3 Tips for RVing with Dogs in Winter

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Winter RV dog travels — keeping your pet warm on the road.

Dogs wear permanent sweaters, but fur isn’t always enough to keep them warm during cold weather. Short hair or long, your pup will thank you for trying out these three easy tips for RVing with dogs in winter.


winter rv dogCreate a Cozy Sleeping Area

Chilly drafts can find their way into even the best RVs. That cold air sinks right to the floor, where your pet bed is probably located. Take the edge off a chilly night by moving your dog’s bed away from drafty areas, like windows. An elevated pet bed is an even better idea. These beds help pets stay warmer by conforming to the body and keeping it up off the cold floor.


winter rv dogGather a Winter Wardrobe

Pet clothing for dogs serves a higher purpose than fashion. It can protect your dog from the elements and keep your RV clean when Mother Nature is making a mess outside. A rain slicker for dogs helps fur stay clean when you go on potty walks, and a fun doggy t-shirt underneath can add a layer of warmth on cool evenings.


winter rv dogWinter RV Dog Travels — Protect Those Paws

Dog paws are tough, but they still need protection from the elements. Snow and de-icing chemicals are especially hard on paw pads, so if you’ll be in a snowy area, consider training your pooch to wear dog boots. Your pup may need some coercing to wear them, so plan ahead and go slow on the introduction process. With enough treats and positive reinforcement, most dogs will adapt to shoes.

Cold winter weather is a fun, but don’t forget that your dog needs protection from the elements just like you do. Invest in good canine camping gear and those adventures can be cozier and safer than ever for your best travel buddy.

Rene Agredano

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  1. Anonymous

    Dogs are supposed to sleep on the floor?

    • Anonymous

      No they arent. Mine sleep with us they are much better that way.

    • Anonymous

      My 3 don’t think so. One prime factors in our new coach was the built in fireplace. Our 14yr Leonberger Mix can no longer get on the bed or couch so in colder weather we turn on the fireplace with with heat function and she sets herself right in airflow pattern. The little one comes and turns in with me when I hit the bed her larger sister either hit the couch ( We have a cover on it) or under the dining table where there is a rug . We do also have several area mats out for them

    • Anonymous

      Ha my thought exactly!

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Mine slept with us. Great on cold cold nights. Lost her 3 months ago, my heart is still broken.

    • Anonymous

      Who knew?

  2. Anonymous

    No they sleep on your head in a king sized bed.

  3. Anonymous


  4. Anonymous

    Dogs are outside animals

  5. Anonymous

    I don’t think dogs sleep on the floor..

  6. Anonymous

    My dog sleeps where ever he wants !

  7. Anonymous

    Where are the cats suppose to sleep?

  8. Anonymous

    What about cats?

  9. Anonymous

    You may have a dog most of us have fur babies that sleep in bed .

  10. Anonymous

    Booties? My Shepard thought this blog was gonna be informational.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, booties. Snow gets between pooches toes and pads. Ice treatment chemicals do the same causing skin problems. Oh Almost forgot most ice treatment chems are poison. Pooches lick it off and ingest it. Booties are alot less expensive than a trip to the pet ER. Btw fur babies make good bed fellows.

  11. Anonymous

    Our 3 dogs Rat, Jack and Parsons Terriers sleep with us. We don’t need a furnace on for heat we have the 3 live heating pads. Sometimes one of them will sleep on top of the covers because they get too hot. During the day they are spread out on the couch.
    A dog with booties on can’t feel the ground they are on or the stairs and they can slip and fall. They sense the ground through the pads in their feet.

  12. Anonymous

    Great advice!!