Dog Swim Days 2018 – Swimming Pools Go to the Dogs


During the dog days of summer dog swim days are held at public swimming pools and water parks across the country, usually as the pools are closing for the summer and before they’re drained. Dog Swim Days are the one time of the year when dogs are welcomed to dog paddle, fetch and play in the pool.

Cameron Park, CA
Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake
August 11, 2018
Cameron Park Lake Lagoon

Santa Rosa, CA
Spring Lake Water Bark
September 8, 2018 for four weekends in September
Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon

Templeton, CA
12th Annual Dog Splash Days
September 8-9, 2018
Templeton Community Pool

Arvada, CO
Annual Dog Swim
August 18, 2018 at Lake Arbor Outdoor Pool and Seacrest Outdoor Pool

Aspen, CO
Doggie Day & Splash
September 8, 2018
Aspen Recreation Center

Boulder, CO
Dog Dayz 
September 10, 20178 through September 23, 2018
Scott Carpenter Park Pool

Broomfield, CO
Dog Daze at the Bay
September 8, 2018
The Bay

Denver, CO
Dog Daze at F-15 Pool
September 8, 2018
F-15 Pool

Fort Collins, CO
Pooch Plunge
August 26, 2018
City Park Pool

Greeley, CO
Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day
August 25, 2018
Discovery Bay Waterpark

Littleton, CO
Doggy Dip at Deer Creek Pool
August 19, 2018
Deer Creek Pool

Parker, CO
Barker Days
September 8, 2018
H2O’Brien Pool

Thornton, CO
Paws for a Dip
August 18, 2018
City Pool

Rocky Hill, CT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 20, 2018
Elm Ridge Outdoor Pool

Wethersfield, CT
Annual Dog Swim
August 18, 2018
Mill Woods Swim Pond

Doggie Swim Day
September 10, 2018
Upshur Pool, Randall Pool, and Francis Pool

Coral Gables, FL
Paws in the Pool
October 7, 2018
Venetian Pool

St. Petersburg FL
Dog Swim Day at Fossil Park Pool
August 18, 2018
Fossil Park Pool

Pine Mountain, GA
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
September 8, 2018
F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Lava Hot Springs, ID
7thAnnual DogAPoolooza – Open Swim for Dogs
September 9, 2017
Olympic Swimming Complex

Nampa, ID
10thAnnual Pooch Party Stoll & Splash
August 27, 2017
Lakeview Park

Franklin, IN
Doggie Pool Day and Pet Fair
September 5, 2017
Franklin Family Aquatic Center

Lafayette, IN
Pooch Plunge
August 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Castaway Bay

New Castle, IN
Doggie Swim Day
September 8, 2018
Summit Lake State Park

Ankeny, IA
Pooch Paddle Dog Swim
August 23, 2018
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

Cedar Rapids, IA
August 11 and 12, 2018
Beaver Park Pool

Des Moines, IA
Doggie Dive
August 19, 2018 at Ashworth, Birdland, Nahas, and Teachout
September 3, 2018 at Northwest

Dubuque, IA
Doggie Dip
August 11, 2018 at Sutton Pool
August 25, 2018 at Flora Pool

Iowa City, IA
Dog Paddle
September 9, 2018
City Park Pool

Marshalltown, IA
9thAnnual Dog Days of Summer Doggie Dip
August 27 and August 28, 2018
Marshalltown Aquatic Center

Norwalk, IA
Dog Swim
August 22, 2018
Norwalk Aquatic Center

Vinton, IA
Doggie Dip
August 19, 2018
Vinton Swimming Pool

Hays, KS
Dog Swim
August 18, 2018
Hays Aquatic Park

Leawood, KS
14thAnnual Doggie Dunk
September 4, 2018
Leawood Aquatic Center

Lawrence, KS
Pooch Plunge
September 4, 2018
Outdoor Aquatic Center

Lenexa, KS
Tails on the Trails Festival and Dog Swim
August 11, 2018
Ad Astra Pool

