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Hello, So far we have always taken our dog camping. Doesn't seem like it would be a good camping trip without him. That said, all that you point out is true. We drove a week from Florida to Yosemite. Inside Yosemite, dogs were only allowed on paved sidewalks. As well you could not leave the dog unattended. So, basically we have walked every paved inch of Yosemite Valley. It was like being at Disney World. In our travels, National Parks are the worse when it comes to dogs. State parks especially back east are much more accomdating to campers and dogs in our experience. We like to stop and take day hikes.
Traveling with a dog does also limit your stops. Museums and Restaurants are difficult. You can pop the top, open the windows and turn a fan on, but not much fun for the dog. So we prepare all of our meals, and if we stop, a requirement is some shade either under a tree or covered garage.
We stopped last summer beginning of June at the Hershey Museum in PA. It was "hot". I noticed some cars parked under trees and asked the parking attendant if we could park there. It was an area for employees. She said sure and we left Jake for a couple hours in the shade with the van windows wide open with a fan and a nice breeze. Still, I was worried about leaving him.
So, if you have limited travel time and want to hit restaurants and other points of interest, you may want to consider making arrangements for your dogs. mark
We take our dog on all our major road trips. If we go into a restaurant, or need a pit stop, we have a really long rope that attaches to his leash, which we attach to our passenger side seat belt. He is about 50 lbs, and it holds him just fine. Mister Bojangles is a pretty mellow guy though... so I guess if you have an aggressive dog you might want to think twice. He is also cool with us just leaving him in the bus... we open up all the windows, and he just chills in there.