Camping with a Dog

July 2022

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Camping with a Dog
Top Tips for Keeping Everyone Comfortable

Planning a camping trip and want to bring your dog along? Camping with a dog takes a bit of extra work, but the payoff is worth it. With these helpful tips, you’ll be set for a great trip.

Dogs enhance almost any activity, especially outdoors. It stands to reason that they can make your camping trip better too! Plus, exposing your dog to new experiences is a great way to keep them mentally and physically stimulated while encouraging the development of social skills. Most campsites allow dogs, but you’ll want to double-check before booking your spot. Then, it’s time to start getting ready.

Preparation Tips

The best way to ensure a successful trip is to plan ahead. This includes giving your dog a flea and tick preventative and perhaps even going for a complete checkup if they are due for one. Your dog should be up to date on all vaccinations and have tags with accurate information. Being microchipped is also ideal if they get loose. Locate a veterinary hospital near the campsite in case of emergencies as well.

As the camping dates approach, start taking longer walks with your dog or getting them used to spending more time outside. Working on recall and other types of obedience training might also be a good idea.

Packing Tips

Dogs don’t need too much gear to have a great time outdoors, but there are a few necessities. You may want some new, high-quality gear like a harness, collar, and leash. A long tether (from 15 to 30 feet) is also important to have at the campsite. Pick up a dog first-aid kit and pack it along with your own as well.

When it comes to dog food, pack more than you think you might need. If your dog expends more energy out on the trail or at the campsite, then they may need to eat more too.

Campsite Tips

At the campsite, the number one rule is to always keep your dog secure, whether on-leash or on the tether. Even obedient dogs can get excited by all the new sights, smells, and sounds and wander off. Be sure to clean up after your dog, don’t leave them unattended, and try to keep barking to a minimum. Campsites and campers are usually very tolerant and understanding of excited dogs, just make sure the barking isn’t uncontrollable or continuing late into the night.

Dogs can also get overheated when out in the sun. It is very important to leave plenty of water out and provide your dog with a shaded spot to relax.

Sleeping Tips

The best place for your dog to sleep is likely in the same tent as you. This will keep them warm and safe from wandering off at night. To make it a comfortable situation for everyone, make sure you have a large enough tent.

Your dog should also have a soft and padded place to lay down, like their dog bed, dog sleeping bag, or their own inflatable mat. Make sure the zippers are securely closed before turning in for the night as well. You’d be surprised how easily they can be opened by a dexterous nose! Consider using a small carabiner or simply pile some of your belongings in front of the zippers.

Enjoy more of life’s adventures with your best friend. Camping with a dog is a lot of fun, and it only requires a bit of preparation for you both to have a good time.

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