Merriam, KS
Pooch Paddle
August 8, 2018
Merriam Aquatic Center

Pittsburgh, KS
12thAnnual Dog Swim
August 20, 2018
Pittsburgh Aquatic Center

Wichita, KS
Dog Days of Summer
August 20, 2018
College Hill Pool

Lexington, KY
Doggie Paddle
September 8, 2018
Woodland Aquatic Center

Baton Rouge, LA
End of Summer Dog Pool Pawty
August 26, 2018
Liberty Lagoon

Laurel, MD
Doggie Dip Day
September 8, 2018
Laurel Municipal Pool

Ocean Pines, MD
Doggie Swim
September 8, 2018
Mumford’s Landing Pool

Granton, MA
Doggie Dip Day
August 19, 2018
Silver Lake Beach

Ann Arbor, MI
Dog Swim 2018
September 5 and 6, 2018
Buhr Park Outdoor Pool

Grand Rapids, MI
Wag’n’ Wade Dog Swim
August 26, 2018
Richmond Park Pool

Madison Heights, MI
Red Oaks Waterpark Dog Swim
September 9, 2018
Red Oaks Waterpark

Midland, MI
Pooches at the Pool
September 8, 2018
Plymouth Pool

Oak Park, MI
Dog Day at the Oak Park Pool
August 26, 2018
Oak Park Pool

Troy, MI
Dog Swim
September 8, 2018
Troy Family Aquatic Center

Waterford, MI
Waterford Oaks Dog Swim
September 8, 2018
Waterford Oaks County Park

Ypsilanti, MI
Doggy Dip
September 8 and September 9, 2018
Rolling Hills County Park

Northfield, MN
Dog Swim
August 30 and August 31, 2018
Old Memorial Pool

Starkville, MS
8thAnnual OCHS Dog Paddle
August 11, 2018
Moncrief Park Pool



Columbia, MO
Pooch Plunge
Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

Ellisville, MO
Pooch Plunges
September 6 and September 8, 2018
EDGE Aquatic Center

Ferguson, MO
Dog Splash
August 13, 2018
Splash at Wabash Aquatic Complex

Kansas City, MO
Dippin’ Dogs Swim Party
September 8, 2018
Springs Aquatic Center

Kirkwood, MO
Dog Pool Parties
September 4 and September 6, 2018
The Kirkwood Aquatic Center

O’Fallon, MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
September 8, 2018
Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

St. Charles MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
August 6 and August 9, 2018
McNair Aquatic Center

Lincoln, NE
Dog Splash 2018
August 19, 2018
Star City Shores

Omaha, NE
Doggie Dip 2018
August 12, 2018 at Gallagher Pool and Lee Valley Pool

Wildwood, NJ
Morey’s Piers Doggie Splash and Dash
September 18 2018
Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers


Avon Lake, OH
Big Splash Dog Swim
September 8, 2018
Avon Lake Municipal Pool

Bellefontaine, OH
Dog Day at the Pool
August 12, 2018
Hoffman Municipal Pool

Brook Park, OH
Brook Park Annual Dog Swim 2018
August 25, 2018
Alice M. Hassing Waterpark

Hinckley Township, OH
Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza
August 26, 2018
Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool

Lakewood, OH
2018 Dog Swim at Foster Park
September 4, 2018
Foster Pool at Lakewood Park

Mason, OH
Dog Day
September 8, 2018
The Beach Waterpark

Pickerington, OH
Dog Splash
September 3, 2018
Pickerington Community Pool

Shaker Heights, OH
Doggie Dip
September 8, 2018
Thornton Park Pool

Tipp City, OH
Dog Day
August 21, 2018
Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center

Willowwick, OH
Dog Dayz Swim at Manry Pool
August 15, 2018
Manry Pool

Broken Arrow, OK
Pooch Plunge
August 18, 2018
Family Aquatic Facility

Midwest City, OK
Doggie Paddle
September 3, 2018
Reno Swim & Slide

Moore, OK
Doggie Paddle
September 6, 2018
The Station Aquatic Center

Stillwater, OK
Pooches in the Pool
August 12, 2018
Stillwater Family YMCA

Corvallis, OR
Dog Day!
September 22, 2018
Osborn Aquatic Center

Pendleton, OR
Doggie Dip Day
September 5, 2018
Aquatic Center

Allentown, PA
Doggie Dips
August 18, 2018 at Mack Pool
August 26, 2018 at Jordan Pool

