We treat our dog as an extension of our family, They go where we go. Camping would seem to be an instance where your dog would attend.
But there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re on the fence about going camping with your dog, read through these helpful pros and cons.
If camping with your dog is a go, we’ve made a small list of the essentials you need to bring along on your trip.
The Benefits of Going Camping with Your Dog
There are quite a few benefits to bringing your dog camping. For one, there is the companionship and the peace of mind.
Second, pet sitters or boarding your dog is not always cheap so if you can bring your dog camping then you’ll save money.
Your dog is more in-tune to problems and can smell, see, or hear things before you such as a snake or bear in the area. It’s amazing what their senses pick up on.
The Downfalls of Having Your Dog With You When Camping
Unfortunately, there are pitfalls to bringing a dog camping. For instance, you have to be sure that your dog is well-behaved and will not partake in excessive barking.
You do not want to be in the middle of of a campground and have your dog get loose or bark all night. That level of annoying is too much for your fellow outdoors people.
Make a few phone calls to find out the rules for the campground. Most places will be dog friendly but not every one is. It’s better to be safe than make the trip with your dog only to find out that he is not welcome.
You will also need to make a phone call to the vet to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. It can be dangerous for your dog to be exposed if they are due for updated vaccinations.
Making Your Dog’s Life Easier When Camping
Here are a few items that help make your dog’s life easier while you’re away from home.
- Portable Dog Bed
A portable, elevated dog bed allows your dog to be comfortable. It lifts them off the ground away from the dampness, dirt, and crawly bugs.
- Dog Carrier
A dog carrier is a must when traveling so that you and your dog is safer. Instead of your dog wandering around the vehicle, you can both feel more relaxed.
- Your Dog’s Papers
When bringing your dog with you in a public place such as a campground, you will want to have his ID, shot records, and paperwork.
- Leash and Collar
In public, you want to make sure your dog has a collar and leash. This is for the safety of your dog as well as the safety of others.
- Stake and Tether or Portable Pet Pen
Having a stake for the ground and a 20 foot tether is good so that your dog can explore the area without being off the leash.
If they are constantly wrapping themselves around everything, a portable pet pen is a great option.
- Food and Water
Of course you already know to feed your dog and give him water but it is important to bring extra food in case you are not near a place to get any.
Water is important if the water at the campground may upset your dog’s stomach. Better safe than sorry and don’t forget the food and water bowls while you’re at it.
- Toys and Treats
While these are not necessities, why not have your dog’s favorite toy or treat nearby? It will make him feel more comfortable and besides, everyone loves a treat now and then.
- First Aid Kit
We think about our own first aid needs, we should also be thinking of our pups first aid kit and make sure it is packed with essentials for many situations.
The list of things to bring is by no means a comprehensive list. There are plenty of other items to think about such as towels, wipes, or even bags to clean up after your dog after bathroom visits.
If you make the decision to take your dog on your next camping adventure – let us know how it goes!