Dogs and Full-time RVing
(Are dogs allowed in campgrounds and RV parks?)
A soon to be full-time RVing dog.
How many RV parks allow you to bring dogs? We would like to start this year as RVers, but have dogs that are a part of the family and they would have to go, too. How receptive are the parks?
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
Many campgrounds and RV parks allow dogs. We've traveled with a dog and at least one cat since day one. We've never had a hard time finding to a place to stay with them.
When you are looking at the listing in campground directories, at park brochures, or on their websites, look for the term, "Pet Friendly" or "Dog Friendly." They'll like provide information on any restrictions, possibly the rules, and on special amenities they may offer such as a dog run.
There are some campgrounds that prohibit dogs altogether and others that have pet restrictions. I think the most common restriction is limiting the number of pets per RV, such as no more than two or three. Some parks discriminate by breed, banning Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, or other breeds with bad reputations. Oddly enough, some parks restrict dogs according to size, allowing only those that weigh less than a specified weight.
Most parks that allow pets have common sense rules. Pick up after your pets messes. Keep them inside your rig, inside a fenced area, or on a short leash. Keep them reasonably quiet. Keep them out of buildings and away from the pool.
Some parks have special amenities for dogs. A growing number actually cater to dogs. Some parks have areas where you may unleash your dogs to let them run. Other amenities include a doggie bathhouse, wading pool for dogs, hiking trails, grooming stations, dog walking service, and even obedience training and agility classes.
We've stayed at a park that provided pet sitting while we were gone for several days on a side trip. Our dog and cats were able to stay in the comfort and security of our home. Campground staff tended to them, including taking the dog out for walks throughout the day.
You probably already have these, but just a reminder that it is important that your pooches have collars and ID tags, and proof of vaccinations (especially up to date rabies vaccination). I think it is a good idea to have them microchipped, so in case they get lost it will be easier for the person who finds them to get in touch with you. You'll also want to have copies of your pet's medical history and the contact information for your current veterinarian.
For additional information, check our RVing, Traveling, and Camping with Pets index page, that you'll find by clicking here.
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