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Camper with dog - that's how you master it!
发布时间:2020-10-14 17:00:57 | 浏览量:1

Are you new to camping or have you just brought a ball of fur into your life and now want to travel with it in a motorhome? Ideal! For dogs, traveling in a camper is one of the most pleasant ways to discover the world. The little home always with them, the four-legged friend lives his dream, because he can always be very close to the mistress or master. No matter where you stay, your home smells the same and the basket is in the same place. All around in nature there is a lot to explore and other dogs are usually not far. It is not without reason that many dog owners have chosen this type of vacation for themselves and their four-legged friends. But camping with a dog must be planned. You can read how to master it here in this blog post.


Kathi & Andi With Charly


The dear mum and dad: Vanlife, surfing, the sea and Charly.

The fur nose loves: digging, long walks in the forest and peanut butter.

That's why they love green pet food: Because we know where the food comes from and what's in it. Charly accepted it immediately and likes to eat it.

Traveling alone means doing what you want according to your own wishes. But it looks different for two. Many say: “Don't humanize the dog!” But in the end your travel companion is a living being that has needs. The difference to a human is that the dog cannot comment on what he needs. So you have to think along for the dog in every situation.

Your dog should be seen as an equal travel companion. So if you have a dog bred for the Alps or for cold weather, for example, it will not be ideal for them to travel to tropical areas. Especially with long-term trips, the question arises what you would like to expect from your dog and you. To see how your little friend likes camping, you could just take a short trip near you and get him used to traveling by bus.

Basically, it is entirely up to you which countries you want to travel to with the motorhome and your dog. But do you have a certain idea of where to go? Find out in advance about the country-specific entry requirements for your dog. Other questions that influence the choice of your travel destination are: Can I take the dog with me to the nature park or to the sea? When camping at the lake with a dog, it is also important to know at which section of the lake the dog can go into and into the water.


A valid passport for the dog, in which all vaccinations are noted, is essential for traveling abroad. Any country-specific entry requirements are also very individual. This also goes hand in hand with the vaccinations required for the little four-legged friend. In the Mediterranean region, other diseases must be observed and preventively vaccinated than is the case for example in Asia, Africa or South America. In Europe, a so-called “basic package” has been agreed: a rabies vaccination, a chip for unique identification and both of these are noted in the blue EU pet passport.

By the way, these three important things are also crucial if you are considering adopting a dog during your trip. In this case it is also important that the dog must be at least 15 weeks old in order to be able to travel to a new country with you in the camper. Find out more details about such an adoption from abroad - for example also with regard to quarantine rules - in advance!

Some countries also require additional vaccinations, the administration of a worm tablet or a health certificate. So you can see that camping with a dog involves a certain amount of effort. However, all dog owners agree that they would not give their little one back for anything in the world. And we also think: the wagging of tails and the joy of exploring a new parking space is worth researching.

As with other means of transport, your dog must be well secured in the camper - this is required by law. Ideally, you can put a transport box in the living area. Seat belts for dogs are an alternative. Regular breaks are not only important for dogs, humans shouldn't overdo ourselves while driving either.

Does your dog tend to be calmer and sleep through the journeys or does he not feel good on wheels? If you have not been out in the car with your dog often, slowly approach the situation. First let him explore the camper and make friends with the new premises. Small trips will show how your furry friend likes driving.

During longer journeys, the dog must be protected from direct sunlight and water must also be available. The nice thing about camping anyway is not to drive far, but to stop wherever you like.


In general, dogs like to sleep in caves. If you are expanding your camper yourself, you could consider such a sleeping facility when planning. Our camper bed can be pulled out from a couch into a bed. Our stray Charly, who weighs around 15 kg and is 43 cm high, has plenty of space under the extended part. You should definitely give the dog a retreat in one of the corners of the bus. If you travel in colder temperatures, a warm bed is important, because the floor of the vehicle gets cold quickly. Whether you let your dog sleep in bed with you is of course entirely up to you.

Surrounded by nature, compared to a hotel, a campsite is probably paradise on earth for dogs. There are a few things to consider when choosing a campsite:

Are dogs allowed on the campsite?

Are there any additional fees?

In which area of the campsite are dogs allowed?

Which rules have to be followed? (Leash and / or muzzle obligation)

Does the campsite even have a dog beach?

It is therefore advisable to find out about the campsites with dog permits before traveling and, if necessary, to reserve a parking space. Remember that there are also people who are afraid of dogs or who do not want to be greeted directly by your dog with a waggle of tails when they walk past your pitch.

Sooner or later you will get into a situation in which you unfortunately cannot take your dog with you. Be it a water sport, a long, difficult hike, or just a restaurant or shop that doesn't allow dogs. What do you do with the dog when he can't come with you?


Leaving the dog in the heated car, especially in summer, is not only unacceptable to the animal, but is seen as cruelty to animals. Therefore, it is important that you think about where you can put your little four-legged friend in advance if you actually cannot take them with you.

Fenced spaces for dogs on campsites are very rare. Alternatively, but only if your dog is used to it, you can leash him to the camper in the shade. Make sure that the dog can lie in the shade the entire time and that there is enough water and, if necessary, food available.

Another option would be to give the dog to someone else to look after. Maybe you're traveling as a couple or as a family. Then someone can take over the supervision of the dog. Plus, when camping, you're never alone for long. So if you have made friends with other campers, it would be an option to ask if they can keep an eye on your dog for a certain time.

For camping with a dog - just like at home in the apartment or house - a fixed, as quiet as possible place for food and water should be kept. This is often not so easy in the smallest of spaces, but it is possible. In addition, the following questions arise: which food do I take with me, how much do I need and how do I stow it in the motorhome?


Dry food is ideal for traveling with your dog in a camper. It does not have to be refrigerated, it can hardly get bad and stays well sealed for a relatively long time.

Roughly work out how much food you need for your dog for your camping holiday and pack a little more.

Well-closable containers that are used exclusively for dog food are very practical. So you don't have to take out the whole sack every day.

If there is not enough food for your entire trip, get new ones in good time. This gives you the opportunity to gradually mix the two together if you change your diet and to protect your dog's gastrointestinal tract while traveling.

Besides the usual utensils such as dishes, leash, food and treats, what should you definitely pack for your camping holiday with your dog? We think: less is more.

Muzzle: When crossing borders, the dog may have to wear a muzzle for a short time. It's good if he's already used to it.

Occupation: Your favorite chew toy definitely has to go with you on your camping trip.

Towel for your four-legged friend: Camping means traveling in the smallest of spaces. If it does rain, it is advisable to dry the dog well before boarding the camper.

Carabiner: For easy leash on the car. So the line doesn't have to be knotted every time.

In summary, one can say: camping holidays with dogs are by no means boring. The pack stays together and lives in a confined space. You can make a dream come true for your four-legged friend. So let's go! Pack your dog's bag with the most important things, find out about the entry requirements of your destination countries and, if necessary, book a campsite in advance. Have fun camping with your dog!


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