How to Camp With Your Dog
One of the most enjoyable parts of summer is getting outside. Heading for the great outdoors helps you recharge your batteries by getting close to nature. For even more outdoor fun, you can bring your dog camping with you.
Camping with your dog is a great way to spend extra time together, and you don’t have to worry about getting a dogsitter. These tips will help you prepare properly and make the most of the experience.
Make Sure Pets are Allowed
Before driving hours to a campground, make sure in advance that they allow pets. This goes for the trails as well. Some places such as national parks have strict no dog rules for hiking trails.
Keep Your Dog on a Leash
Always keep your dog on a leash when camping. It might be tempting to let him run free in the outdoors, but your newfound proximity to wildlife can lead to danger for your pet–and for the wildlife.
Bring Proper Bedding
So your dog doesn’t have to rough it too much, bring some comfy bedding. This can include your dog’s favorite bed, or you might consider co-sleeping in or on your sleeping bag.
Plan for the Weather
It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before camping. This will help you prepare the proper gear and clothing. That goes for your dog too. Whether it will be rainy or really hot, you need to plan accordingly.
Pack Dog Food
This is always easy to forget when you have so much to pack. Make sure you bring dog food, because feeding her from the table can lead to a smelly night together in the tent.
Give Your Dog Plenty of Water
Whenever you walk your dog in the heat, you should have extra water on hand. Other factors such increased elevation in the mountains or more arid desert air mean your dog will need more water than usual. The same goes for you.
For the sake of safety and enjoying each other, keep your dog with you. Camping is a wonderful way to bond by spending the entire day (and night) with your best friend.
Talk with your veterinarian for health tips and a wellness check to help make your dog’s camping experience a healthy one.