Taking your dog on an RV trip can be rewarding for both you and Fido but it requires planning. Only non-aggressive dogs should be brought along. For first timers, plan a shorter trip so Bowser can get used to being away from home. That way, the trip can be ended early if needed. Stay close to home and give your dog extra attention.
When making a reservation, mention your pet. Some parks will offer a campsite farther away from busy areas. Others have a restriction on the number of pets allowed. Many parks require proof of vaccines against rabies and Bordetella. So call ahead to confirm. It’s a good idea to carry copies of vet records with proof of all current vaccines.
One veteran dog-camper carries a notebook of places where it’s safe to stop with dogs. Her notes include rest areas, dog-friendly parks, schools and other places.
Be sure licenses and contact information are included on pets’ collars. Don’t forget food and water dishes, an extra collar and leash, medicines or supplements, brushes, tie outs, shampoo and something from home like a toy or blanket. If a dog is comfortable sleeping in a crate at home, bring it. Owners of small dogs may also consider an outdoor pen where their dog can stay while they are all together in the campground (but never leave the pet there when you’re away: wild animals could prey on it).
Photo: Vicki Watson and her dog Katie.