CAMPING WITH DOGS
Camping is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and spend quality time with your furry friend. Whether you are an experienced camper or a first-timer, camping with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience.
However, there are a few things to consider before heading out into the wilderness with your pup.
When planning your camping trip, it’s crucial to choose a dog-friendly campsite. Not all campsites allow pets. So, you will need to do a bit of research before booking your spot:
- Look for campsites that explicitly state they are pet-friendly
- Call the campsite to double-check their pet policy prior to making a reservation
- KOA is a great resource for pet-friendly destinations
PACKING FOR YOUR PUP
When packing for your camping trip, don’t forget the dog! Ha! In addition, here are some essential items you will need to pack in their kit:
- Enough dog food and water for the duration of your trip, plus a little extra just in case
- Food and water bowls
- An upgraded, sturdy leash and collar (even if your dog is trained and/or well-behaved). This is essential for their safety
- Bring a comfortable bed or blanket for your pup to sleep on
- Pack your dog’s favorite toys to keep them entertained during downtime
- Plenty of poop bags to clean up after them
- First aid kit specifically for dogs which should include tweezers (to remove ticks) and any medications they need
- A sturdy tie-out anchor and leash
- Make sure your dog has ID and/or is microchipped
- Take a printed photo of your dog, including any distinguishing marks
- Dog brush and extra towels
- Booties and/or paw protectant
- Dog rain coat
- Keep your veterinarian’s contact information handy, as well as the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435)
PREPARING YOUR DOG FOR CAMPING
Before heading out on your camping trip, it’s important to prepare your pup for the experience. Here are a few things you can do:
- Practice camping at home. Set up a tent in the backyard and spend the night outside with your dog to help get them used to sleeping in a tent.
- A well-trained dog should be able to follow basic commands like, “sit,” “stay” and “come.”
- Visit the vet for a check-up before your trip and make sure they are up to date on vaccinations and have plenty of their prescribed medications (bring a copy of vet records and vaccinations with you).
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise in the days leading up to the camping trip to help them burn excess energy.
- Pick the right tent size to include your pet
CAMPING WITH YOUR DOGS
Now that both you are your pup are prepared to go on a camping trip, here are a few more tips:
- Follow campground rules, including leash requirements and pet restrictions.
- NEVER leave your dog unattended. This helps to ensure they do not wander off or get into trouble. Using a dog tracker is a great idea!
- Clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in the proper receptacles.
- Keep your pets safe by providing them with plenty of shade and water and keeping them away from potential hazards like campfires and wildlife.
- Be respectful to other campers
- Plan dog-friendly activities while camping such as hiking, visiting the beach or water, boating, kayaking and/or exploring local parks.
You’ve planned and prepared for an amazing outdoor adventure with your fur baby! Have fun! Including your pet is another way to strengthen your bond and further build trust. In addition, you are also helping your pup remain active and learn social skills!