Pets Camping Style

Leash Laws & Common RV Park Rules

California passed dog tethering regulations in 2006.  Health & Safety Code, Division 105, Part 6, Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 122335) “prohibits a person from tethering, fastening, chaining, tying, or restraining a dog to a dog house, tree, fence, or other stationary object for a period of time not to exceed three hours in a 24-hour period.”  However RV parks and campgrounds are specifically exempted from this provision and allow a person to “tether, fasten, chain, tie, or otherwise restrain a dog pursuant to the requirements of a camping or recreational area.”

Campgrounds and RV parks want all of their guests to enjoy their stay.  And unfortunately, some poorly trained pet owners, allow their pets to become a nuisance.  As a result, campgrounds and RV parks have developed rules over the years to ensure the enjoyment of all their campers. 

These might be some park rules found at RV parks and campgrounds in California:

  • Each pet must be licensed and inoculated in accordance with local law.  Evidence of licensing and inoculation shall be submitted to Park Management within seven (7) days of receipt of written request for such information.
  • Pets must be on a leash when not inside the RV.
  • Any pet running loose in the Park will be taken to Animal Control.
  • Pets will not be allowed in the clubhouse or any recreational area at any time.
  • Pets will not be allowed to cause any disturbance which might annoy neighbors, including, but not limited to, barking, growling, biting or any other unusual noises or damage.  Under no condition is a pet to invade the privacy of anyone’s campsite.
  •  Pet owners are responsible at all times for their pets, including injury, destruction, and annoyances to other campers, and the Park and Park Management shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any kind whatsoever caused by a camper’s pet.
  • No exterior pet housing is permitted in the Park.  This includes, but is not limited to, any type of confining barricade or structure.
  • The tying up of pets outside the RV and leaving them unattended is prohibited.
  • Pets are not permitted to be walked in the Park and should be taken off the premises when exercising.  If a camper’s pet is allowed to exercise in the campsite or elsewhere, all excrement must be picked up, wrapped in paper and placed in the trash immediately.

In addition to the above rules, some breeds of dogs may not be permitted in a California campground.  In many instances, these restrictions are imposed by the campground’s liability insurance provider and the campground management may not have a choice in the matter.  Other times, campground management may put restrictions on the number and size of pets depending on the intended length of stay.

State Parks, beaches and other public places have specific leash laws and restrictions. Click here to read more

Vaccinations A rabies certificate or dog license may be required to bring a dog into a State Park, National Forest or Park, county park, or commercial campground. Make sure to pack this vital paperwork before you leave home.

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