How to dog-proof a caravan

Take steps to protect your caravan when travelling with your pet pooch.

Just as you take precautions to protect your furniture at home, you also need to protect your van’s interior when you take your pet on holiday.

Here are some tips to help protect your caravan.

For seating, leather or vinyl upholstery are the best options, as they are easy to clean and don’t absorb dirt or odours. If you’re concerned about scratches, use a distressed leather alternative. You can always use throw-rugs, but be prepared to wash them frequently. Carry a portable powerful cordless vacuum cleaner to give your furniture a quick once-over every couple of days to prevent a build-up of hair. Before vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda on your van’s furniture, as it’s a great way to neutralise pet odours.

While you may prefer blinds to curtains, you might have to compromise for your dog’s sake. Pooches love to look out the window, even when the caravan is parked, and they can do serious damage to both horizontal and vertical blinds when they jump up to peer outside. Curtains are also easier to clean, as you can just throw them into the wash.

Remove any temptations your dog can easily find. This includes rubbish bins, shopping bags – particularly if they have food packages in them – cushions and other loose items.

Before you depart, write a pet checklist. Use this to confirm you have packed all the necessary items for your dog, so you don’t have to compromise on the way. The list should include, leads, food/water bowls, pet food, treats, toys, bedding, brush, towel, coat, poop-bags, medications, pet first-aid kit and anything else specific to your dog’s needs.