If you love camping, there’s really nothing better than including your pets in the fun! To make sure you all enjoy your time together, look for campsites that are really suitable for pets.
Not all pet campsites are created the same! We have been traveling around the country with our camper for eleven years and have experienced the full range … from superb pet pets to barely tolerant pets.
When planning your trip, it is important to find a campsite that you and your pet will enjoy. So you may be wondering, “How do I know if campsites are suitable for pets before I make my reservations?”
What makes campsites really pets?
Finding really pet campsites is easy! Just look for parks that do the following:
Clearly communicated rules for pets
Each campsite sets its own pet policy. Some allow you to put a pen or use a tie for your pets in your campsite; others do not. Some require you to be outdoors at all times when your pet is outside. Many do not allow pets to be left unattended in your RV. There are often areas where pets are not allowed (such as the pool). And some charge extra for pets.
Whatever policy the campsite adopts, it is important that they communicate it clearly. Providing these details allows you to choose a park that suits your needs.
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A place to go
We once stayed at a campsite that only allowed dogs to relax in a certain area. And to make sure the dogs got there without incident, the owners had to drive them to the pet area! Pets were not allowed on the roads of the campsite.
Although this campsite has taken things a little further, we appreciate when certain areas are provided for walking dogs with garbage bags and rubbish bins. This is a good way to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Really pet-friendly campsites will offer pet-friendly areas with several different surfaces, such as grass and sawdust, to keep all your dog guests comfortable.
Large area without strap
After a long day in the house, the words “We have an area without a leash” are music to my ears. But nothing is more frustrating than waving Miles there, just to find a postage stamp-sized enclosure.
Campgrounds with chihuahua-sized dog parks should indicate this on their websites and marketing materials. But they don’t. So, if you have larger dogs, ask this question before making your reservations!
Well maintained park and dog park
For pet passengers, the health and safety of our pets is always our primary concern. Finding abandoned pet waste, broken glass or rubbish in our campsite raises immediate concerns about the well-being of our pet.
The tall grass, which houses ticks and fleas, abandoned dog litter or broken agility equipment in the area outside the leash, is also disturbing.
The photos that the campsites post on their website may present a rosy version of reality. To determine the cleanliness of campsites suitable for pets, it is best to read reviews written by recent guests.
Space for distribution
Dog’s bark. Often in other dogs. And when a puppy starts, it often follows “singing together.” This is part of a stay at campsites suitable for pets.
Camping managers could help reduce the amount of barking by keeping campers away with dogs. But some choose the opposite strategy, packing all the pet spots in the corner of the park.
When choosing campsites suitable for pets, look for those with larger campsites and where there is no separate area for all pet campers. Also ask for a campsite with more privacy or one that is at the end of the line to give your dog more space than dog neighbors.
Pet cabins suitable for pets
Campsites who are genuinely excited to welcome a furry guest will identify some or all of their camping cabins as pets. These are cabins that can be rented by people traveling without their own, tent, camper or RV.
The camping cabins are quite simple with wooden floors and minimal furniture. They make a wonderful alternative to a hotel for travelers with pets! Still, few campsites that claim to be suitable for pets allow pets for rent. For parks that do, this is a good indicator of their home ease.
All pets are welcome
Another excellent indicator of pet-friendly campsites is the inclusion of their pet policies. Do they impose weight restrictions? We have seen them allow only pets up to 20 kilograms! In my experience, the size of the dog has little to do with the quality of his manners.
And some campsites discriminate against dogs based on their breed. The knowledge that camping prohibits certain breeds is a red flag for me. How can this be a pet?
In my opinion, a dog of any breed can behave badly. And if they do, campground managers should ask their owners to pick them up and leave. But there is no justification for setting pet policies that continue to discriminate and misinform against certain breeds.
Share local information
Pet campsites that do all of the above and share area information with their guests are the cream of the harvest! The locations of hiking trails suitable for pets, pet shops, the nearest 24-hour animal hospital are all information that I appreciate.
Guests would probably like to know if there are bears or coyotes in the area. Or that the pets got sick from swimming in a nearby lake or pond.
Can you think of other things that campsites could do to be more pet-friendly?
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