One of the favorite family activities that you can enjoy is to go on camping. What could be more fun is to be able to go camping with your dog.
However, no matter how exciting and fun a camping activity could be, some camping sites may not allow dogs around. Examples of restrictions include the kind of breed or the number of dogs that families are allowed to bring.
Unless the camping site explicitly promotes itself as a perfect place to go camping with your dog, then you may be left wondering if your destination is fit for dogs to stay in. In this article, we will help you prepare and enjoy camping with your dog.
First Things First
Before going to a site that you have in mind, make sure that you are aware of the time that the site opens. Other inquiries that you may need the camping site staff to answer include the following:
- Entrance fees and other costs inside the facility
- Availability of electricity
- Amenities, such as shower, parks, and pet-friendly areas
- Tent rentals
- Scheduled on-site performances and attractions
You also need to ask if bringing your pet would require you to pay a certain fee.
Preparations for Camping with Your Dog
Before taking your dog to your camping trip, take the necessary measures to ensure that you can avoid any potential dangers and that the trip can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Visit The Vet
Take your dog to the vet and have him checked for physical or behavioral condition to ensure that your dog is fit to join you on your camping trip. Camping is physically exhausting and that would mean an increased activity for your four-legged buddy. Therefore, it is important to check with the vet before you go camping with your dog.
It is also important that all the vaccinations are updated for heart worms and rabies. Regardless where the camping trip will be, it is crucial that your dog receive the necessary vaccination to avoid endangering your dog, other animals and other people.
Let your vet know the exact location where you are going because there are some locations that may pose additional health risks and this may need additional precautionary measures. Also, don’t forget to have an updated rabies tag attached to your dog’s collar.
Apply preventive measures for ticks and fleas
Don’t forget to apply flea and tick preventive products on your dog. Fleas and ticks can be found anywhere but are mostly found in wooded areas.
Lyme disease can inflict your dog during the trip, and one way of preventing this from happening to your dog is to ensure that your dog has been treated for fleas and ticks.
Update your dog license and ID tag
The updated identification tag should include the dog’s name, owner’s name, your home address and phone number. You may also want to add a temporary dog ID that includes the following information: campsite name, site number, duration of your stay, and mobile number.
Some dog owners have a microchip inserted into their dogs. In case it gets lost, the microchip technology makes it easier to identify your dog’s location.
Basic Things To Bring For Your Dog
Don’t get too excited packing your things without checking if your dogs have everything that they need for the camping trip. You must make it a habit to bring all the essentials whenever you embark on camping with your dog.
Dog ID / tags / documents
Never leave your home without the dog ID tag, most especially when going on a trip.
This can be used to tie your dog on a strong object, while giving him enough freedom to explore the surroundings without fear of him getting lost. Consider bringing along portable fenced pens because some sites do not allow dogs to roam around.
Some camp sites may not allow you to tie your dog around trees. In this case, it is wise to bring along a stake where your dog is tied to, so that he can roam along the designated area. This will allow you to relax and have peace of mind knowing that your dog is nearby.
Dog carrier / crate
It is safer for your dog to be kept inside a dog carrier or a crate because it puts away the stress of having to check what your dog is doing while you are driving. Remember that distractions while driving may lead to an accident.
Leash and collar
You will need the leash and collar all the time, in order for you to have control on your dog while walking. Make sure that the material you choose is durable. Consider bring along an extra leash and collar just in case the one you are using gets broken.
Hand wipes / paper bags / paper towel / air freshener
It is likely that dogs can get motion sickness. Bring along hand wipes or paper towels for cleaning along with garbage bags. To get rid of the awful smell, bring an air freshener during your trip.
Food, water and dishes
Make sure to pack extra food and water for your dog. Your camping site may be near a source of water. but it can be contaminated and unsafe for drinking for you and your dog.
While you’re in the outdoors camping with your dog, other animals might be lurking around most especially if they smell food. Make sure that all of your food are stored in a sturdy and waterproof storage box. It may be appropriate to hang the storage box on a tree if there are bears in the camping site.
It is any dog owner’s responsibility to look after his dog’s mess. Just like in any other place, ready some poop bags on your camp site, in case your dog needs to relieve himself.
You may need to bring your dog’s blanket to provide warmth at night. Also, before letting your dog lay on his bed, ensure that you place a plastic tarp underneath it so that the cold and moisture from the ground will not make your dog feel uncomfortable.
Toys and treats
Dogs are just like kids – they get bored easily. To solve this, bring their favorite toys and treats.
Jacket and booties
Jackets and booties can keep your dogs protected from cold weather. The booties will protect your dog’s feet from accidentally stepping onto sharp objects.
Dog Safety During Camping
Whether the camp site allows dog to roam around or not, it is best to ensure that your dog wears his tag all the time. It’s also a good idea to tie your dog by a tree when you feel like taking a rest. This makes it safe for your dogs to stay in one place and not go to places where he could accidentally eat poisonous plants.
If it is possible, let your dog sleep inside the tent with you because there are many nocturnal animals lurking that might just get your dog into trouble.
If there is a lake or river nearby, you can also have fun swimming. Just make sure that your dog has floaters and is tied on a leash while you are in the water. Just in case the current is a little stronger than usual, you still have control over your dog.
Final Word on Camping With Your Dog
Camping with your dog brings a lot of activities that you and your pet can enjoy. You can play ball and run around the camp sites. You may also enjoy running along the trails in the morning.
Whatever plans you have for your camping trip, make sure that your canine companion is safe and enjoying the moment.