We do have a spoiled dog. Yes we bought her an RV Motorhome. She lets us travel with her.
Does Your Dog Even Like to Travel?
Some dogs absolutely cannot travel. They get sick, throw up, and whine and complain…kinda like some children. We have been for the most part lucky with our dogs (and our kids). Most liked to travel, one tolerated travel, but Oreo Cookie absolute loves traveling! She loves traveling in the car, the truck and especially in her motor home. When we bring out the clothes, cases and start bagging up food, her excitement level goes up. When we take her bed out, she goes crazy! She knows she is going! Traveling with our pets is one reason we decided to get our home on wheels. We have traveled so overseas and in the US while having to leave our pets in boarding. We hated leaving them! They were not too thrilled with it either. We already knew Oreo liked to travel and she is not afraid of new places. She has traveled a good portion of the US in a car. Some dogs are not so adventurous, but most can become good travelers and even enjoy the adventures with your help, patience and loving attitude.
Start Slow Before You Go
OK, so now you are the proud owners of a motorhome or travel trailer. Don’t assume your animal is as proud or thrilled, and that they are going to jump right in. That big thing on wheels my look very intimidating, even scary. By having a pet and wanting to take it on adventures with you, I am assuming you have built a trusting relationship with your pet. If not, you will need to work on that, but let’s say you do and carry on.
Slowly take them to the camper, talk to them about it. You may already have taken a few treats in it and some water. Take them on an outside tour talking to them about how much fun you are all going to have. Your voice should be upbeat but at the same time calm and authoritative.
Invite Them In and Serve Them a Snack.
After talking them on the outside tour, open the door and invite them in. If they bound up the steps wagging their tail, you are pretty much set. If they are hesitant, gently coach them in, helping them up the steps if you need to. Be sure to continue talking them as if they understand every word. You might be surprised at how much they actually do understand. Once in, let them explore. If they seem nervous, sit down with them and pet them while talking soothingly to them. Once they are calm you take control and show them around. Point out their bed, their bowl, their treat bag, all while being excited for them. After the inside tour, it is treat time. Take them back inside the house or fence so they will understand you are not leaving them in that thing.
If they seemed to be comfortable and accepting with the first tour, time to take the next step. If not, take a few more tours. Take some of their toys each time, and sit with them inside as if it was the most normal thing in the world to to sit inside that thing on wheels. It may take some patience on your part, but remember, happy pet, happy campers!
Time for the Adventure!
Yay! The pet is comfortable and even liking the camper, said camper is stocked, and destination is booked. You have checked of all the supplies from your list. There are more than enough groceries and snacks, dishes secured for now, clothing for all seasons and occasions, cell phones downloaded with every app available for rving and camping, music CDs and movie DVDs stored conveniently, maps folded neatly and close by, and all safety systems checked. Time to roll! Not so fast. Did you check your pet’s list? Of course, you have their food, treats, water dish, leash and collar, but what about some other very important things?
You will need your pet’s shot and vet records, their ID on their collar with your phone number and address on it. Do they have to take meds? Heartworm pills and flea and tick medicines? What about allergy medicine like Benadryl? Pepto is a good medicine to have for you and your dog. You may want to take their own first aid kit with antibiotic salves, tweezers, small scissors, bandages, and gauze. These are just a few items. Ask your vet for a list of items you should have for unforeseen emergencies. It would also be a good idea to have the number of a veterinarian near where you will be camping. \
It’s kinda like packing up and traveling with your kids isn’t it? Your pets depend on you just as your kids do, and they don’t normally argue with you.
Are We There Yet?
Open and honest communication with the driver is essential. Not only about which CD to put in, how wrong the GPS is or whether current speed is appropriate, but the fact that your and/or your pet’s immediate needs may not coincide with the gas tank. Take time to pull over, walk the dog, get some fresh air and take care of what needs to be taken care of at that time. Rest and exercise is not only good for the pet. it is good for you! Take the time. You and your pet will enjoy the journey and be more appreciative of the destination. It isn’t just about the destination, it is also about the journey. Have a good one!
You have arrived at the camp ground! I am going to skip over the backing in, stress related conversations, and hooking up the various hoses, electricity and leveling. All that is people stuff. Not to be rude, but I am more concerned about your pet right now. Please don’t let you pet out until you are fully secured. There is way too much action going on, and maybe a little yelling…just saying. Once your camper is secured and stable, make sure you have the pet’s leash and collar on before exiting the camper. Never ever let them run loose. It is dangerous for the animal, but your fellow campers tend to get a tad annoyed and rightly so.
Most campgrounds have a dog area. Proceed to that area and let your pet relieve themselves. Please always and I repeat…always pick up after you animal. That is why you carry a little plastic bag with you wherever you and your dog go.
While you sit outside enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, you will want your pet right there with you. We have a twenty-five-foot cable we attach by the door. How far Oreo is allowed to roam depends on how big our site is. Never allow your dog to intrude on the neighbors site.
Of course, you will want to check out the surrounding area. If you can’t take your pet with you, you should make sure the camper is a comfortable temperature with air conditioning or heat and one of your neighbors or the camp host has your phone number. Even then, don’t leave your pet for an extended time. If you have to be gone for a day, find a sitter or a doggy daycare. I also suggest a monitor to keep a check on the temperature and on the pet’s behavior. Just click on the image for more information.
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