Many dog owners leave their dogs behind when going for their camping, but that’s not ideal as dogs feel the same yearning for adventure. Besides, it is so much fun when you go camping with your furry friend.
Luckily, many campsites allow you to take your dog Fido with you. Even if there are processes you have to follow before your dog can accompany you to the camping site, it is usually simple and not much of a burden.
Come to think of it – Do you know sleeping outdoors can introduce new experiences for your four-legged friends? So giving them the chance to go camping with you creates an adventurous feeling in your Fido.
However, you need to know about some important tips before going camping with your dog.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to ensure you get the best camping experience with your dog:
Plan a dog-friendly trip
You need to ensure you’re vising a dog-friendly camp. Some national parks and states have strict rules on where you can go with your dog within the parks. Most times, dogs are not allowed on some trails or in the backcountry. Places, where wolves, bears, and other large predators are present are no-go areas.
So you can make your research before heading to your destination to know if the place allows dogs and what rules are in place if it is allowed.
Some places place no restrictions on dogs or any other pets and no rules to keep up with. So you can simply research and follow the rules or opt for camp options with no restrictions or rules.
However, you need to be aware of leash requirements while on campgrounds. While you want to allow your dog to roam free in the woods, you need to keep in mind that there could be RVs, ATVs, carts, bikes, mountains, and other vehicles present on the trails or roads.
Pack the necessary items
You can get travel-friendly outdoor bowls and beds that can fit into your backpack. And if you’re going on a boat, you can get a LED collar for your dog so they can be easily spotted. Sometimes, the current can be unpredictable and your dog might sustain injuries if the boat capsizes. So get a LED collar for your Fido.
You need to consider warmth when going camping with your dog. Getting a coat for your furry friend, especially when they are short-haired, is important to keep them warm when the temperature drops at night. If you leave this item out, then you better be ready to have your dog share your sleeping bag with you.
Water is very important for any camping trip with your Fido. You should carry more than you think you need. In fact, double the amount of water that you would typically take to ensure your dog stays hydrated.
Some campgrounds offer water spigot, so ensure you check online ahead to see if the campground offers this feature. If they do not, prepare to go with your own water.
Another important way to avoid dehydration is to go with a collapsible dog bowl that can clip onto your backpack. Carry water with you wherever you go; you never know whether it would save your dog’s life in an emergency.
Go with a first aid kit
It is better to be prepared for the unforeseen, such as minor injuries. Pack a first aid kit for your camping adventure.
Some important items that need to be included in the pack include iodine for cleaning wounds and cuts, non-stick bandages, tweezers to remove ticks, gauze, scissors, Benadryl, an emergency fold-up blanket for tackling cold or shock, booties for protecting injured paws, etc.
If your dog sustains an injury and it is something beyond what you can comfortably handle, it is better to contact a local emergency vet. You can search ahead for a nearby veterinarian close to the camping site; collect their phone number and address and store it on your phone or diary.
Never be afraid to ask the camp staff questions. You can inquire about anything relating to your and your pet’s health.
Bring dog waste bags and show respect to people you meet
Camping is a lovely experience as you get to meet new people and connect with natural resources. However, the experience comes with a little responsibility. You must learn to protect the nature surrounding you, the trials, and the campground.
You need to respect the environment and leave no trace. A good way to do this is to bring dog waste bags with you to pick up after your dog.
Apart from your natural environment, you need to remember to respect people you meet in camp. Control your dog’s barking, as it may disturb other campers and wildlife. It is a good idea to keep your dog on a leash.
Go with toys to entertain your dog
Keep in mind that you won’t be swimming, hiking, or exploring throughout your stay in the camp. There are some times you want to rest, read a book, or make good food for yourself and your pooch. This period requires that you keep your dog entertained and bringing toys for them is a good way to keep them alive.
If your dog is camping for the first time, they tend to feel nervous and anxious as this is a new experience for them. Bringing their favorite toys for them is a good way to distract them and calm their nerves.
Commit to a trial run
You can give your dog a trial run in your backyard, especially if they’ve never been camping before. This way, you’ll learn about their reaction when kept in a tent and secured on a lead tied with a stake.
If your dog finds the tent material uncomfortable, you can consider bringing their blankets and bed for them to lay on. With time, you’ll see how they will adjust to the new environments, indirectly showing that they’re ready to go camping.
Treat your dog for flies and ticks
Campsites can have flies, ticks, and mosquitoes, all of which can irritate your dog’s skin. That’s more reason why you should treat your dog for flies and ticks before heading for your camping adventure.
You can use a spot-on flea treatment that spreads and provides uniform protection to your dog’s entire body. But note that flea sprays can produce an inconsistent result as these preventions often fade with time.
Consider the weather
It is important to consider the weather conditions when planning for your camping adventure. Ensure you choose a time when the weather is favorable to your dog, especially when it is your first time taking your dog camping.
Dogs tend to enjoy the sunshine as opposed to snow and thunderstorm. In general, avoid extreme weather conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.
ConclusionWe hope you get the best camping experience with your four-legged friends. Remember to go prepared, with your first aid, water, toys, and other necessities.
Don’t forget to call a veterinarian if your dog is showing symptoms that are beyond what you can handle.