How do I travel full-time in an RV with Dogs?
Dog lovers simply love dogs. It’s a two-way street, chances are your dog loves you more.
Many of us feel less stressed when our furry canines are a part of our life.
Dogs make us happy, it’s like a big boost of self-esteem.
They are the ultimate companion and their loyalty is second to none. Dogs are apart of our family.
I have even read that people who spend the day with a dog are happier.
So why not pack them up and take them with you where ever you go?
Many full-time RVers have taken on the challenge and do just that, take their dogs with them everywhere they go. Traveling with dogs creates an instant adventure with buckets full of excitement because dogs are thrilled when they get to go with you. Most come to the realization that it is a lot easier than you think.
The biggest challenge to traveling with a dog is the transition from a brick and mortar foundation to changing the daily routine and habits that have been formed. Very few start out on the road with a puppy, so a change in lifestyle is in order.
I will tell you this though, dogs love to travel and the change of scenery is actually good for them. So where do you start to create harmony between you and your dog while on the road? Overall, the big questions remain the same.
How do you travel full-time in an RV with dogs?
These apps will help make traveling a breeze!
Bring Fido – allows you to browse hotels, restaurants, stores, parks, beaches, and even events that all welcome dogs with open arms
Dog Park Finder Plus – find a dog park anywhere you are traveling! It is great to help plan your rest stops
Red Cross – pet first aid, this is an absolute must! No matter what is going wrong you can either figure out a way to fix it or it helps you find the closest veterinarian
Dog Vacay – if you can’t bring your dog with you to an activity or outing while on vacation bring up this app to find trustworthy and insured dog sitters and walkers in the area
Consider this when taking your dog on the road with you:
- Pack a dog backpack, bowl, water.
- Consider your dog’s health and go to the Vet for regular check-ups.
- Buy food that is easily accessible while on the road, it is hard on a dog’s digestive system to be constantly changing food.
- To add some normalcy to your dog’s life they need to have their own things, their own bed, toys, and favorite toy because that normalcy is now the open road.
Dogs live better with a routine, but how do you have one on the open road?
You must remain consistent
- You need a stable food and water bowl to avoid a mess, to keep it clean, birds and bugs can be avoided.
- Follow the RV park instructions, some will not allow certain breeds.
- Don’t leave your dog tethered outside unless you are there, bad things can happen, it is not safe.
- When walking or exploring be mindful of your dog’s feet, hot pavement, sharp rocks, or broken glass;
Be within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning.
Always clean up after your dog when they poop, its a moral imperative!
I know that most people think that the other animals are going in the woods but one thing to remember is that those animals eat in the woods and returning their waste is a natural part of the ecosystem.
What your dog eats is not natural to the environment and that fecal matter adds bacteria to the ecosystem that can harm the surroundings.
It only takes a second to clean up after your dog, you don’t want to step in it an neither does your neighbor.
Always have water available for your dog, they can’t talk to tell you they are thirsty but they need to stay hydrated.
Keep control of your dog, always have them on a leash, some campgrounds require a six foot or shorter leash for better control.
No matter how well you have trained your dog an unknown furbearer can run by and trigger a negative response and the chase is on.
When tethering your dog secure the cable to a tree, post or concrete barrier that is secure.
Give them a little room to roam with several yards away from pedestrians, this is just being respectful of others.
Dogs bark, constant barking is a nuisance, after a period of time your dog should become accustomed to the life you live and the people that pass by.
Sticker burrs are painful and can get stuck to your dog, check your dog and remove them, you never want to find or step on these in your Coach.
Must have items when RVing with a dog
- treats stimulate your dog.
- portable or collapsible water bottle.
- medicated shampoo for bugs like fleas or ticks.
- pet bed or hammock to live comfortably.
- oral hygiene stops stinky breath.
- poo bags for scooping poop.
- bones or chew toys and something to play with.
- Tag for the collar or chip ID to identify your dog.
- Be mindful of your dog’s toes, they need solid steps, some are too scared to walk on things they can see through.
- Use a Dog harness, the constantly pulling on a dogs neck is hard on their throat, this is also one of the greatest dog inventions of the 20th century.
- Reflective dog leash for making you and your dog visible at night to oncoming cars.
- a dog seat belt keeps your dogs from flying around when you have to slam on the brakes.
Remember all of these devices go by the dog’s height and weight, know these measurements before you head out to purchase these items.
The pet safe gentle leader is a nose harness that will actually pull the dogs head in a different direction when lunging at something.
In case of emergency
- have available you dogs medical records of shots and vaccinations.
- also, Benadryl is good for dogs who do not do well in the RV.
The bigger the dog the wider the open spaces he or she deserves
Dogs love hiking, going outside, the size of the dog is an important aspect.
Your dog can also offer a sense of protection, they hear better, smell better and sense things we don’t.
There are times, but very rarely campgrounds won’t allow dogs, some national parks don’t because of coyotes.
I did see a campground in Austin that did not allow dogs though.
Don’t be confused, this is not our motorhome, it’s theirs. Therefore kennel training your dog is a good thing, bear in mind, most dogs sleep 20 hours a day
For a little privacy, you can put a baby gate around the tub to keep the dogs in one space.
- a folding step stool is a good way to help your dog jump into the bed
- a fold up dog kennel is a good space saver when kennel training your dog
- a spill proof bowl is a lifesaver when giving your dog a drink