Camping With Your Dog

By on November 16, 2015

Just like any camping trip, camping with your dog requires planning. From bringing food bowls and your dog’s favorite toy, make sure that the trip is fun and exciting for you and your furry friend.

Before going camping, find out if the campsite is dog friendly or allows pets in their site. Check out the rules in the local trails. To ensure that you have a wonderful time, here’s a checklist for camping with your dog.

camping with your dog

Dog ID Tags

Make sure your dog wears his ID tags at all times. ID tags should have a phone number that you can be reached at while camping.

Collar or Harness

Make sure your dog collar or harness fits correctly. Dogs tend to wear the same collar for months, which can eventually become loose. While a loose collar may work just fine at home, it could be a problem when camping. New sites or sounds can frighten your furry friend causing them to duck their head and slip out of their collar.

Leash

Even if you have a dog that’s the best dog ever, and you usually don’t need a leash, take one and use it anyway. In an unfamiliar area your dog may get spooked and take off. Or your pup may run up to people who don’t like dogs.

20-Foot Cable Leash

There are dogs that just want to sit by your side the whole camping trip. Then there are other dogs that love to explore. To help keep an eye on your furry friend while he’s out investigating new scents, put him on a 20-foot tie out. This way you know he can’t go too far, yet he still gets to check out new things.

Stake for the Tie Out

To secure your dog around the campsite, use a stake with a triangle on the top and a clip. You can keep your dog right in the action, yet out of unattended danger.

Bowls

If you plan on going for a hike, bring a collapsible bowl for water.

Food

It’s not a good idea to change your dogs diet while on a camping trip. Change in his eating may bother his stomach. So bring your pup’s normal food. But a special treat or nibble of something different is OK.

Water

For humans, stream water could be disastrous to the intestinal system, so bring your own water. Your dog could also pick up some sort of bacteria or parasite if you rely on the local water supply to hydrate him. Always bring good clean water and enough of it for you and Fido, especially when the weather is warmer.

Poop Bags

Bring poop bags! Enough for your dog and for anyone else’s forgotten pile. It’s unfortunate that some people don’t pick up after their dogs, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they missed the pile. On any account, pick up dog poop wherever you see it and dispose of it properly. This will help keep dog-friendly campsites pet-friendly.

Tarp

A tarp can come in handy if it happens to rain or if you need some extra shelter for your dog.

Towel

There are a million uses for a good towel on a camping trip, wet and muddy dogs included.

Nightlight or Glow Stick

Use either a reflective collar or put a flashing light on your dog’s collar. It’s easier to spot your Fido if he wears these items when it’s dark outside.

First-Aid Kit

Mishaps happen, so be prepared for anything. Add hydrogen peroxide to your dog’s first aid kit. Not only is it good to clean cuts, but it’s also a lifesaver should your dog eat something it really shouldn’t have. A couple teaspoons can induce your dog to throw up immediately.

It’s always nice to let your dog explore new sites. This is also a good exercise for your dog, just remember to keep your dog hydrated. Enjoy camping!

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