One of the best things about the Internet is the sharing of information. Remember the days when you had to hop in the car and drive to the local library to find out something about anything? Now, in the comfort of one’s home (or in your RV if you’re connected), you can let your fingers search for information on just about any topic you can think of and, presto, it’s served right to your computer screen in a matter of seconds. Talk about technological advancement!

This phenomenon presented itself to me recently when I wanted to find out about pet-friendly campgrounds. I stumbled across the RVing with Dogs website and thought it might be something worth a look to others who may have difficulty finding pet-friendly RV parks. Check out some dog-friendly campsites across the country that you may want to consider visiting in your RV. Search for the state in which you plan to visit and see the listings of the various campsites that are pet-friendly. You can find out more details about the property and even read comments by people who have stayed there. There are not a ton of listings, but it may be helpful to hear what others have to say. By the way, I have no affiliation with this site. As I said earlier, one of the best things about the Internet is the sharing of information.

As always, practicing proper petiquette is paramount in any park. Ooh, I love that alliteration. Seriously, be a good neighbor and follow these simple rules:

  • Always carry along pickup bags and clean up after your pets. Nobody wants to see it or track it into their home.
  • Keep your pets on a leash unless there are specific off-leash areas for your animals to roam. Truth is, some people are downright afraid of dogs. Telling them, “oh, he’s just a puppy” isn’t comforting when a small horse is jumping up on them seeking affection. Be in control and don’t assume everyone is going to love your pet as much as you do.
  • Don’t let your dog bark incessantly. Everybody enjoys some peace and quiet, as well as a good night’s sleep. You’ll have some pretty grouchy neighbors if you’re responsible for keeping them up all night.

Being considerate of one another as we crisscross the lands will help us to be better neighbors. The more we respect each other, the happier we’ll be and the more fun we’ll have.

What other words of wisdom would you pass along to fellow RVers who travel with pets? Do you have certain “pet peeves” that get under your skin that you want to scratch? Got a bone to pick? Feel free to bark with a (friendly) reply.

Happy Pet Travels!

Tom James

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  2. Thank you all for the comments.

    Our site vet has mentioned that various pet diseases are common to certain parts of the country, so it’s always wise to find out ahead of time of any that may be particular to the area you plan to visit. Your vet should be able to provide you with this information, or, if anyone has a good resource, please share it.

    Additionally, for emergency pet clinics to take note of where you plan to travel, you can visit our website by following this link and find more information:

    To elmosmommy: Our heartfelt condolences on your loss. It must have been a very trying experience to have a situation like this happen on the road. Thank you for sharing your story.

  3. elmosmommy

    Please take some time to find out where you can get emergency help for your dogs. We had one of our dogs take very sick after rving in arizona with valley fungus disease, ( common there ) and it is very tough to find a vet when you are flying down I-5. We got some good, some bad advice by asking people running rv parks to suggest a vet, and then unfortunately my dog died and we had to find a crematorial place to be able to get him back home to canada. It all was very very tough to lose our beloved dog elmo

  4. Dan

    We have gone camping with our terrier for 3 years now, and the only requirement we have had is that we prove that he’s had his shots. I bought a pooper scooper (think giant clamshell) so picking up after him is no effort., Many other couples we have met also have dogs, usually of the under 30 lb variety! We keep him leashed, and I have seen him want to jump on some of the kids, as they walk by, and I tell them to wait till I hold him so he don’t jump too much. He just get too excited and want to wash their faces! But he’s a good dog, and I have been complimented on how well he behaves.

  5. Penny Taylor

    TXBrad said when traveling “that the pets need a couple of breaks during the day”.
    Well, my comment is that people are supposed to get out and walk around every 100 miles, or 2 hours, so that they don’t get DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). So why are they not taking the dogs out, too ? Penny, TX.

  6. TXBrad

    Thanks good info.
    Couple things we learned , traveling w/1 small dog;
    1. They need more water & more often when traveling
    2. They also likeneed to take a couple of breaks outside while traveling all day.

  7. Jim Racklyeft

    My pet peeve is with the pet owner who leave there dog inside when the go away for the day,..The dogs barking drives me crazy

  8. Bruce Couter

    I would like to know where all these no pet parks are. We have been full timing for 2 years and we have yet to find a park that does restrict dogs except for a few breeds.

    While not a big dog lover, mostly due to the owners lack of consideration and abuse of the normal park rules about leashes, barking and picking up after them, I admire a well trained dog that obeys its master.

    I would like to see a web site that lists no pets allowed at their campgrounds.