Boyertown, PA
Boyertown Yip and Dip Dog Swim
September 9, 2018
The Boyertown Community Pool

Elysburg, PA
Doggie Dive
September 9, 2018
Knoebels Amusement Resort

Perkasie, PA
Doggy Dip
September 8, 2018
Menlo Aquatic Center

Pittsburgh, PA
Dormont Doggie Dip
September 3, 2018
Dormont Pool

Charleston, SC
Dog Day Afternoon
September 8, 2018 at Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County ParkSeptember 9, 2018 at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park

Greenville, SC
Waggin’at the Waterpark – Otter Creek
September 22, 2018
Otter Creek Waterpark

Simpsonville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Discovery Island
September 8, 2018
Discovery Island Waterpark

Sioux Falls, SD
Laurel Oak and Terrace Park Aquatic Centers

Hendersonville, TN
2018 Canine Summer Splash
September 8, 2018
Sumner County YMCA (Outdoor Pool)

Knoxville, TN
Doggie Dip Day
September (date TBA)
Inskip Pool

Bedford, TX
Dog Splash/2K-9
September 8, 2018
Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center

Cedar Hill, TX
Paws in the Pool-ooza
August 11, 2018
Crawford Park Pool

Dallas, TX
Pacos’ Poochie Plunge
August 25, 2018
Bahama Beach Waterpark

Dallas, TX
Dog Day Afternoon
August 26, 2018
Lake Highlands North Pool

North Richland Hills, TX
Doggie Beach Bash
September 29, 2018
NRH2O Family Water Park

Garland, TX
13thAnnual Dog-a-Poolooza
August 19, 2018
Holford Community Pool

Garland, TX
Wags and Waves
September 8, 2018
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark

Grapevine, TX
Doggie Dive-In
September 8, 2018
Pleasant Glade Pool

Lubbock, TX
13thAnnual K-9 Splashfest
August 11, 2018
Montelongo Pool

Mesquite, TX
Doggie Splash Day
August 11, 2018
Vanston Pool

New Braunfels, TX
Doggie Dip Day
September 9, 2018
Landa Park Aquatic Complex

Odessa, TX
Pet Splash 2018
August 5, 2018
Sherwood Aquatic Center

Rowlett, TX
Pooch Plunge
August 12, 2018
Wet Zone

Provo, UT
3rdAnnual Puppy Paddle Pool Party
September 1, 2018
Provo Recreation Center

Salt Lake City, UT
Doggie Day 2018
September 8, 2018
Liberty Park Pool

Sandy, UT
Dippin’ Dogs
September 8 and September 15, 2018
Alta Canyon Sports Center

Montpelier, VT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 22, 2018
Montpelier Swimming Pool

Alexandria, VA
Annual Doggie Day Swim
September 14, 2018 for dogs under 50 lbs at Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center
September 15, 2018 for dogs over 50 lbs at Old Town Pool

Brambleton, VA
Dog-Gone-Wild Pool Party
September 9, 2018
Community Center Pool

Fredericksburg, VA
10thAnnual “Doggone” Pool Party
September 8, 2018
Loriella Park Pool

Fredericksburg, VA
Soggy Doggy Swim
September 7, 2018
Doris E. Buffett Poo

Harrisonburg, VA
Dog Days Dog Swim
August 26, 2018
Westover Pool

Lorton, VA
Dog Days 2018
September 8, 2018
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark

Norfolk, VA
Dogs Gone Swimming 2018
September 15, 2018
Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

Reston, VA
Dog  Daze
September 9, 2018
Water Mine

South Riding, VA
Dog Swim
September 8, 2018
Town Hall Pool

Williamsburg, VA
Drool in the Pool
September 8, 2018
Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Clarkston, WA
11th Annual Dog Days Swim
August 19, 2018
Asotin County Family Aquatic Center

Renton, WA
Pooch Plunge
September 22 and 23, 2018
Henry Moses Aquatic Center

Spokane, WA
Doggie Dips
August 26-August 30, 2018
Comstock Aquatic Center, Shadle Aquatic Center, and Hillyard Aquatic Center

