As we pack for another camping trip the dogs sit patiently by knowing soon they will have the scent of the wild and will be peeing on pine trees or palm trees depending on where you are headed. This is a reoccurring scene at my house! Yes, I am one of those crazy dog people who never leave home without them. Quervo, Sig Sauer and Diesel are my family and they are camping dogs! We would not dream of leaving them behind.
Now just as much as I would like to turn them loose and let them enjoy freedom, I realize I must be a responsible dog owner/parent for a better word. I want them to have a great, safe and fun Dogcation! Below are a few tidbits I’d like to share from my past adventures camping with my dogs!
CAN YOU TAKE YOUR DOGS?
When booking a campground/campsite be sure to ask if dogs are allowed and what the policy is. Some have limits on the number of dogs per campsite, a size limit or a no pet policy. We have camped a lot and it varies from park to park. Some have more relaxed dog regulations than others while some are very strict.
Finding a veterinarian on the road can be a hassle and more expensive so make sure before leaving that your dog has had rabies, flea & tick prevention and that you have on hand any medications that Fido may need. A healthy dog is a happy dog!
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR DOG(S)
Even though our dogs love to camp they also like a little comfort from home around at the campground, so pack something special, for example, my dogs have a blanket that travels with them from home.
-First Aid Kit for dogs
-Medications if needed
-Water & Food Bowls (drinking water if needed)
-Collar and/ or Harness
-ID Tags/Rabies Tag
-Nightlight for collar
-Jacket /Sweater (if needed)
-Runner or Stakes & Cable
-Baby Wipes / These are not a necessity but they come in very handy!
PROTECT FIDO FROM WILDLIFE
Lions, tigers and bears oh my! Depending on where your destination is any of these or other wild animals are a possibility. Do not leave your dog tied up and unattended at the campground. This puts your dog in danger of being attacked by wildlife and unable to defend himself. Also a dog that is tied up outside is more likely to bark and besides aggravating the neighbor, the barking will invite wildlife.
MAKE SURE FIDO GETS PLENTY OF EXERCISE
It’s easy to think, since they are outside so much there is no need to walk. You should follow your regular routine.Walk in the morning and evening for example, so they can do their business outside of the campsite and don’t forget to pick up after them.
Since you have chosen to take your dog camping, you’ll want to plan activities around them. Search the campground for dog friendly adventures. At a campsite there’s a lot of reason for a dog to bark, unusual scents, sounds, smells, but a well-exercised dog is less likely to have excessive barking.
Our dogs make camping even more enjoyable. Don’t forget to bring extra sleeping gear though! We have a bed hog! Do You?
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