When it’s time to hit the road, no one wants to leave their furry family members behind. A family vacation should include the whole family! But RVing with a dog on board can be difficult. You have to consider the safest way to travel with your pooch and make sure they’re just as comfortable on their vacay as the rest of the family. To help you be prepared to hit the road with man’s best friend, here’s how to RV with a dog.
Safety and Comfort
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure there’s a safe place for your dog to relax while you’re on the road. When packing the car, truck or motorhome be sure to leave an empty space for the dog. Consider purchasing a dog seat belt so your pup is protected in dangerous situations.
Next, set up for your dog’s comfort. Depending on where your dog normally sleeps at home, you’ll want to make room on your bed or on the floor. Having a sense of familiarity at night will have your dog feeling safer and happier. Obviously, packing, leashes, food and extra water for your pup is essential. But to make him feel safer, it’s a good idea to pack your dog’s favorite toys and treats. Even the familiar smell of your dog’s favorite bed can bring a sense of comfort in a new place.
Your dog should enjoy their vacation too! Make sure to choose a dog-friendly campground, and consider finding a nearby dog park. Bring your dog with you when you head to the hiking trails. Stimulating your dog, mentally and emotionally, will ensure they’re tuckered out at the end of the day.
When participating in non-dog friendly activities, have a plan for your pooch. Most campers have ample space for your dog to move around while you’re gone for a few hours, but be sure to leave the air conditioner or heat on while you’re gone! After all, most dogs are accustomed to being alone during the day while you’re at work. To help your dog relax while you’re gone, consider closing the blinds and playing music to drown out any sights or sounds that might get them worked up. If your dog is truly uncomfortable being alone for short periods of time, plan ahead with a local dog sitter or plan only dog-friendly activities.
Lastly, have an emergency plan. Just like you’d bring first-aid and emergency medications for your kids, bring any medicines or first-aid your dog may need. You should also make sure to camp near an animal hospital in case of emergencies. Your dog should be microchipped and wearing a collar as well, so people can contact you if your dog runs away.
When you RV with a dog, it should be fun for both you and your puppy. RVing with your dog comes with extra preparation and more cargo, but it’s worth having your best friend come along for the family trip. If you’re interested in purchasing a new RV for your family, both two and four-legged, stop by Northgate RV Center. Our sales team will help you find the perfect unit for your family.