Camping and RVing with Dogs: The Complete Reference for Dog-Loving Campers and RVers


If you’re one of the millions of families who take their dogs camping each year, you  need the information found in this book which include:

·        Eight steps you can take to make sure your dog never gets lost

·        Fun activities for campers and RVers with dogs

·        Five easy tricks for finding campgrounds and RV parks that really like dogs

·        How to ...

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If you’re one of the millions of families who take their dogs camping each year, you  need the information found in this book which include:

·        Eight steps you can take to make sure your dog never gets lost

·        Fun activities for campers and RVers with dogs

·        Five easy tricks for finding campgrounds and RV parks that really like dogs

·        How to prepare your vehicle or your RV for campground life with a dog

·        How to tackle a medical emergency involving your dog

·        Exciting new places and unforeseen risks – ten proven tricks for keeping your dog safe no matter where you go

·        Secrets for keeping your dog cool during the dog days of summer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762754618
  • Publisher: Woodall's Publications Corp.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack and Julee Meltzer are fulltime RVers who live in a motorhome along with a big dog, two stray cats, and their baby girl.  They have been living and writing about the RV lifestyle for more than five years.  Jack and Julee are also the authors of “The RV Makeover Bible” and plan to continue enjoying and writing about one of the most rewarding lifestyles in the world.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 The Ten Commandments 5

1 Make sure that your dog can't get lost 5

2 Get your dog's vaccinations up to date 6

3 Call the campground before you go 6

4 Make pet safety your number one priority 7

5 Take responsibility for your dog 7

6 Learn about your immediate environment 7

7 Anticipate problems 8

8 Involve your dog in everything you do 8

9 Make it easy to find your dog 8

10 Savor the experience 10

Chapter 3 The Top Ten Rules of Dog Safety 11

1 Don't let your dog go out without a leash 11

2 Protect them from rabies and heartworm 12

3 Watch your dog when setting up camp 12

4 Check your batteries 13

5 Keep an eye on your dog's behavior 13

6 Learn how to provide first aid to your dog 14

7 Have an emergency action plan 14

8 Watch the heat 14

9 Avoid high-risk situations 15

10 If your dog gets lost, don't panic 15

Chapter 4 Getting Ready for the Trip 17

Things to Do Before You Go 17

Bring your Dog to the Vet 18

Get a Copy of your Dog's Vaccination Records 19

Give them a Bath 20

Making Sure your Dog Never Gets Lost 21

Always Use a Leash 21

Train your Dog 23

The Best Ways to Keep Track of your Dog 24

Packing 27

A Ready-to-use Check-List for your Dog 27

Handling Unique Travel Considerations 29

Fearful Dogs 29

Disabled and Older Dogs 30

Dogs with Motion Sickness 31

Shedding 33

Aggressive Dogs and Controversial Breeds 33

Preparing for Full-time RVing with Dogs 34

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Trip 36

Preparing your Vehicle for a Dog 38

Feeding 41

Drinking Water 43

Sleeping Accommodations 45

Dog Toys 45

Preparing for Problems 46

Dog-proofing your RV 46

MedicalEmergencies 49

Accidents 51

Highway Breakdowns 52

Lengthy Repairs 53

Fires 53

Chapter 5 Traveling with Your Dog 55

Keeping your Dog Safe and Comfortable 55

Where to Keep your Dog during the Trip 56

Keeping your Dog with you 56

Keeping your Dog in the Towed Vehicle 58

Monitoring your Dogs Remotely 59

Using a Crate 60

Securing the Crate 62

Keeping them Cool 62

Traveling with Multiple Dogs 63

Traveling with Puppies 66

Camping and RVing with Mixed Pets 69

Traveling with Dogs and Children 70

Crossing the U.S. Border with Your Dog 71

The Canadian Border 71

Special Purpose Dogs 71

The Mexican Border 72

Stopping to Give Your Dog a Break 72

Chapter 6 Finding Places to Stay with a Dog 77

Types of Campgrounds 78

Choosing the Type of Campground to Stay AT 80

Convenience & Close Proximity to Area Interests 80

Convenient Location & Greater Privacy 81

Relatively Good Location & Natural Beauty 82

Breathtaking Natural Beauty & Abundant Wildlife 82

Negligible Cost & Rugged Natural Beauty 83

How to Use a Campground Directory 84

Pet-Related Policies and Restrictions 86

Finding a Pets-Welcome Campground 89

Bondocking with Dogs 93

Chapter 7 Campground Life with a Dog 97

Pets-Welcome Campgrounds 98

Arriving at the Campground 98

Lining up Emergency Medical Care 101

Caring for Your Dog When You Can't 102

Securing Your Dog at a Campground 103

Being a Good Neighbor 106

Leaving Your Dog at the Campground 110

Temperature Monitoring Systems 113

Other Backup Solutions 115

Thermostatic Controlled Roof Fans 116

Auto-Start Generator Products 117

Friends and Family 118

Activities for Your Dogs 119

Ten Tips for Taking Great Dog Photos 123

What to Do if your Dog Gets Lost 126

Workcamping with a Dog 128

Chapter 8 Handling Unique Environments 129

The Desert 129

Coping with Dangerous Desert Plants 132

Avoiding Predators in the Desert 135

Forest Lands 138

Dealing with Insects 143

Dealing with Animals in Wooded Areas 145

Freshwater and Marine Environments 148

Camping Near Cities 151

Urban Hazards in the City 153

Dealing with People in the City 154

Chapter 9 Handling Medical Problems 157

Dealing with Severe Medical Conditions 158

Dealing with a Choking Dog 161

Performing Artificial Respiration 162

Performing CPR on Your Dog 164

Checking Your Dog's Pulse 165

Checking Your Dog's Temperature 166

Handling Specific Medical Emergencies 166

Bleeding 167

Broken Bones 168

Burns 169

Car Accidents 170

Drowning 171

Exposure and Hypothermia 172

Gunshot Wounds 173

Dehydration and Heatstroke 174

Electric Shock 175

Snake Bites 176

Poisons 177

A First Aid Kit for Dogs 179

Pet Health Record 182

Background Information 182

Vaccinations 183

Special Medical and/or Dietary Issues 183

Index 187

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