RVing with intelligent dogs like Wyatt means taking extra precautions. Image: LiveWorkDream.com
3 Dangers Of RVing With Dogs That Are Totally Preventable
Many of us canâ€™t imagine life on the road without our canine co-pilots. For their safety, we must be aware of important dangers of RVing with dogs.
Dogs enhance our experiences in nature. They force us to take time and smell the flowers, to sit and savor the scenery and explore our surroundings when the time is right. But for all the joys of RVing with dogs, certain dangers lurk in this lifestyle that donâ€™t exist in the real world.
At best, these pet hazards can cost you a lot of money at the vet clinic. At worst, your petâ€™s life may be at risk. If you think of yourself as a responsible pet parent, youâ€™ll want to avoid these common RVing dog dangers.
1. Donâ€™t let your pooch drive the RV.
As parent to a high strung, intelligent German Shepherd who recently passed, I always worried that one day he would take his role as co-pilot a little too seriously. Thatâ€™s why anytime we park our Dodge RAM, we put on the emergency break to ensure he doesnâ€™t attempt a getaway.
After all, thousands of children have been known to accidentally hit a gearshift and send the vehicle into motion. Knowing my dog is as smart as the average two-year-old human, it makes sense that heâ€™s capable of doing the same.
Setting the emergency brake seems like the common sense thing to do whether youâ€™re driving a passenger car or RVing with children or pets. But I also know that after a long dayâ€™s drive, even little pet safety tasks like this are easily forgotten. And thatâ€™s exactly what happened to this poor guy in Texas:
Whatever kind of RV you drive, make it a habit
René M. Agredano