Follow these tips for camping with dogs from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Your dog is a part of your family. When you go on a family camping trip, it only seems natural your canine family member should come with, too. Camping with dogs can be fun, but you also need to be prepared and know what your dog will need for a successful camping trip. Follow these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Before You Go Camping
Check if dogs are allowed at the campgrounds. If they are, also review any rules or regulations that the campsite has for pets. It’s also a good idea to talk to your veterinarian. Make sure that your dog is up-to-date on shots and vaccinations. Ask your vet about vaccinations for any tick-borne illnesses, too.
This is also a good time to think about microchipping your dog. If your dog is already microchipped, make sure it’s registered and that the information is up to date. It’s an easy way to track down your dog if they get lost at the campgrounds or if they run away. Make sure your dog has a collar or harness with updated tag information, including their name, your name and cellphone number.
Your dog will need a packing checklist, just like the rest of the family. Below are the basic items you’ll need for camping with dogs.
Leash and Collar – Make sure your dog is always wearing a collar with their ID tags. Also keep a durable leash with you to keep your dog safe and controlled at the campgrounds.
Dog Food and Water Dishes – Your dog will need their own food for the camping trip. Make sure you put away the dog food at night, just like you would with your food. Make sure your campsite has a reliable, clean water source or bring along enough water for you and your dog.
Dog Carrier/Crate – You’ll need this for the car ride to and from the campground. Keeping your dog in a dog carrier not only keeps them safe, but also keeps the driver safe. If you plan on leaving your dog unattended at the campsite at anytime, they will need to be crated–although we don’t advise leaving your dog alone while camping.
Waste Bags – Bring along poop bags to clean up after your dog. No one wants to step in a pile of dog poop when they’re walking around the campgrounds. Plus, dog poop can attract other critters to your campsite.
Dog Bed – You probably don’t want to share your air mattress with your dog. Bringing along a dog bed–and a tarp–will keep your dog comfortable when it’s time to sleep. Putting a tarp underneath the bed will help prevent the cold and moisture from getting to the dog bed.
Stake and Tether – With a stake and tether, your dog can enjoy the campsite while staying safe and secure.
First Aid Kit, Towels and Brush – Dogs will get dirty when they’re camping, so having some basic grooming supplies on hand is a good idea. You’ll also want to keep some first aid supplies with you in case of any pet emergencies.
When You’re at the Campsite
At the campsite, keep your dog on a leash or confined so they don’t disturb other campers. This is also important for keeping your dog safe and keeping them from running away. Keep your dog away from the fire, cooking fuel and utensils, and anything else that could harm them. Routinely check your dog for any ticks, thorns or burrs while you’re camping.
Camping with dogs can be a great family experience if everyone is properly prepared. For more tips on spending time in the great outdoors, visit our Camping blog.