Taking an RV trip with your pooch can be pleasant if you abide by these simple guidelines:
- Keep your dog safe; When traveling, be sure they are laying on sofas or on the floor and will not become a 50 pound projectile if you have to slam on your brakes. Prior to exiting the RV, put your dog’s leash on. Dogs are excited as soon as their home on the road stops and they want out! Not every place you stop will be safe. Survey potential on coming traffic, glass on the side of the road, and other dogs near by.
- Carry a health certificate issued by our veterinarian that clearly identifies the dog and certifies that the dog have been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding 36-month period. This is required 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 tremendously.
- Respect all the rules of campsites and parks. That can mean a special Dog Run Area and leash rules. You don’t want to be asked to move on if your dog misbehaves or is running unleashed. Dogs in a new strange place will follow their nose so keep that leash on so they will not get lost. Be prepared to pay extra for your pooch. Some RV resorts and parks have an additional “dog fee.”
- Always carry poop bags (we use Walmart bags). The trick is to turn the bag inside out, check for holes, pick up the poop, turning the bag right side again and twist and tie closed. Always try to locate the nearest dumpster or trash can instead of bringing it back into your RV.
- If you have a smaller dog, it is great to carry a portable kennel underneath, allowing them to safely enjoy the outdoors with the family when not leashed.
- 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.
- The inside of a RV 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.
- Give your dog a special place, like a dog carrier or a dog pad or bed this provides them with a secure and comfortable place when they are feeling scared or tired.
- If your dog gets nervous or anxious while traveling try Dramine™ and St. John’s Worth. Ask your vet for the amounts to be given based on your pooch’s body weight.
Enjoy the road and share it with your four legged companions.