Tacoma, WA
Pooch Pool Party
September 8, 2018
Stewart Heights Pool

Vancouver, WA
Doggie Dive
September 22, 2018
Lake Shore Athletic Club

Appleton, WI
Dog Day at the Pool
August 25, 2018
Mead Pool

Little Chute, WI
Dog Swim
August 25, 2018
Doyle Park Pool

Eau Claire, WI
Doggie Swim Fest
September 3, 2018
Fairfax Pool

Green Bay, WI
Doggie Dip
August 18, 2018
Ashwaubomay Park

Madison, WI
Dog Paddle 2018
September 9, 2018
Goodman Pool

Menomonie, WI
Dog Swim at Wakanda Water Park
September 1, 2018
Wakanda Water Park

Neenah, WI
Drool in the Pool
August 23, 2018
Neenah Pool

Sheridan, WY
Dog Swim Day
August 25, 2018
Kendrick Park Pool



Bark in the Park – Dog Friendly Baseball Games 2018

For these special events, a section of the stands is reserved for people and their dogs.

Atlanta Braves
Back by popular demand, the Atlanta Braves are hosting Bark in the Park, presented by WAG-A-LOT, on Sunday, May 20 at SunTrust Park! You and your dog can come cheer on the Braves as they take on the Miami Marlins at 1:35 p.m. You’ll enjoy the game from the Xfinity Rooftop and every dog will receive a Braves leash to wear proudly around town! Tickets are very limited and must be purchased in advance, so lock in your plans now to join us at the ballpark.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Join the D-backs and our canine companions at Chase Field for Bark at the Park on Sunday, May 6 against the World Series Champion Houston Astros! Be sure to come early to participate in the pre-game Puppy Parade on the warning track at Chase Field.

Cincinnati Reds
Enjoy the fun of Bark in the Park all season long, and save along the way! The four (4) game Bark in the Park Season Pass will be $160 total and include one (1) DOG ticket and one (1) HUMAN ticket to each of the four (4) BITP games throughout the year. Bark in the Park dates: Reds vs. Mets – May 8; Reds vs. Colorado Rockies – June 5; Reds vs. Milwaukee – Aug. 29; Reds vs. Kansas City – Sept. 25.

Houston Astros
Bring your Astros Rally Pup to enjoy the game at our annual Dog Day at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, September 2nd. Your pup will love watching the Houston Astros take on the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 pm and can participate in many of the fun, unique Dog Day activities such as a costume contest, pregame parade around the field, and more!

Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are excited to host Bark at the Park again in 2018! This year’s four events will be held on April 24, May 30, August 15 and September 12, 2018.

Los Angeles Dodgers
On Saturday April 14th, the Dodgers will hold Pups at the Park at Dodger Stadium. Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park and help cheer on their home team as the Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:10pm.

Miami Marlins
Sunday, August 27th. Bring your pup to Marlins Park to celebrate our annual Bark at the Park event. For the second time this year, we want to pack the park with our furry friends! Tickets for you and your dog are located in our Vista Level Reserved when you purchase a special event ticket. Proceeds will support the Humane Society of Broward County.

Milwaukee Brewers
Don’t let sleeping dogs lie on Thursday, May 24, as all four-legged friends are welcome to cheer on the Crew as they face the Mets. Fans who purchase a ticket package for Bark at the Park, presented by Nylabone and Pets Add Life, will be able to bring their canine companion to the game, plus receive a Brewers dog leash. To top it off, a portion of all Bark at the Parkticket packages sold will go to the Wisconsin Humane Society and Animal Rescue Foundation.

New York Mets
Join the Mets, North Shore Animal League America and Animal Rescue Foundation for Bark At The Park at Citi Field! Bring your canine companion and support these no-kill animal rescue and adoption organizations. Bark at the Park dates: Mets vs. Philies – April 2; Mets vs. Colorado Rockies – May 5; Mets vs. Marlins – Sept. 10.

Oakland Athletics
Take your best furry friend out to the ballpark at the annual Bark at the Park event, presented by AvoDerm Natural & Nylabone. This year’s event will be held on June 29, when the A’s take on the Cleveland Indians. All dogs and owners are invited to a pregame party, as well as a Pup Parade on the field.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Bring your Pup to the ballpark EVERY Tuesday home game in 2018.

