18 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Camping with your dog can be a great experience for both of you. As long as you’re prepared and know what to expect, it should go smoothly. If that’s not the case, then you might be in for a few surprises.

18 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Sure, there were the occasional articles in magazines that reminded us to use pet ID tags, bring plenty of water, and take our favorite toy. But in terms of providing genuine support or bottom-line information, there was nothing out there. Since it was something that we felt was badly needed, we decided to write this article.

Tips for Camping with Your Dog

While there are numerous issues to consider while camping with dogs, these are some of the most important.

1. Make Sure that Your Dog Cant Get Lost

It’s one thing if your dog gets free in your neighborhood. It’s another when you’re at a rest stop, nine hundred miles from home. Either train your dog to come when called or make absolutely sure that they’re on a leash at all times.

If your dog does get lost (unfortunately, it happens all the time), the ability to easily identify them will become critical. For permanent identification purposes, consider tattoos or microchips.

At a minimum, make sure they wear tags that show their name, your current phone number, and the date of their last rabies vaccination.

2. Get All of their Vaccinations Up to Date

If your dog gets into an altercation with another animal (or a person), the central issue will become their rabies shots. If you stay at a campground that has a demanding pet policy, you’ll need to verify your dog’s vaccination records.

If you cross into Canada, you’ll have to confirm that your dogs have had their shots. You get the idea.

Most state parks have a fairly strict dog policy too so this could be HUGE if you fail to do it.

3. Prepare for Fleas and Ticks

Yes, there is preventative medicine: flea prevention you can put on your dog, and even Lyme Disease vaccinations. Do NOT spray your dog with something like Deep Woods Off!

DO check your pet over after each hike to see if there are ticks to remove. Just because they can’t get Lyme’s disease after the vaccination doesn’t mean it is pleasant to be snacked on. We like to keep an adhesive lint roller handy to help pull little critters off.

4. Take Potty Breaks

Take potty breaks as soon as they happen in order to avoid accidents on the ground or tent flooring. Camping with your dog is certainly more fun with a clean tent.

5. Clean Up After Your Dog

The biggest complaint about dogs has nothing to do with their bark, their bite, or their behavior. If you pick up after your dog, you’ll be helping dog owners everywhere.

6. Learn How to Provide First Aid to Your Dog

If a medical crisis occurs while at home, you drive to your local veterinarian. But if you’re heading down a dark highway in a strange town, it will seem like a bad dream.

Although there are ways to get help while on the road, it always takes more time. In the meantime, your ability to provide competent first aid could save your dog’s life.

We like this pretty detailed article here on dog First Aid and CPR: First Aid Tips For Dogs Every Pet Owner Should Know

6. Prepare a Safe and Comfortable Place Where Your Dog Can Sleep.

Provide a warm, cozy bed with plenty of soft blankets or towels. Consider bringing along your dog’s favorite toy to provide extra comfort and security.

7. Involve Your Dog in Everything You Do

If you really want your dogs to have a good time, include them in your activities. Take them with you on long walks. Buy a cheap plastic wading pool and let them play in the water. Throw a ball. Cook them up a hamburger. If you do stuff like that, they’ll do cartwheels the next time you decide to take them camping.

It is a great way to bond with your dog as you both commune with nature. When you go camping, try everything from kayaking to hiking with them. I will let you know how the kayaking with Taz goes this summer.

8. Bring Extra Water For Your Dog

Some dogs drink more than usual in warm weather because the body works harder to cool off. Pack at least one gallon per day for each dog in the party. Don’t forget to refill your pup’s dish after he drinks from it.

9. Packing the Right Food is a Good Idea

Give them plenty to eat, but avoid foods that will cause digestive upset or excessive drooling (since this can attract bugs). Bring plenty of food to last the whole weekend (or longer, if you’ll be camping for a long period of time).

Typically dogs will do fine with dry granola bars and some of their favorite treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while on camping trips but they should be fed at least twice a day to avoid overeating and the potential for digestive upset.

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10. Prevent Pooch Boredom

Pack their favorite toy. They’ll likely be bored without it. – Spend time playing and exercising with them.

Leave the TV on in your camping spot, or bring an old radio to keep them company while you do errands and set up camp.

If they’re allowed off-leash at home, let them roam around as long as there are no hazards like barbed wire fencing

11. Dogs Need Rest Time

Dogs need rest too and it’s not much fun if they don’t get any. Camping is usually a lot longer than just an overnight camping trip so be mindful of their needs to take breaks when you can, even if that means taking turns with your camping partner.

Dogs need the same level of rest that humans do, so take care to not let your dog over-exert themselves when camping. This makes camping with your dog more fun for everyone involved.

12. Pack a Camping Crate

Bring a camping crate to keep your dog safe while you’re not supervising, and for when they need their rest in between walks or runs.

Camping crates are available at pet stores. They can make it easier to set up camp since the dog will be confined to one area of the campground.

This might be problematic if you did NOT crate train your pup.

13. Make Fido Play Nice

Dogs can be quite protective of their owners and will become aggressive if strangers get too close; this is why camping with dogs can be a lot of work.

14. Don’t be Bugged

Bugs are going to be a camping companion no matter how you slice it, so don’t worry too much about them.

