Friday, December 9, 2022


Readers tell us: Do you prefer an RV park that does, or does not, allow dogs?


By Emily Woodbury

Well, by reading the results of this poll I know which ones of you I like, and who I don’t like. I’m kidding, sort of, although I really don’t trust people who don’t like dogs, or who don’t want to be around them 24/7. Do you even have a heart? Okay, now I’m just teasing you.

Last Monday we wanted to know if you prefer an RV park that does, or does not, allow dogs. I get why 22 percent of you prefer a park that doesn’t allow our furry friends: sometimes they yap, sometimes they leave messy “presents” for you to step in…yadda yadda. But just to be clear… You DO like dogs, don’t you? Some of you, 36 percent, don’t care one way or another, while another 43 percent of you said the park must allow dogs or else you won’t stay. (I’m assuming that’s the dog owners who voted on that one.)

Let’s see what you commenters had to say…

Alvin, who probably wishes he had a pet chameleon, said, “Hey, nothing wrong with the fur pals I’ve ever noticed to any extent, it’s the moms and pops I have the trouble with. They’re the two legged ones who think everyone should fawn over and treat their four legged kids like royalty. To me the pets are simply expensive albeit often cute accouterments for lonely people, afraid to talk to other humans, unless they too have a dog, cat or chameleon in tow.” Too funny!

A reader who didn’t quite know how to differentiate between their name and their comment wrote, “The dogs are fine it’s the people.” Well, yes, I agree.

Thomas is having a “ruff” time at his current RV park. He commented, “I’m in an RV resort for the winter and across the street from me they have 2 dogs that bark non stop if they go away. Management does nothing about it. When they are home the dogs are ok, until the owners decide to walk them. Then those dogs are the happiest things alive (more barking while they hook up the leashes). Only 1 more month of barking, the people are not friendly.” Sorry, Thomas. That doesn’t sound like fun at all.

I get it though, a barking dog is not the fun kind of dog. I’ve owned dogs my whole life, will drop anything for a good belly rub (well, for myself and for a dog), but a barking dog sure does drive me up a wall. *shudder*

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2 years ago

I love dogs!! But if you will not control your dog and clean up after it, I would rather not have them in the campground.

Ed K
2 years ago

I don’t understand dog owners who can’t figure out what a 6 foot leash means. They obviously feel there extendable leash is perfectly fine and the rules don’t apply to them. I wonder what they figure the social distancing 6′ distance is?

2 years ago

I would rather be in a no dogs park because of badly behaved dog owners! As toddlers, first our daughter, then both of our grandsons, ended up being terrified of dogs because of being jumped on from behind and knocked over (all at no dog beaches). Fortunately my neighbour, who always has two rottweilers, has worked hard to rebuild the kids’ trust around dogs. So far, success with 2 out of 3 and still working on the third. I had a dog as a kid and I don’t understand why now there are so many dog owners who feel none of the rules or etiquette apply to their dogs.

2 years ago

1st and foremost, I like some dogs that are well behaved and their owners have taken time to train them so.

With that…Let the chips fall….Here goes…and here come a hundred negatives. But before you post that negative, think about your own pet’s behavior (be real) and those that you have seen at your favorite RV park.

What I do tend to see is that most older RV owners have small yappy dogs. They are nervous and bark at their own fart. Most older folks at least respect their neighbors and most pick up after their pets. But we have been in a number of places people watching and even some of these folks neglect to pick up after their pets. They cannot bend over due to physical limitations to clean it up and therefore, they just keep going.

For the younger to middle age, they tend to get huge dogs (sometimes as big as a horse) and they don’t care about their neighbors AT ALL. They let the dogs run loose everywhere. They bark and bite at everything. They crap leaving huge turds for everyone to smell and step in. And not necessarily on the owners property. The bigger dogs have tongues that must be 15′ long and lick all over everything. I don’t appreciate being licked on by a dog since I know they just licked their butt or other parts. Keep that tongue to yourself.

Regardless of a large dog or small dog, they ALL like to pee on everything. I just washed my truck. Why should it be appropriate or allowed by me to have YOUR dog come over and pee on my tires?

If a dog remains in control, is contained on a 6′ leash and keeps the barking under control, I have respect for the owner. For those that don’t, well, it’s best we not meet.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

I agree 100%, TravelingMan. 😀 —Diane at

2 years ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Totally on board with your response! I am in an RV park with a neighbor on each side with a dog. One I never would know they have a dog the other with a dog that barks constantly at anything! It’s so annoying! The owner could care less that it may bother someone. So over it!

2 years ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Everything you say I agree with. Can’t stand yappy dogs and large barking dogs that you hear from one end of the campground to the other. Add to the list of why everyone has to listen to your dog bark endlessly in your canvas popup RV all day when you are gone. {bleeped} dogs peeing and craping on everyone else’s area except your own and with a leash of course long enough at your site to have your dog under my picnic table too. Been at places where leash was required, but the dog runs constantly in my area dragging a leash on with no owner, all day, with the owner aware to let the dog run. I would gladly stay at a “no dog” park.

2 years ago
Reply to  Bobby

Some of those kids out there are not much better. Parents and schools teach them nothing about respect these days. How many kids (mostly small girls) have you heard screaming at the top of their lungs? It almost sounds like a murder just happened.

Or how about the foul mouth boys yelling at each other or wearing their swim suits down around their knees?

And lets not leave out the adults that are drunker than a skunk stumbling all over themselves and running around half (or whole) naked.

If this is what “socialism” is supposed to be, leave us out.

We seek out isolated places when possible.

2 years ago

I don’t mind others with their dog(s), just if they’d all respect others that may not like them coming into contact with them. I had a dog for years, but would not allow it to go sniff or bother others especially while walking. Another problem is MANY dog owners don’t clean up their dog’s dumpings. They think “oh, it’ll break down when it rains” or they may think it’s ok to dump wherever and whenever…after all, I dont live here , lastly….”oh…I dont want to touch that!!” And I say thanks to the MANY responsible pet owners that do clean up after their pets and at least try to control them. After all, who wants to step in it? NOT ME!

2 years ago
Reply to  Norm

I am also a former dog owner. We always abided by the rules and expected the same from other owners. It is really just common courtesy.

Jim Knoch
2 years ago

I have 3 chihuahuas that travel with us since there is no one else at home that would take care of them, we must bring them. Besides, One helps me drive the truck while in tow … Franklin sleeps on the seat and cries when I get out to fill-up with gas or park the TT… what a co-pilot! He is also great on hikes, too. He walks and sniffs for the first mile then I carry him the rest of the way.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

The only times I like having dogs in the campground is at national parks. If dogs are present, larger animals tend to stay away. However, dog owners tend to be more social, and know all the gossip in the campground.

2 years ago

I’d have to agree with you Donald. If I have two contacts with a fellow human in a campground during a typical stay it’s because I bumped into one of the two at the door leading to the laundry room. If I had a dog in tow I’d know 75% of the people in the campsite. Aren’t humans evolving lovely?

2 years ago

LOL you have a wonderful sense of humor!