RV Park Dog Restrictions: Why Are Certain Dogs Not Allowed?
According to Go RVing, 63% of RVers plan to involve a dog in their 2022 RV camping plans. Most dogs are enthusiastic adventurers and love being involved in whatever their family is doing.
Most RV parks see the value in welcoming dogs to their campground. Some RV parks even include amenities like dog parks with agility playgrounds just for dogs and their humans.
As dog-friendly as many RV parks are, the owners of dogs of certain breeds are sometimes shocked to find out that their dogs are banned from many parks. Typically, banned dog breeds include bully breeds, pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Doberman pinschers, German Shepherds, Wolf mixes, and Rottweillers.
Owners of these dogs rightfully feel indignant that their canine family member is on an RV park’s banned breed list—especially when they are responsible dog owners who have taken the care and responsibility to train their dogs to be well-behaved. So, why on earth do RV parks have breed restrictions, anyway?
Some reasons RV parks have breed restrictions
When your well-behaved dog is banned from an RV park strictly because of his or her breed, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the park management is solely responsible for the decision to restrict certain breeds. Although this might be part of the reason to ban certain dog breeds, it is rarely the case.
Jurisdictional Breed Restrictions
Some states or towns prohibit certain breeds. It’s always good to check with the local authorities if you think your dog might be on their restricted breed list.
Liability Insurance Requirements
All RV parks have liability insurance. Some insurance companies require restrictions of certain breeds on RV park property.
If the RV park needs insurance coverage in the event of a dog-related incident, it has to restrict certain breeds. This does not necessarily mean that dogs of restricted breeds are more aggressive to people or to other dogs. It does mean that the insurance companies don’t want to be on the hook for damages that might be caused if a dog of one of the restricted breeds were to attack another dog, or worse, a human.
Some dog breeds can be more intimidating than others
There is no reliable evidence that dogs of any breed are more likely to be aggressive than others. However, a few dog breeds have been bred for many generations to be more responsive to changes in the environment. This is responsiveness to changes in the environment is often expressed by alarm barking.
A few of these dogs react aggressively to environmental changes, especially if they have been encouraged to do so. In any case, guests at the RV park may be more intimidated by a 180-lb Rottweiller dog barking at them when they walk past a campsite than they would be by a 30-lb spaniel. RV parks want to make sure they are providing an enjoyable guest experience to most people at the park.
Where you can RV camp with your restricted breed dog?
Just because private RV parks won’t allow your dog doesn’t mean you can’t go RV camping with them. There are still plenty of places where your dog may be welcome.
Finding a dog-friendly RV park is easy with RV LIFE Trip Wizard. It will show you campgrounds along your route along with several other points of interest.
- Get in touch with RV park managers in the area you want to camp. Sometimes they will turn a blind eye if your dog is well behaved and you are a responsible dog owner.
- Camp on BLM land. Barring jurisdictional breed restrictions, you and your furry best friend could find camping heaven waiting for you.
- Camp at state parks: State parks don’t generally have dog breed restrictions. You’ll be required to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
- Camp at national parks: National parks don’t have breed restrictions either. You’ll be able to camp with your dog at national parks as well, but many park activities will exclude your dog.
If you have a dog that is frequently subject to breed prejudice and dog breed restrictions, you’ll need to read RV park rules before you register to stay there.
Being a responsible dog owner
Dog breed restrictions are ultimately made to help keep the RV park enjoyable for the majority of people. Wherever you go camping with your dog, there are always a few unspoken rules of good dog owner etiquette:
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times (outside of designated off-leash areas).
- Always pick up after your dog immediately. Dog droppings tend to camoflauge themselves in the natural environment until someone inadvertently steps in them (yuck). Picking them up right away helps to ensure no one has to wash poop off their shoes.
- Dispose of your dog’s waste in trash bins. Don’t ever leave filled waste bags along trails, or worse, toss them into the forest.
- Don’t allow your dog to bark and lunge at passersby. No one likes to be barked at when they are camping. Click here to read our article on how to help curb lunging and barking.
- Be a good neighbor by making sure your dog is quiet.
- Spend lots of time playing with and enjoying your dog. Your dog will thrive on the interaction and you’ll have more fun. Camping presents an ideal opportunity to try out dog parkour with your dog. Dog parkour is super fun dog agility that uses objects in the environment for obstacles. Check out http://www.dogparkour.org to learn more.
- Bring lots of dog toys and dog treats so your dog can have fun camping too. Keeping your dog busy will help him to be on his best behavior.
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