Camping can mean bugs in any number of places: mosquitos while sitting around the campfire or spiders crawling up your tent walls during the night.

Make sure your pooch has taken their Heartworm meds and you are ready to deal with ticks, should you see any.

15. Call the Campgrounds Before You Go

Even if a park claims they’re pet-friendly, always call ahead to confirm their policy regarding your dogs. We’ve arrived at parks (with our two Aussie) after a long day on the road only to discover that pet-friendly meant dogs weighing under 20 pounds.

16. Plan Ahead for the Unexpected

Have a plan (for your dogs) in case of a flat tire, a serious accident, or a fire in your RV. Start with a few extra leashes, a pet carrier, and an extra fire extinguisher. Then have a fire drill to identify potential problems.

17. Learn About Your Camping Environment

The U.S. is a huge country with a vast assortment of dangerous wildlife, treacherous plants, unpredictable weather conditions, and demanding environmental challenges. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might inadvertently be putting yourself and your dog in danger.

18. Recognize and Respect the Views of Others

While some of us can’t imagine traveling without dogs, others can’t image traveling with them. If you keep your dog under control and clean up after them, you won’t give others much to grumble about.

Use common sense. If you are camping in a heavily wooded area with coyotes or other wild animals, it may be best to leave Fido at home for the weekend.

Happy Camping with Rover!

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How to Camp With Dogs

How To Camp With Dogs? Camping is one of the most exciting and sure ways of connecting with nature and being grateful for everything that it offers. You always want to ensure you do what it takes to create a lifetime memory even if it means including the whole family if needs be.

But how can this be achieved without going over the top? Camping!

how to camp with dogs

Going camping is a great way to bond and develop stronger relationships. However, there may be a little concern for many when it comes to taking your dogs with you. They are up for the adventure, but it is not always an easy thing to get them to cooperate fully.

How To Camp With Dogs

Because we understand the need to have them with you, we have done a little research to help you out with a few tips to make your camping with your dogs go leisurely…

Let Them Be Your Companion

Your dogs are your best friends, and they will never let you rest in peace if you go without them. When you take them on camps, you should not leave them at the tent or in your car all by themselves.

It can be rather inconvenient on your part as you may be worried while out. Also, it is a case of putting your dog in harm’s way of any potential dangers that may lurk around the campsite. Bear in mind, the weather can change as it feels, and this is not safe for your furry pets, and wildlife has no boundaries when it comes to wandering around.

Do Not Remove Their Leash

When you take your dogs to camp, ensure they are not removed from their leash as they may see the need to explore beyond measure. Your dogs will get tempted by the sound of nature, and the freedom to be outside.

No matter how trained they are at home, you will never be good enough to hold them in place without them chasing after something. Just imagine how active and adventurous they can get when they are home and see the cars passing by. What do you think will happen when they see free squirrels running about?

That will be a good avenue for a chase! That is one of the main reasons why most campgrounds ask that persons continually have their dogs on leash (up to 6 feet long is perfect).

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Co-sleeping Is Great

When you go camping with your dogs, many recommend sleeping with them as a form of protecting them from the onset of wildlife like cote or skunks. Whether you are sleeping in your car or ten

t, co-sleeping helps to keep them quiet and in place. Also, it is the perfect way to keep you in the know if something is going wrong as you will be able to wake up quickly once they move. This reason is why, when packing, you need to have a tent that has maximum space for moving around comfortably and with efficient flexibility.

Camping with Dogs Gear: Pack For Your Dogs

When planning to take your dogs to camp, there are certain items that you must pack for them. First off, you need to pack a few pick-up bags for your dogs so there will be “no traces left behind” (a way of promoting cleanliness).

Their waste is not always safe for the environment as harmful weeds and parasites can form from it. In addition to protecting the situation, you are also catering for others to have a great time with no “animal waste” contact you did not remove. Also, it would be best if you packed for all kinds of weather when going.

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Yes, we understand it may be summer, and the time is dry, but the weather is unpredictable, and you wouldn’t want to know you have not made plans to make their comfort and safety. Other items you need to pack include feeding and water bowls, blankets, toys, etc.

Packing Their Food

Dogs are gonna be outdoors so they may become “wayward” and not want to eat. With this, we recommend you add a mixture of both wet and dry foods so they can have a choice.

Also, it would be best if you were mindful of how they feed while on camp, meaning they get what you deem adequate for their feeding. Never over-feed as leftovers can be a trap to encourage wildlife to roam your space, and this may not be safe. Let their food be what they love most, so each time, they will be glad to eat it all off.

Pack A First-Aid Kit

This tip is essential when taking your dogs on camp. The safety kit has everything to protect them from the on

set of any unforeseen health issues. You want your fur babies to explore without limitations, so items like paw protectors, brushes or comb, their vitamins, iodine or peroxide for wounds, and more are essential and a must-have. Don’t have the space for the additional package?

Why not consider getting a “dogpack” just as you have your backpack. Here is a great article that talks more about pet first aid: Basic Pet First Aid Tips Every Pet Owner Should Know:

With all of the excitement that comes with packing, the least you want to experience is a tragedy. You can prevent all of this problem with careful planning. Create memories with your babies in the little time you have with them by doing what you must the first time around.

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