Camping With Your Furry Friends: Dos and Don'ts

Camping With Your Furry Friends: Dos and Don’ts

March 24, 2022

Have you ever taken your best furry friend (BFF) along on a camping trip? If not, you are missing out on a great way to bond with your pet, reduce your stress and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. If you think this might be something you want to do, preparation is key. Here are a few dog friendly camping tips to ensure you get the most out of your camping adventure!

Do Find a Dog-Friendly Campsite

It may be hard to imagine, but some campsites won’t allow your four-legged friends. Therefore, to eliminate a stressful situation, research campsites ahead of time and find one that is dog-friendly.

Keep in mind that all dog-friendly campsites aren’t created equal. For instance, some campgrounds may have a restriction on breeds, size of dogs or number of canines. You may even be required to pay a deposit.

Don’t Forget an Extra Leash

You may want to have a short leash and a long leash when camping with your dog. A short leash is great if you want to keep your pet near you when hiking on the trails; however, a longer leash is a good idea for when your furry friend needs to be leashed at the campsite. The longer leash will give your dog room to roam without having to worry about him running off.

Do Set Up a Practice Run

If your pet has never been camping before, you may want to spend the night in a tent in the backyard ahead of time to ensure he is able to handle the situation. You can use treats to convince your dog that the tent is safe.

Don’t Forget Your Supplies

When you are camping with a dog, you have to think about the things he will need. While all of these may not fit your individual situation, this is a brief breakdown of items you should take along with you on a camping adventure with your furry friends.

  • Sealed food
  • Fresh water
  • Food and water bowls
  • Bed/blanket
  • Poop bags
  • Collar, ID tag, and at least two leashes (as mentioned above)
  • Treats and toys
  • Outerwear

Do Schedule a Check-up

Camping with your dog can be exciting, but before you go, consider scheduling a wellness check-up with a veterinarian. This is to ensure your pup is healthy enough to tackle such an adventure and to get him current on vaccinations if he’s not already.

Hopefully, you know what to consider when camping with dogs now. In the event that a disaster occurs while camping or hiking, contact a 24-hour animal hospital or clinic.

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