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Seventy five percent of RVers travel
with pets. Most have dogs, some cats, birds and other unusual
animals, like Potbelly pigs.
This page deals with some pet projects.
are not irresponsible, only some pet owners are. Read the rules of the park and
RVing with pets is important to many people. They would not be able to travel otherwise. You must train your pet to live according to the rules. If you don't you will make it difficult for others who have pets. Some parks do not allow pets, or they limit the size by weight. Others disallow certain breeds. Rules, rules, rules .... it gets disgusting, but rules are made because of those inconsiderate people who ruin it for all.
Hey, if you do it right you can enjoy your pet almost anywhere. Just be considerate of others.
Some parks have rules that do not allow you to leave
your pet alone. If you do leave your pet alone in your RV
on a warm day be sure it has plenty water and windows open or leave the A/C running.
On a nice day the fan should be on. It's a good idea to have a small fan for the pet. We carry a 6 inch metal fan that we got at Camping World and mounted it on a small board. It's 12 volts and when we must leave
our dog in the truck (with the windows open) we turn the fan on. We are very concerned with the heat and
do not leave valuables in the truck so that we can leave the windows open.
Long leash vs short leash
Many campgrounds require short
leashes. With a short leash you can definitely control your pet better. Dogs
learn to walk next to the person walking the dog. With a long leash the dog ends
up walking the walker. After learning to tether the dog with a short leash he or
she will cooperate much better and will obey other commands better too. The dog
learns who is in charge. Most people think the dog or cat enjoys the freedom of
a long leash. You may have to wean them off of the long leash, but it is worth
it in the long run. If you enjoy walking, the short leash will allow you to walk
without stopping every ten feet. The dog will walk along the side and dogs who
are not usually under control will become tamed by the short leash and allow you
to enjoy a brisk non-stop walk. You will know when the dog needs to stop. Don't
forget to take the bags!
pick up the do-do that dogs do.
If you have a dog, clean up after him, not just at campgrounds, but public parks, schools
and neighborhoods. No one wants to see your dog's crap in the grass. Did you ever step in it? Then
It is a simple task to pick up the doggie mess with a cheap sandwich bag. Put your hand into the bag like a glove and pick it up. Then grab the bag envelope flap and turn the bag inside out
which will put the stuff safely in the bag. Carry it to the trash container. Some people use those accumulated Wal-Mart bags.
You do not have to get any mess on your hands. Deposit the bag in a garbage can.
Most RVers are considerate about their pet and
clean up after them. It is interesting to know that more than 66% of
RV-travelers have pets along for the ride.
RVers at any age and their pets are on-the-whole a good lot.
While on the subject, find a good place for you pet to "go to the bathroom". Not on the flowers, playground or
next to the pool. Control them with a TIGHT SHORT
LEASH. They will wait until you get to the best spot. Keep the leash short until you get into a wide open area. When you see other pets or people, shorten the leash. Teach your pet to heel. This is good obedience training. Pets are much like children, they have to be watched and taught correctness.
Try to be polite to irresponsible pet owners. Let the pets meet and greet. This will break the ice and you can tactfully discuss the rules about
petiquette. Try to be positive and friendly. They are more likely to take your advice if you don't accuse them of
wrongdoing or preach. Speak generically, as if it is not them you are
trying to correct. Of course there are times that one must
be direct, but try to leave that up to the management if possible.
Use a plastic film can
to hold plastic bags for collecting dog droppings. Attach it to the
Leash and collar
with ID tag.
Paper towels and
of pet food and smacks.
Food and water
Pet bed or crate
Medication (flea and
Refuge bags or
Towels to dry pet
The Ford Truck Split Bench seat allows for folding the center. Adding a board
covered with a pet pad makes a great pet place. The water dish has Velcro
attached to hold it in place.
Alaska and National Parks
alert with your pet in the wilds. There are stories about wolves, bears and
eagles scooping up pets and carrying them off. Think about how tragic that would
be. Keep an eye out for wild animals. Always keep your pet on a leash. Don't
leave your pet alone in a portable fenced area.
