If you’re a fan of the great outdoors you’ve no doubt considered bringing your pup with you! This can be a great opportunity for bonding and to give your dog some great exercise. Many dogs love being out in nature with their owner, and playing in the water if the opportunity presents itself! However, if it’s your dog’s first time you may understandably a little worried about taking him a long! There are a lot of dangers present in the woods, and if you’re unprepared it’s possible for your dog to get lost or be injured. Large predators are a serious threat, and you’ll need to keep an eye on Fido at all times for him to remain safe for your trip. Here’s a few tips to get prepared!
Familiarize your dog with your tent
If you’ll be camping in a tent you’ll most likely want your dog to sleep with you inside. Therefore it would be recommended to see how your dog handles being in the tent. If your dog is not accustom to being kenneled they may react poorly to small spaces! Set up your tent in your backyard for a trial run. You might even try sleeping in the tent for a night to see how your dog handles it. Many dogs will take to this quickly, and they’ll think it’s great fun to hang out with you in the tent.
Find a Pooch Friendly Campground
While many campsites will welcome your canine companion this is not the case for all of them. This might be particularly true of campgrounds near beaches as they tend to be very strict on dogs who can cause damage to nesting birds or sea turtles. The good news is that most websites will mention whether they allow dogs. If they don’t you might have to make a quick call to the campsite to make sure. You don’t want to show up only to find out that your pup is not allowed in! You’ll lose your camping deposit or have to take your dog back home. That’s no fun! Even if your campground does allow dogs be sure to keep your pup by your side at all times. Some of the other campground visitors might not be as fond of dogs as you are. While it seems bizarre to a dog lover that anyone could not love their dog the truth is that some people are afraid of them due to being bitten by other dogs in the past. Even if your dog is very friendly it’s best to keep them in your own campsite or on a leash unless someone asks for them to visit.
What does your dog need for his camping trip?
When you go camping you have a checklist right? There’s stuff you need to make sure you have for any humans that go camping with you, and you’ll now need a dog list too! Here’s a few things to make sure.
- Dog ID tags/Rabies tags
- Collars, leashes or harnesses
- Doggy life vest (If you’ll be on the water)
- Bowls and food
- Ground stake and a dog lead (If you plan to put a dog run at your camp)
- Dog kennel (Some people use their tent, but if your dog is prone to escape..not a good plan)
- Poop bags
- Dog toys/treats
The dog kennel isn’t really needed, but it’s a good idea for rambunctious pups. While many campers can leave their dogs in their tents it’s not a great idea if your dog is a chewer or determined to escape. A moderately strong dog will either chew a hole in your tent or uproot the whole thing stakes and all! If you feel like this description fits your dog then bring a kennel if you might have to ever leave them alone for a period of time that’s more than around ten minutes. I’d recommend keeping the collar and ID tags on your dog at all times. No matter how well trained your pup is there’s still a chance of them getting lost in a strange place, and you want to have every opportunity for them to be returned should another camper or a park ranger finds them! If you live in a place that’s prone to mosquitoes you might want to invest in a dog friendly insect repellent as well. These flying pests are known to carry heart worms and other nasty diseases with them. Better safe than sorry!