Camping outdoors is a good activity that we can enjoy with the whole family, including the furry members of our family…our doggys. A day spent with nature provides the simple pleasures of life: starry skies, morning coffee enjoyed near a campfire, and making a connection with Mother nature. Camping provides a retreat from the hassles and bustles of city life. Most families with doggys would not imagine going camping without their furry babies.
Don’t forget to bring your dogs on your next adventure—All it takes is a little planning. Here are some tips when planning a camping trip with your doggy:
Research on rules and regulations of trail areas and campsites.
Some trail areas and campsites may not allow doggys or may have strict restrictions as well. Be aware of the rules and regulations that they set. A quick call or do a Google search to confirm that pets are allowed. Some parks and campgrounds have pet restrictions due to migrating wildlife, or will list areas where your dog is not welcome.
Keep your dog leashed, and make sure they’re wearing an ID tag.
Keep your doggy close, or on leash because other people camping might not like to be bothered and leashing up can protect your doggy from any wildlife that may come after your furry friend. A long leash like this 36-foot tether will allow you to pitch your tent or hang with friends while your dog gets acquainted with the grounds. And if your doggy strays from camp while unleashed, having a collar with an ID tag makes it easy for your fellow campers to get your pooch home.
Protect your doggy.
You’re doggy should be on parasite preventative especially before spending some time outdoors. There are a lot of different insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that can spread heartworm and there are a lot of preventive measures out there. Remember to talk to your Vet for more options.
Make sure to know about FIRST AID and bring a First Aid Kit
It’s handy to have a pet first aid experience and knowledge. Bringing along a basic first aid guide book is also handy to include in a first aid kit. You can get away with having a regular first aid kit and adding a few things to make it more accommodating to your doggy
While camping or going on a hike, your doggy will need a recall command to keep them out of danger. You should also practice a “leave it” command in case you encounter snakes, bears, or other wildlife on the trail. Make sure to do some outdoor refresher training sessions before going camping or trekking.
Fun Things to do With Your Dog While Camping
Go for a hike
A lot of campsites have access to pet-friendly trails, allowing you to explore the area with your dog. Don’t forget their water and trail treats!
If you find a body of water with a mild current that isn’t too deep, let your doggy play in the water!
Fetch is a fun way to pass time and is a guaranteed way to rid your pup of their excess energy.
Camping with dogs is a great way to get away from it all and bond with your furry baby. Nothing beats snuggling up with a doggy in a cozy tent, the scent of campfire still lingering in the air. With a little preparation, you and your doggy will be all set to heed the call of the wild and have fun outdoors!