Travelling with a dog can be one of the most exhilarating adventures you’ll ever have. However, journeying with a canine also requires proper planning and preparation. Dogs need quite a bit of maintenance, depending on the individual’s size, breed, and temperament, and it’s important to ensure that all of their needs are taken care of throughout your travels before finally hitting the road. Luckily, the following should supply you with everything you need to know when RVing with a pet.
This will be one of the first things you’ll want to get sorted out. It’s not quite as easy as just bringing along some dog food and leaving it at that, especially if you’re heading away on a lengthy road trip. For a start, if you’re planning to top up your dog food along the way, make sure that the type of food your pet requires (or is used to) is available wherever you’re going. If possible, research ahead and check availability of dog food in local pet stores located along your route. Don’t forget to clear away any food or water in the RV before hitting the road again, otherwise this is sure to spill and go everywhere once you’re moving. Store water in containers that are properly sealed to avoid spillage and put them in lower parts of the cabinets. If possible, have your dog eating outside to minimize mess in the RV.
Every dog owner knows the kind of disaster that can happen when a dog doesn’t have proper bathroom essentials. When a dog has nowhere else to go, they will go anywhere they can. This can really be an issue when travelling in an RV. Stopping regularly to let your furry little friend do its business is one of the best ways to prevent any messes from occurring, though this can be a challenge depending on where your journey takes you. If your dog is house trained, puppy pads are the next best bet, and have been relied on by millions of dogs since their invention. Simply lay a pad or two on the floor of your RV, and make sure your dog knows where to find them in a pinch.
Finding an RV
RVs aren’t always the most dog-friendly vehicles. Kitchenettes, stove tops and living areas all have their own hazards to contend with, whether that’s hot elements, loose pots and pans or small spaces your four-footed friend could get stuck in. While many of these issues can be addressed in any RV with adequate care, it’s worth searching for a vehicle that is suitable to begin with. Look for models which have adequate space for your dog to move around a little, and include necessary safety features which ensure that doors or items won’t fly open or come loose, disturbing or hurting your pup. If you have yet to rent an RV for your adventure, there are plenty of types and models to choose from. Within this wide variety, you’re sure to find the perfect mobile abode for both you and your dog. When traveling in Canada, for example, searching for an RV rental in Edmonton is not difficult. Try to find an RV that will provide adequate space, accommodations, and safety for both you and your dog.
Dog-Proofing The RV
RVs are designed primarily with humans, not dogs, in mind. With that in mind, it’s worth puppy-proofing your RV, no matter how fitting your selection of vehicle. Before setting out for the great beyond, you should make sure that electrical outlets are covered, loose cords and wiring are hidden away, and anything toxic or otherwise unsafe for your pooch is safely out of their reach. Any windows accessible to your dog should be secured so they do not open too wide or even break in a worst-case scenario. Ensure that your dog can’t and won’t distract you from the driver’s seat. You can purchase mesh gating at nearly every pet store, which will keep your dog in his or her own, designated area of the RV. Finally, if your dog doesn’t sleep in your bed (which they should not in an RV rental) you should place any bedding in a safe place where your dog will not move around too much. It’s hard enough for dogs to stand up in a moving vehicle. For long journeys, it is important they don’t have any trouble lying down as well. Your dog will, undoubtedly, be doing a lot of that on your ride together.
While holidaying in an RV with your furry pal definitely means doing a lot more prep than you would otherwise, most pet owners would agree that it’s more than worth it to have them along for the ride.
Charlotte Davis is a digital nomad on a mission to spread positivism by sharing tidbits of her travel journey with her pooches. An animal-lover at heart, she wants to inspire people to travel with their pets through her tips on how to make it a safe, relaxing and enjoyable trip.
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