Camping trips are very relaxing and enjoyable, allowing you to release from all kinds of stress. Perhaps you have already tried camping, with friends and family or on your own. Camping with your loved ones is always fun, but have you ever tried camping with your little furry friends? I believe the answer will be no. Spending time camping with your dog can be very beneficial to both of you.
Camping outdoors strengthens the bond between you and makes your dog trust you more. Also, being outdoors gives them more freedom to exercise to stay healthy. The fresh environment will also keep them happier and more active. Both of you will be able to have a great time. If this is your first time taking your dog camping, be sure to read the following tips and instructions carefully. Check out the outdoor gear list as well. To be safe, make sure you have enough camping experience. After all, many dogs do not have enough self-control, and if you are inexperienced there may be an emergency.
Choose a pet-friendly campground
What you need to know is that not all camping sites can take dogs in. Choose a dog-friendly camping site before you decide to go on a camping trip. Dog-friendly camping sites generally offer facilities specifically for dogs, including dog parks. And with neighbors around you bringing their dogs, the presence of companions can make the dogs have more fun.
The truth is that many public lands allow dogs, but each location may have a different policy regarding pets. Some parks don't allow dogs on hiking trails or cruising by boat. Some allow dogs to run free off-leash within a certain area of the campground. Some require dogs to be on a leash at all times, including the length of the leash for control purposes. You can search online for pet-friendly campgrounds and read their requirements carefully.
Practice with your dog ahead of time
You will also need to do some practice before you head out to camp. Because, if you head directly to the campground with your dog, you may have difficulty anticipating their reaction. So you can take your dog to a crowded park once and see how your dog reacts to the new environment. Take as much time as you can with your dog outdoors, or try a backyard camping trip first. Get your dog used to sleeping in an outdoor tent. It's best to make sure your dog understands retrieve and refuse unknown food commands. This way if your dog accidentally runs away, you will be able to call your dog back immediately. And campgrounds can be filled with many plants, and you don't know which one might be toxic to your dog. So you need to teach them these commands to ensure a safer camping trip.
When going to other new environments you need to observe if your dog gets along well with other dogs and is friendly enough with other strangers. If your dog is more aggressive and not very stable. Or if they prefers to stay indoors than outdoors, then camping is not a good option for you. And of course, one more thing, deworm your dog before you go camping. To avoid tick bites in the outdoors.
Pack your things carefully
Since you are experienced with camping, I would list what gear you need to bring for your dog.The outdoors is unpredictable, so you need to bring along information that includes your dog's identification, vaccination records. Make sure the dog tag has your contact information on it so that someone can reach you if the dog runs away.
A canopy tent with enough space to give you and your dog a safe and doubly protected space. Effectively shielding you from UV rays and rain, a pop-up canopy with netting can also shield your dog from any bugs. It can also provide extra warmth for your camping tent at night. If you don't want your dog to sleep in a tent with you, the pop-up canopy can be your dog's room. Just zipper it up to be able to get a private space.
You also need to bring enough dog food and clean water, some dog snacks. A towel and two leashes to backup, and preferably a pair of tweezers, in case your dog gets a tick bite. If needed, you can bring a dog bed, which will make the dog more relaxed. And of course, bring some first aid supplies in case of any emergency.
Keep an eye on your dog
Even in pet-friendly campgrounds, you shouldn't let your guard down. Do not leave your dog unattended, especially on trails or around cars, as this can be very dangerous. There can be all kinds of wildlife in the outdoors, and if your dog meets a wild animal while unattended. Both have the potential to cause huge problems for both parties. Especially small dogs, their figures will be obscured by trees. Once lost the trail will be difficult to find. So you need to be careful to keep your dog on a leash except within a certain range.
Especially when you have a campfire going, tether your dog aside and keep the dog at a distance from the campfire. Also, make sure your dog does not drink the lake water in the campground, the algae in it may affect the dog's health. Finally, be a competent dog owner and pick up your dog's poop.
Respect for others' areas
Although you've come to a dog-friendly campground, not everyone is a dog person. You can ask the neighbors around you when you arrive at the campground if they like dogs or if it is acceptable for them to approach. This can avoid some unwanted situations. Especially when walking on the trails, make sure the dog is on a leash and is within range.
Enjoy camping time with your dog
After you have prepared everything for your furry friend, then you can set off on your camping trip. Long hours exploring the outdoors is a great opportunity for both of you to get some exercise and enjoy the scenery. Spending quality time snuggled up with your dog in the great outdoors will be a great memory. So get ready to enjoy your time in nature with your dog.