RVing with dogs – what are your best tips?

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      Lindy
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          I’ll be taking my golden doodle Milo out with us for the first time this spring. Those who RV with pets, what are your tips? What are some things I should know? I do have a pen I can set up outside and a leash. She doesn’t bark excessively and she seems to do fine when we leave her at home for hours.

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          Tory Jon
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              Sounds like Milo is a good girl! A few things I’d recommend:

              1. Before traveling, make sure her dog tags and/or microchip information are up to date with your current contact information. Plus, any vaccinations are up to date.
              2. If this is her first road trip, let her spend time in the RV beforehand to help her get accustomed to the space and feel more comfortable. If possible, take her for short trips in it.
              3. Try to maintain a regular feeding and walking routine. Dogs are creatures of habit, and a consistent routine can help reduce their anxiety.
              4. Make sure the campground is pet-friendly before showing up with your dog (many aren’t or have strict rules on breed, size, etc.). Follow the campground’s pet policies, keep your dog on a leash when outside, and be considerate of your neighbors.
              5. Have a plan for those times you might be away from the RV for a while and can’t bring her with? The good thing is she doesn’t bark a lot and seems fine when left for long periods. But you still might want to consider turning on a radio for her or the TV if it helps keep her calm.

              That’s just a few ideas. I’ll let others with more experience chime in.

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              Bill Greene
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                  Some campgrounds won’t allow pens set up at the campsite. I tie a leash to the stairs on the camper or a picnic table and just make sure my dog can’t reach another campsite or the road/sidewalk. He always seems happy.

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                  IA_Camper
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                      We make a dog run using this: https://ruffwear.com/products/knot-a-hitch

                      Connect it to two points, attach the leash to the run and it gives them a lot more freedom than just tying their leash to an anchor point like a picnic table. My dog never gets tangled in his leash with this either.

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                      Lindy
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                          Thanks @tory-jon for the tips. And I’ll defnitely look into the dog run. Love that idea. Thanks!

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