Most people can see the benefits of
spaying a female dog - avoiding unwanted litters - but don't know the
many medical and behavioral benefits of having their male dog
Neutered dogs are healthier. Neutered
dogs are less likely to develop prostate problems and testicular
tumors. By eliminating most roaming and fighting, neutering reduces
the risk of injury and infection, saving you expensive veterinary
Neutered dogs are more content and
better behaved. Neutering reduces the annoying and embarrassing urge
of male dogs to "mount" furniture or people's legs.
Neutering reduces aggression against other animals. A mole sensing a female
in heat nearby may break down doors and jump fences and will roam the
neighborhood searching for her. Neutering relieves this sexual
frustration and lets the dog relax and enjoy being part of the family.
Dogs have no psychological sex drive. They feel no need to reproduce,
and are happier when they're neutered.
Neutering is a relatively safe and
painless operation done by a licensed veterinarian. In some areas,
neutered dogs are eligible for reduced license fees which soon make up
the cost of the operation.
By neutering your dog, you enhance its chances
of living a long healthy life, save yourself a great deal of potential
trouble and cost, and make your pet a more content family member.
Provided by the
American Humane Association
with your pet.
The pet pouch in this picture was
purchased at Pet Smart. Once
you get your pet used to the pouch it works great. You can enjoy
your hike more and the pet enjoys being with you. It is easier
dealing with trying to keep your pet on a leach and having to
him jump over rocks or logs and pulling him along.
with your pet.
can train your little pet to sit in the bike basket.
He will enjoy the ride and you don't have to leave him in the
RV. Our Crimson loves to go along and it is surprisingly
easy for him to sit and watch the sites pass by. The bikes fold and we
put them in the back seat of the truck. We are always ready for hiking
Some links we like....
Veterinarian Locator - Click this link to find
veterinarians in the USA and Canada.
Pet Shelter - PetShelter Network was created in 1997 to promote the
adoption of shelter animals and save homeless animals' lives. Shelters
who join the PetShelter Network are literally overflowing with
homeless companion animals. To put it simply, there are too many
animals and not enough homes. Millions of adoptable companion animals
are euthanized (humanely put to death) in shelters across the nation
every year because of the companion animal overpopulation crisis.
Puppy mills (factory-like breeding facilities), "backyard" breeders,
and accidental litters all contribute to this tragedy by bringing more
animals into the world when there aren't enough homes for the ones who
are here already
& Country Pet Expo - Washington State University is bringing together pet experts
from universities, veterinary clinics, pet organizations and the pet
industry to answer pet owner questions May 11 and 12 at the Town &
Country Pet Expo in Monroe
Make Your House a
Home...Adopt a Shelter Dog! Looking for a little more love in your
life? Consider adopting a dog!
Lots of information about how to travel with your dog.
Many recreational vehicle owners
prefer to take their pets for their RV camping. However,
this is a challenging task. Firstly, you pet may not
enjoy travelling in a recreational vehicle. In fact,
cats hardly enjoy travelling and dogs too may have
problem coping up with the difficulties of travelling in
an RV. Thus, you need to work on them to enjoy a safe
and comfortable RV camping experience.
The following tips will help you
to enjoy a successful RV camping with your pets:
- Get the pet acclimated
with your recreational vehicle before you hit the
road. Let them examine the space on their own to
make them feel comfortable.
- Carry items that your pet
is familiar with, such as their blanket, dog beds,
- Use cargo crate,
automobile pet harness, pet carrier, or pet booster
seat to restrain your pet. This can save your pet
from severe injuries or even from being killed
during accidents or sudden stops.
- Carry ample amount of pet
food while travelling in your recreational vehicle.
You would hardly like to run short of foods for your
little furry one, as you are enjoying in the RV
- Keep a note of your vet’s
phone number. Also, carry the pet’s medical records
and consult with a local veterinarian in case there
is an emergency.
- Let your pet stretch
periodically and for this, take plenty of stops
while on road. It is recommended to provide litter
training to your pet and carry a portable litter
tray. Even though, it would be wise to carry some
carpet cleaners, floor cleaner and paper towels
while RVing with your pet.
- Be thorough with the RV
campground’s pet policies before your check in. Some
RV campgrounds may have designated areas for dog
walking, and you must only use them for your pet.
- Never leave the pet alone
in the recreational vehicle, it is hazardous and the
extreme climate inside may even kill your pet. You
can appoint a pet day care service if you need to
spend time away from your recreational vehicle.
You must always obey the RV
campground rules wherever you stay.
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