Originally Posted by Houndmobile
hi there, I am a newbie to the whole RV thing...2011 is my rookie season and would like some guidance please.
I will be travelling with my two bassets and not really clear what the "rules" are in regards to leaving your dogs in the RV while you're away.
If I am at a campsite - fully hooked up - with AC on (where needed) is it okay to leave your pets in your unit (me - class ""C") while you are away shopping per say ?
Is it fairly common for campsites to have doggie daycare that can look after your dogs if away from your unit ?
Any other feedback / thoughts would be most appreciated.
I also will soon be camping with our dog, and have the following comments/concerns.
I would be wary of leaving pets in the Rv on very hot days, just in case the air suddenly stops working due to many factors. I would try and keep a window open and make sure the temps were good.
If your dog cant behave with a window open then you shouldnt be bringing it camping.
Try conditioning your dogs to the trailer, and let them spend time in there
prior to your trips. Driveway camping is the best for this, alternating time alone and with you in the unit. If they wont be comfortable on your driveway...then they are not going to be on a trip.
Teach them how to act in the trailer, and to be able to relax and ignore most outside sounds. Im sure they will soon learn what the "normal rv sounds are".
If your dogs are big barkers I would try and train them out of that bad habit, so you dont get any complaints from neighbours.
Try putting your dogs in the trailer and have a freind make noises outside,
correcting the dogs when they make a fuss and teach how you want them to act. ( lie down and sleep...etc)
Make sure the pets get enough exercise before you leave them alone, (a tired dog is a happy dog), and walk them regularly on your trip.
I dont believe in leaving a dog alone for hours on end especially when camping, so try and find campgrounds that allow hiking etc with your dogs, and try and make as many activities you do include your dogs.
I know that one of the bonuses about getting a trailer, to me, is the fact that we can bring our dog!!! (idk about the cat.....xD)
But at least the times you do have to leave your pets alone, you can do so with no worries =].
Good luck and enjoy!!!!
btw...inquire about the presence of ticks( that carry lyme disease) where you are gonna be camping and take the necessary preventatives.
I know that ticks are prevalent in a couple of the parks we will be visiting so I'm trying to be one step ahead!!!!