RV travel is the perfect way to get away and bring your dogs with you.When I was getting ready to trade in my old RV for a new one earlier this year, I mentioned to the salesman that one of the things I had to take into consideration was my dogs’ comfort. Interestingly enough, he said that at least half (if not more) of all his RV sales were to dog owners. Thinking about it, though, I’m not surprised.
Get Ready1 - Introduce the RV before you travel. Let your dog explore the RV for a few days before you drive anywhere. When he's comfortable go for some short rides around town. Make sure he’s relaxed in the moving RV before you take a longer trip. 2 - Good manners are a must. Pam Munck, of Fallbrook, CA whose Australian Shepherds travel in her 33 foot long RV, says the most common complaint about dogs in RVs is barking. Dogs cannot bark at other people and dogs walking past their RV without disrupting the peace and quiet of the campground. It's best to do some training prior to your trip. 3 - Decide where your dog will ride. Some prefer traveling in their crates and others want to be buckled into a seat—either way make the ride safe and enjoyable for your canine friend.
4 - Pack travel necessities. The basics include dog food, water, bowls, brushes, a crate or dog bed and blankets, leashes, and some bags to pick up after your dog. You might also want to bring a couple of familiar toys.
©istockphoto/photosbyjim5 - Keep water available. Your dog should have ready access to water while traveling. A rubber backed bathmat placed in an out of the way location will keep a water bowl from sliding and at the same time, absorb any splashes.