Most dogs enjoy the great outdoors just as much as we humans do, and they definitely benefit from all that extra room to run and fresh air.
If you are considering a camping trip with your dog, there are a few tips that can make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Look below at these 6 tips for taking your dog camping to see how fun it can be to bring your mutt along with you.
6 Tips for Taking Your Dog Camping
1. Familiarize yourself with the rules of the campground.
Rules regarding pets can vary from facility to facility. Make sure you know the rules of the campground as far as dogs are concerned. Many will have rules as far as leash usage and quiet hours. Make sure you know the rules so you can abide by them and keep your fellow campers happy.
2. Bring your dog’s favorite comfort items.
Dogs tend to be creatures of habit. Take some familiar comfort items with you, like favorite toys, beds, blankets, and feeding items. This way, even though the environment has changed your dog still recognizes some familiar things and will feel more at home.
3. Keep bugs and other pests in mind.
Bugs can be brutal in the great outdoors, so be sure you keep your dog’s comfort in mind when camping. This means making sure they are protected from mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.
Talk to your vet about which products can keep your dog safe and comfortable. You might even try whipping up some DIY bug spray that’s safe for you and your dog. This way, you can spend more time having fun and less time itching, scratching, and removing ticks.
4. Make yourself familiar with the camp’s pet amenities.
Most campgrounds have designated areas for pets. Make sure you know where the proper walking paths are and which areas are designated for dogs to run.
You’ll also want to know if there are areas that are off-limits for your dog. This way, you can be sure your pet gets the exercise they need and you stay within park rules. A simple phone call to the campground prior to your trip can help you arrive better informed.
5. Be mindful of their comfort.
Pets get hot, hungry, and agitated just like we do. Be sure to have a shady spot for your dog to rest, as well as plenty of fresh water. Your dog will be much happier and calm if she’s comfy, even on the hottest of days.
Be sure to watch your dog’s behavior carefully so you can see when she is agitated for any reason and can adapt quickly.
6. Have a solid plan for when your dog needs to be alone.
If you want to hike or do other activities where your dog won’t be included, you will need to have a plan. Will your pet be ok in a tent or camper alone? Does the park even allow it?
Make sure your dog can handle being left alone for a short while and if not, you may wish to reconsider your activities or have someone on hand who can stay back and dog-sit while you’re away.
A little pre-planning can go a long way toward making you and your dog happy on your next camping trip. Consider these 6 tips for camping with pets and see how they can help keep everyone content.
Do you take your dog camping with you?
I’d love to hear all about your experience in a comment below! Or better yet, stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!