Tips & Advice For Going Camping With Dogs

  • 27/04/2019

Going camping is reason enough to be excited but the excitement only gets bigger if you know that your trusted canine friend will come along. However, there is no reason for concern is this is the first time your dog accompanies you backpacking or on a camping trip. Will they get nervous and how much dog food to pack are just some of the dilemmas that owners have. In order for everything to go as smooth as possible, you should learn a few tricks on how to approach taking care of your pet while on the road and in nature.

The leash in mandatory

We are not suggesting that your dog will run away if he is not leashed but there are other, more compelling reason why there should, after all, be on a leash. Firstly, you are likely to meet other campers and not all people feel comfortable around dogs. Secondly, if your dog is free to roam the wilderness, it might encounter a dangerous animal like a bear or wolf that can injure or kill it. That is why a long leash is the best solution for your pet’s and other people’s safety.

Keep the dog hydrated

When at home, you are less likely to forget to provide enough water for your dog, as an empty bowl is a clear reminder that you need to refill it. Since camping involves trekking through nature, there will be no bowl to remind you, so you must bring enough water for yourself and the canine. Of course, you are likely to encounter water sources in the wild, such as spring and streams from it is safe to drink water. However, don’t let the dog drink salty sea water or water from standing waters like ponds.

Don’t forget the brush

Brushing your pet is not something that should only be done indoors. In fact, it is more important to brush them each day after you return to base camp. A day full of adventures might put a smile on your face and the animal’s heart beating but it is likely to get all kind of stuff in their fur. Pine needles and leaves are the least of your problems, as they can get pick up a thorn which can lacerate their skin. The wound could become infected and you’ll need to rush to the nearest vet, running your camping trip.

A roomy tent

There are no doghouses in the wild, so during rainstorms, the dog will sleep with you inside the tent. That is why it is good to get a larger tent that you can share with your dog or dogs. You two can sleep in the opposite corner of the tent if the animal needs more space. In fact, there are different types of tents many of which feature a vestibule that is ideal for a sleeping pad for the dog. This way, it will not get wet and you will not lose any of the tent’s roominess.

Paw protection

Due to the roughness if the terrain and the extreme temperatures, the dog’s paws might need extra protection. Hot ground and snow on the other side, have the potential to permanently damage the soft skin the covers dogs paws. That is why you should seriously consider getting some sort of “paw-wear” for your four-legged friend, so they can have full freedom of mobility.

Pack a toy

If you were thinking that there is no need for entertainment because nature offers plenty of challenges on its own, you are wrong. Since your dog’s favorite toy does not take up a lot of space, be sure to pack it anyway. The animal might become anxious in unfamiliar surroundings, so a familiar toy will help them get acclimatized better. Furthermore, you will have your mutt entertained while you are barbecuing or putting up the tent, so it doesn’t get in your way.

If you accept all the pieces of advice listed here, the upcoming trip will be a source of joy both you and your dog. There is nothing more pleasing than enjoying the outdoors with your faithful canine friend.


Bio: Ian Lewis is a proud owner of a dog named Eddard. He’s interested in camping, reading, and all things DIY. You can find him on Twitter.

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