As the old saying goes ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ and there’s nothing better than having your best friend along with you while camping.
Regardless what time of the year it is, you want to get out, travel and visit new places where an incredible landscape is your bedroom window.
Now, travelling around the world with your pet can be difficult as there are so many processes you must go through and many restrictions that can be placed upon you. However, camping is not one of these!
Camping with a dog in a tent though is an incredible experience for both you and the dog. It allows you to get out into nature and enjoy the great outdoors whilst your dog will be in its absolute element discovering new sounds, sights and smells.
14 things to consider when camping with your dog
So, when you’re outdoors, away from your usual day to day settings and possibly far from any villages, towns or cities there are some things you may just want to consider and take with you so that you and your dog stay safe and enjoy your time together.
Have a camping tryout
If you’ve never camped with your dog before and unsure of how they are going to behave, start with a short trip of 1 night. If you feel that yourself and your dog are enjoying it and goes ahead with no hiccups, then try camping out for another few nights and slowly build from there.
Where will you be camping?
If you’re planning on camping away in the wild far from any civilisation, you can let your dog out and explore its surroundings.
Make sure your destination allows you to go with dogs. In most camping areas dogs can be brought, but in some national parks they only allow dogs in certain places. Verify that the trails around your camping area allow dogs but you more than often you should be fine.
If your camping on a campsite, just check the rules they have in regards to dogs. It may be a safe bet to bring along a dog leash.
Check the weather before you set off
Check the local weather forecast of the area you will be camping in. Your dog will feel the cold and the heat so if it’s too cold, make sure to bring thermals and a blanket to wrap it up.
If it’s hot and sunny when your out, make sure there is plenty of water available and shade so your dog can replenish cool down under.
Consider a leash
Obviously if you’re out camping, you want your dog to have as much freedom as possible. However, there are times when a leash may be necessary.
If you need a leash, take one that has a long extendable strap or wire to it that’s going to give your dog that bit more freedom to walk around and explore.
Easy water source around you
When choosing the camping area try to choose one that is near a water source such as a lake or river; it will provide your dog with an easy drinking source.
If not, just make to bring enough water for the both of you to stay hydrated.
Packaged food and collapsible bowls
In addition to water, make sure to bring enough food for your dog. You can purchase folding dishes which are great for drinking and eating out of for your dog. These collapsible bowls are light, durable and you can easily pack them in your backpack if you decide to go on a hike.
Clean out your dog’s bowl
After eating, empty your dog’s food dish of any remaining food and rinse it out with water. Any remains of food will attract insects or unwanted animals into your campsite. That’s the last thing you want!
Make sure that your dog’s vaccines are up-to-date if you’re not sure you can always make a quick call to your veterinarian and he will surely tell you if everything is in order.
Take a first aid kit with you, you never know what unfortunate accidents may happen when camping in the wild. It’s better to be overcautious just in case.
Bring along flea repellent
Give your dog the necessary protection to avoid unexpected visits of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be anywhere, but they are more frequent in the forest. The use of a preventive product could help prevent you from bringing fleas home again.
Is your dog micro-chipped?
Make sure you have the updated identification data of your dog’s microchip, just in case it gets lost. Having a dog tag with it’s name, your contact telephone and an address will make sure that your dog gets back to you safely.
Plan where your dog is going to sleep
The space inside your tent is something you’re going to have to consider here. Think about where your dog usually sleeps at home and try and replicate it at your campsite. If it’s a dry and warm night, your dog may be fine sleeping at the entrance to your porch of the tent.
If it’s a colder night, your dog may have to sleep in beside you to keep warm. Sleeping in the same tent will strengthen the relationship with your old faithful friend but after all, this is what camping with your own dog is all about!
However, if you prefer, there are tents made especially for dogs.
Dogs have a sharp sense of hearing and smell and will alert you if something enters the camp area. They are like you own personal bodyguard.
Don’t forget the dog brush
If you’re planning to camp in an area with a lot of grass or hay, remember to take your dog’s brush to remove any small buds, small insects, ticks and other things that can stick to their fur and could possibly cause them harm later on down the line.
Just be wary of other animals in the area
Wherever you are planning to camp, understand that there will be other animals in the area. There are many people that take their dogs camping, so it is likely that there are other dogs around you. Just keep in mind of other animals such as squirrels, rabbits, badgers and foxes that your dog may want to chase after.
So, there are things that you just need to bring or be mindful of when camping with your dog but the overall camping trip is a great time for your and your canine friend to spend quality time together and improve the bond between you.
So get out there into the great outdoors and let the both of you enjoy nature all around you.
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