12 December 2022
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may wonder whether it would be fun to bring your dog camping. Fortunately for you, it’s a well-known fact that dogs love you and the outdoors, so it’s likely a great fit.
If you plan to bring your dog to your campsite, there are a few things to consider. By following these tips, you can make your camping trip with Fido safe (and fun!).
Be sure to tick off a few essential items on the to-do list before hitting the road with your four-legged buddy when planning a camping trip. As a starting point, you’ll want to make your campsite reservation early (especially during peak travel times) and check the pet policies and rules for canine visitors. Additionally, you should plan a travel route that allows your dog to relieve himself and get some exercise while you’re on the road.
The right gear makes all the difference for avid campers, and the same is true for your canine companion. Consider investing in high-quality equipment for your dog to help during your camping trip, whether it’s a reliable harness and leash or a set of durable food and water bowls.
You should always ensure your dog’s tag and microchip registration is up-to-date every time you leave your home, especially when you go on a trip or vacation. Most dogs enjoy the outdoors; however, it may be difficult for your pup to resist all the woodsy sights and smells and might wander off to explore or chase squirrels.
You may not always have good cell service in the woods, so consider adding your veterinarian’s phone number to your dog’s collar just in case you can’t be reached immediately. GPS dog trackers and collars can also help you find your dog if they wander off often.
Before you embark on any trip with your dog, it’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. It’s crucial to ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date (especially if the campground requires them for entry) and that they don’t have any health issues that could make camping unsafe. To prevent your dog from getting caught on anything outdoors, your vet may also trim his nails.
You probably already have some basic first aid supplies in your backpack for humans, but you should also prepare for any canine-specific emergencies when taking your pooch camping.
If your dog is already taking medication, bring it with you. Consider supplies such as gauze, rubbing alcohol, or surgical tape if your breed is active and energetic. You might also consider antibiotic ointment, vet wrap, or foot balm to protect their feet.
You’ll likely encounter various critters in the woods on a camping trip. You don’t necessarily want your pup coming face-to-face with a porcupine or skunk, and you want to avoid running into a bear, wolf, or poisonous snake. It’s best to keep your dog on a leash to prevent any tangles with wild animals, even if he typically has free rein on your property.
Check with your veterinarian if your dog is not currently on a monthly flea and tick preventive. You want to avoid unwanted travelers latching onto your pet. In addition to tweezers, grab a tick removal tool, such as the Tick Twister, to help you remove a tick from your dog. Educate yourself on tick-borne illnesses and how to inspect your pup for ticks properly.