San Diego Padres
Enjoy America’s Favorite Pastime with your four-legged pal by your side in an elevated backyard-inspired setting at Petco Park. The Barkyard presented by Petco is a fan favorite and features five semi-private, dog-friendly viewing areas in left-center field for every Padres home game accommodating up to four people and two dogs. Pricing starts at $104 for each viewing area and includes four tickets. New this year, fans wishing to attend 10 or more games in The Barkyard will have access to a Flex Membership in The Barkyard along with Padres Flex Membership benefits. The designated Pet Relief Area in the Park at the Park is conveniently located nearby.

San Francisco Giants
Come celebrate National Dog Day by bringing your best friend to AT&T Park! Sunday, August 20 vs. Rangers 1:05PM. Strut your stuff in a pre-game parade and costume contest!

Seattle Mariners
Grab your dog and join us at Safeco Field for one of four (4) Bark at the Park Nights. Dog Pack includes a human ticket, dog ticket, Mariners giveaway and postgame walk around the bases for just $50. Bark at the Park dates: Mariners vs. Astros – April 17; Mariners vs. Rangers – May 29; Mariners vs. Angels – July 5; Mariners vs. Orioles – Sept. 5.

St. Louis Cardinals
On Saturday, May 5th, the St. Louis Cardinals host the 14th Annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark. The purchase of a special ticket will grant you and your pooch the opportunity to enjoy the game in pet-friendly sections of the ballpark. You and your pooch are then invited onto the field to participate in a pre-game costume parade around the warning track. Pets are encouraged to show their Cardinals pride by wearing weather-appropriate team gear or their best summer-inspired costumes for a chance to win prizes and unique opportunities courtesy of Purina and the St. Louis Cardinals. All participants will receive a Purina goodie-bag and a Cardinals Pet Treat Jar courtesy of Purina.

Tampa Bay Rays
Sunday, April 15 at 1:10 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Phillies. The Tampa Bay Rays invite you and your puppy pal to Dog Day at the Rays presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Vodka for Dog People at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Philadelphia Phillies! For just $30 ($40 value) this specially priced ticket package includes a seat for you and your best pal in the tbt* Party Deck, Rays Dog Day themed item and dog themed activities throughout the game.

Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays. Bring your dog to Globe Life Park on Saturday, April 7, 2018! Dress your dog in their best Rangers gear and participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track. Don’t miss out on this unique event to watch the Rangers take on Toronto with your favorite furry friend!

Washington Nationals
Skip the dog park and come to Nationals Park! Pups in the Park Presented by Budweiser is a unique opportunity to bring your dog to a Nationals game. You and your dog will both get to enjoy the game with other dogs and dog lovers from seats in our pet-friendly Outfield Reserved section. We have 6 Pups in the Park games in 2018: Sunday, April 8 at 8:08pm vs. New York Mets; Sunday, April 29 at 1:35pm vs. Arizona Diamondbacks; Saturday, May 19 at 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; Saturday, June 23 at 4:05pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies; Friday, September 7 at 7:05pm vs. Chicago Cubs; Tuesday, September 25 at 7:05pm vs. Miami Marlins.

Woof Woof Reviews: Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel, NH

Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel

Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel

Portsmouth, NH is pure beauty with all the New England charm and colonial homes you’d expect. It’s situated directly on the water. Woof Woof loved smelling the sea air and walking across the bridge that within a mile or two led to Maine. It’s just an hour drive away from Boston and the same from Portland, Maine.

The Sheraton Harbourside hotel was just as charming as Portsmouth itself. Woof Woof had an array of room choices available to him from standard rooms to suites that are dog friendly. He was given a homemade dog treat made by the pastry chef, Lea. She offers them to all the canines staying in the hotel.

When Woof Woof entered the suite he stayed in, he barely sniffed it. He didn’t look at the view. He just gave an approving this-is-home-for-a-few-days look. He alternated his room time between the bed and a comfy couch while I watched TV.

With the exception of when we ordered room service, the lobby was much more interesting to him. The restaurant area is in enveloped by two curved staircases with pillars separating seating from the lobby. He loved climbing up and down the staircase. Marcia, who works in both the hotel and room service, brought Woof Woof extra slices of bacon.

When he retired to bed, he was grateful for the dog bowls the hotel provides for a few sips of water. Definitely a warm place for any canine visitor.


