they're a lot easier than kids and dogs don't keep saying over and over "Are we there yet?" or "where's McDonalds?" The only drawback, dogs can't use the bathroom, so they compel us to "stop and smell the roses" every so often.

Now that you have reviewed the 10 Tips for RVing Dog Owners, it's time for you to take your furry friend RVing.

About The Author

Happy Tails: Hilarious Helpful Hints for Dog Owners

Genevieve Frederick is the Publisher at Paw Publishing, Inc. The newest title "Happy Tails: Hilariously Helpful Hints for Dog Owners," is a rib-tickling look at why we both love and are puzzled by our four-footed friends by Dr. Gary L. Ailes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a health certificate for a dog traveling in an RV?

A health certificate is a must for a dog traveling in an RV if you plan to travel from the United States to Canada. It certifies that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding 36-month period and clearly identifies the dog.

What should dog owners do to keep their dogs safe while traveling in an RV?

To keep their dogs safe while traveling in an RV, dog owners should put their leash on before opening the door, carry a health certificate, and respect the rules of campsites and parks.

What are some ways to make traveling in an RV more comfortable for dogs?

To make traveling in an RV more comfortable for dogs, they should have a special place like a dog carrier or bed, be groomed while on the road, and if they get nervous or anxious, try Dramamine™ and St. John's Wort with the approval of a veterinarian.


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