Travelling by motorhome with dogs can be a fun and rewarding experience. You don't have the hassle of booking kennels or asking family and friends to care for your dog while you are away. Bringing them along with you is certainly a win win as dogs simply want to be with their owners.
First, it’s down to basics, make sure you choose a motorhome that is appropriate for travelling with dogs. Look for one with enough space for your dogs to move around with a suitable place for them to sleep. A double bed to the rear with garage under is always a great option but you are not limited to this. If you're unsure and have questions, just pop into our showrooms and speak with a staff member who can guide you through the essentials of choosing a layout that fits your needs and caters for your dog.
Getting them familiar: Regardless of whether you are introducing a new dog to your existing motorhome or an old dog to a new motorhome, you will need to slowly introduce them to these new surroundings. Bring them on short trips so they become familiar with the new environment and try to encourage them to lie down while the motorhome or campervan is in transit. Reward them with exercise and treats for good behaviour and they will soon develop a positive association with the campervan lifestyle. For safety purposes it will be necessary to secure your dog while in motion and a harness, seatbelt or crate will be required, it's just a matter of deciding on what works best for you and your dog.
Before you go: Be sure to exercise your dog, this will tire them out and they will be more inclined to relax and certainly is your best chance of getting your trip off to a great start.
Plan your route and take regular breaks
Research dog-friendly campsites, attractions and restaurants along the way. This will help you to ensure that your dogs can join you on your adventures and won't be left alone for long periods of time. Plan when and where is the best place to stop, to let the dog stretch their legs and do their business etc. When you're on a long drive, aim to stop for 15 minutes every 1.5 to 2 hours.
As much as is possible, try to stick to your regular feeding times and sleeping routine. Dogs have amazing internal clocks and always know when it's feeding time. By sticking to their normal schedule, you are providing an added sense of security when everything else around them is somewhat different.
Dogs can be sensitive to temperature changes, so look for a layout that provides good ventilation and climate control to make sure they don't get too hot or cold. Some of our customers have fitted vents into the rear garage where their dogs sleep at night. If you already have an Air Conditioning System fitted, this is ideal for controlling temperature in hotter climates but you don't have to spend a fortune either, there are also lower cost air cooling options such as the TOTALCOOL 3000 which reduces the ambient air temperature by up to 45%.
Keep them cool
In hot weather, make sure your dogs have access to shade and plenty of water. Never leave your dog unattended in a camper on a hot or even a warm day. You can also use cooling mats, bandanas, or vests to help keep them cool.
Pack the essentials
Pack all the essentials your dog needs such as food, water, bowls, leash, collar, toys, bedding, and any medication or first aid supplies. Make sure you have enough of everything to last the entire trip. If your dog needs to go to the Vet have a copy of his Vet records and when travelling abroad don’t forget your doggy passport.
Be considerate of others
Remember to be considerate of other campers and dog owners. Always clean up after your dogs, keep them on a leash when required and make sure they're not disturbing other campers.
By following these tips, you can ensure that you and your furry friends have a safe and enjoyable motorhome adventure together.
Interested in becoming a campervan owner? come and see the range at our showrooms in Shannonside Business Park, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary V94VY98.
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