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Woof Woof Reviews: Holiday Inn Express Tucson-Airport, AZ

Holiday Inn Express Tucson Airport

Holiday Inn Express Tucson-Airport
Whether it’s the first day or the last day of your vacation, sometimes you just need a hotel that’s close to the airport and offers everything you need for a restful stay from a shuttle to the airport to a great breakfast and a gym to workout afterwards. And of course, the warm welcome your dog or cat needs and deserves. That’s exactly where we’d place the Holiday Inn Tucson Airport.

It’s not a place to spend a whole vacation, but it’s a great place if you’re working at nearby offices or passing through Tucson for a day or two. For humans, there’s a pool and hot tub. The pet fee is reasonable at $25 per pet and works for the whole stay. All pets are accepted, so you can bring your dog, cat, ferret, parakeet, etc.

Woof Woof loved the free breakfast offered to all guests, and it was pretty healthy for him. He ate an egg white omelet and half a bagel. The room was comfy, but it was the staff that made his stay. He couldn’t walk the lobby without a staff member stopping to pet him.


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Tips for Traveling with Your Pets by RV

By Rob Tischler, Owner Allstar Coaches

As vacation season approaches, many pet owners will have to decide between abandoning their furry friends to kennels or undertaking the significant hassles that come from making pet-friendly travel arrangements. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal. It’s never easy to find someone trustworthy to care for your beloved pet – even for short periods of time – and the high cost of kenneling only makes getaways that much more expensive.

And if you decide to bring your animal along on your precious vacation, you’ll face an entirely different set of challenges. Animals don’t understand departure gates, rest stops, or damage fees. But they do understand hunger, and fear, and the inevitable call of nature and act on those impulses without fail, no matter how well they’re trained. Fortunately, there’s another option that allows pet owners to travel with their fur babies free from trouble and added expense: the trusty RV.

Comfortable and suitable for all passengers – Fido included – RV’s combine transportation, luxury accommodations, and entertainment into a single fun package. Unlike in planes, trains, or automobiles, your pets won’t be confined to a cramped kennel. Instead, they’ll have the freedom to move around, look out the window, and cuddle with their favorite humans as you watch the miles melt away.

And you’ll love the freedom that comes with RVing too. Gone are the check-in and check-out times that dictate every travel move. Instead, you’ll have the freedom to set your own schedule. And after all, isn’t that what vacationing is all about? RV’s will also help make your vacations more affordable. With an RV, you travel, sleep, eat, and play in the same place. That means fewer nights in expensive hotels, more home-cooked meals, and more time enjoying your vacation.

Many companies, including Allstar Coaches, now offer a wide selection of pet-friendly RV’s you can rent for your next getaway. So if you think traveling in an RV with your pet is the perfect idea for your next vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind:

 Location. Location. Location: First, consider your location. There are three main points to consider before traveling to your destination with your pet:

  1. Make sure the park or campground is pet-friendly and accepts your dog’s breed (pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers can be restricted).
  2. Be aware of the area’s natural predators and poisonous plants that could harm your pet.
  3. Know the area’s climate. You can’t leave your pet unattended for extended periods of time inside or out, however, you do have the ability to control the indoor temperature in an RV.

Food & Water: Before you depart, you need to understand how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles. Just like humans, pets can get motion sickness. While traveling, make sure to keep pets on the same diet to avoid upset stomachs. Also feed them at the same time every day to maintain consistency. This should go without saying, but be sure to always give your pet plenty of water.

Collars & Leashes: No matter where you are going, keep your pet’s collar on at all times and bring multiple leashes. Some state and national parks, as well as campgrounds, have specific leash guidelines that might require your pet to be leashed at all times. You also never know how your pet will respond in an unfamiliar environment, and by always having a collar and leash on your pet, you can relax knowing they will remain under your safe supervision.

Documentation: Be sure to bring up-to-date records on your pet’s vaccinations, medical history, and registration. Some campgrounds and parks may require this information before your stay. In addition, ensure your pet has identification tags on their harness or collar. You may also consider getting your pet microchipped so you can be quickly reunited if your pet goes missing.

