5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

by Scritch

Camping can be fun for the whole family (including the dog!) as long as you’re properly prepared. Review these tips to make sure you’ve got all the bases covered.

Find a dog-friendly campsite

Just because it’s outside doesn’t mean that all campsites are dog-friendly. Do your research in advance to find a campsite that welcomes furry four-leggers and familiarize yourself with the rules.

Many campsites require dogs to be leashed at all times. In our supply list below, we recommend bringing a long leash (as well as a hammer to nail the stake into the ground). This will give your dog some freedom while still following the rules.

Tip: If you are hiking to your campsite, be sure to review these tips for hiking with a dog!

Bring the right supplies for a dog

You’re probably on top it when it comes to packing all the necessities, but just in case, double check this dog supply list to be sure you have everything.

  • Collar or harness with up-to-date ID tag
  • Regular leash + long line leash
  • Plenty of water
  • Travel bowls
  • Poo bags
  • Food
  • Bed
  • Toys
  • Extra towels
  • Stake and hammer
  • Crate (optional)
  • First aid kit (recommended)
  • Tick removal tool (recommended)
  • Life jacket (if swimming)
  • Appropriate clothing, if necessary

If your dog wears his own backpack, be sure that it weighs no more than 25% of his body weight.

Check the weather forecast

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst! Pack clothing and supplies for the types of weather you might face. Your dog may need extra blankets as well as a sweater, jacket or raincoat. Dog booties can help protect the paws from extreme heat or cold ice and snow.

For hot, sunny days, find a shady spot to set up camp and make sure your dog has a cool place to relax. Never leave your dog alone in a car, tent, or campsite.

Prevent parasites and familiarize yourself with other threats

Pests: It’s a good idea to use flea, tick, and heartworm preventives year-round. Additionally, pack some dog-friendly bug spray to ward off pesky critters.

Parasites: Regularly offer your pup fresh water to prevent him from potentially picking up a parasite like giardia from a puddle or creek.

Wildlife: Be cognizant of the environment in which you plan to camp and what types of threats to watch for. These include poisonous plants, bears, snakes, and mountain lions. Develop a plan and be prepared, just in case you encounter one.

Keep hazardous human foods out of reach

Even dogs that are well-behaved at home may think they can get away with snack stealing in a different setting. Trap away all of your potentially dangerous foods in a sturdy cooler to prevent a pet emergency.

Foods that are dangerous to dogs include:

  • Those that may contain artificial sweeteners like protein bars or granola bars
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Onions and garlic

Got other canine camping tips to share? Leave us a comment!

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