In-Motion Safety: If you aren’t sure how your pet handles fast-moving vehicles, talk with your veterinarian about prescribing nausea and anxiety medication. Use a crate or pet seat belt for active pets while the RV is moving. Even calm pets should be put in a safe place with blankets and padding. If at first your pet is showing signs of anxiety (pacing, drooling, panting), do not fret; it may take a few miles before they get comfortable in their new environment.

Noise: Abide by the park’s quiet hours to avoid noise violations and fines. For the most part, inappropriate noise stems from bored or nervous animals. Treats and toys add a sense of comfort and familiarity, creating a happy environment for your pet. If you do leave your pet unattended, play music while you are gone or tire them out with plenty of exercise beforehand.

Cleanliness & Sanitation: While you may have access to a bathroom 24/7 (another advantage of RV travel) that’s not the case for your pets. Let dogs go to the bathroom at least three to five times a day – consider it a nice stretch break. Always clean up and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. Parks and campgrounds require it and can potentially fine you for failing to comply, so bring waste disposal bags. For other pets, bring all the proper cleaning and sanitation supplies – you both have to live in there after all.

And lastly, remember half the fun of RV travel is getting there. And you’ll never have to leave your pet home alone during vacation, ever again.





4 Tips For Better Short And Long Distance Travelling With Dogs


Written by:  Amber Kingsley

Most dogs love nothing more than riding alongside with their masters on a good old-fashioned road trip. While the days of allowing them to stick their head out of the window are, for lack of better terms, pretty much out the window due to safety concerns. The best place for an animal travelling inside our vehicle is riding inside a crate or secured into another device that keeps them safe in the event of an accident, traversing sharp turns or coming to an abrupt stop.

Whether we’re going someplace local, like a trip to the veterinarian’s office, or on a cross country adventure, there are some things to know before taking off. Speaking of going to the vet, here’s the first of our terrific tips on making this journey more pleasant for them.

#1 – Better Vet Visits
Just as much as dogs enjoy riding in our automobiles, some are not particularly happy when this trip ends at the veterinarian’s office. But there is a way to lessen the blow about these regular visits. If your dog is a regular co-pilot on some of your local excursions, think about taking them to this office that doesn’t require them getting a shot or some other negative experience.

In other words, you could just swing by the vet’s office when you don’t have an appointment after a long walk through the parking lot or neighboring streets. Take them into the lobby on leash and give them a treat at the end of this process. This way they won’t always associate going to the doggie doctor with something unpleasant.

#2 – Pit Stop Perils
On the other hand, long distance travels can come with some unexpected surprises that many masters often overlook. One thing we do know for sure, we should plot our course with our pet in mind that includes puttings pit stops in place at rest areas, parks or other places we can take our dog out to stretch their legs and “do their business.”

Speaking of these potty breaks, while we’re responsible pet owners who clean up their animal’s waste, we can’t guarantee other people are doing the same. Domesticated pets and wildlife feces can transmit a number of different diseases so we need to be on the lookout for these droppings and keep our pets away.

#3 – Before A Bigger Journey
If your pet has not experienced a long journey, perhaps they’ve only gone on short drives and errands, you might want to work them up to greater distances over time. Try working them into your schedule when you take longer journeys before taking off on a really lengthy adventure.

If you’ll be crossing state lines or other types of boundaries, be sure to have all of your pet’s paperwork on hand. While this isn’t usually an issue, you never know when you might need this type of information when travelling. Don’t forget their microchip documentation in the unlikely event you become separated from your best friend.

#4 – Your Pet’s Travel-Ready Kit
You should always have food, a few treats and fresh water available for them inside your vehicle even if you’re only planning a short trip. You never know for sure if you’ll run into a lengthy traffic jam, have car trouble or another type of an unexpected delay.

Speaking of the unexpected, part of your pet’s travel package should also include an animal-friendly first aid kit with some of these items:


  • Hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Gauze, scissors, tape and disposable gloves
  • Towels and grooming wipes in case of an “accident”
  • A flashlight, again in case of the unexpected

Don’t forget your pet’s favorite blanket and toys. These familiar items will make both short and longer journeys more pleasant for them especially on those treks of many miles. Just the the popular motto of the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” for everything the open road could possibly throw your way and have fun out there!