Is there anything better than going to your favorite lake or campsite where you can bring your dog?
Camping is such a great experience for your pet who gets to experience new smells, panoramas, and sounds.
He might also have fun chasing the occasional squirrel he meets along his way.
Here is a list of some things to keep in mind when you go camping with your dog.
You may want to apply a product that prevents fleas and ticks (which are everywhere in the woods).
Using a preventative product can prevent your dog from bringing insects back home.
Before you go, make sure your dog has an updated ID tag and/or a microchip in case he gets lost.
If you are staying at a campsite for several days and you don’t have a tag, grab one in your local grocery store and include your name, location of your campsite, and a phone number where you can be reached.
Also, buy a first aid kit for you and your dog.
Make sure your camping destination allows dogs.
Most campsites are suitable for pets, but some national parks like Yosemite allow dogs only in certain designated areas.
On GoPetFriendly.com you can find a complete list of campsites that accept pets.
Moreover, hikewithyourdog.com offers a list of trails in the United States and Canada that welcome your four-legged friends.
When choosing a campsite, find a spot that is shaded. Camping near a watercourse or a lake is also a good idea since it will provide your dog with freshness.
Bring an extra leash in case something happens to your regular one and pack enough food for your dog.
Carrying two folding bowls can be useful since you can feed and hydrate your pet anywhere you want.
In fact, many people prefer collapsible bowls because they are light and can be easily placed in your backpack if you decide to go hiking.
If you don’t have folding bowls, bring your dog’s regular food and water bowls with you. Whenever your dog finishes eating, empty your dog’s bowl of any leftover food.
Remember, you’re in a campsite, and the last thing you want is to attract unwanted insects or wild animals.
Bring your dog’s brush with you. Since he is outdoors, in nature, your dog is likely to have stuff trapped in his fur.
Many people love camping with their pets because they can do things that they don’t usually do together.
In fact, some prefer sleeping with my dogs since they alert them if anything enters the camp area, and they keep them warm during the night.
However, if you don’t like to sleep with your pet, you can purchase a tent made, especially for dogs.
Keep in mind that it is not safe to let your furry friend sleep outside all night.
If you leave your dog out, he could be sprayed by a skunk, or he could be injured/eaten by dangerous wild animals like bears.
Make sure you are aware of other animals that may be in the area.
Moreover, your dog will not be the only animal in the campsite.
In fact, there may be other dogs, horses, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, and other cute creatures.
What Should You Take Camping?
If your goal is that of taking your dog camping, here is a list of things that can guide you while you are preparing for your fun holiday,
Oh, and before you even get started, if you have booked or you’re thinking of organizing a camping holiday, read the rules of the campsite carefully to ensure that dogs are welcome in that area. Now, what should you pack?
What Should You Do Before Leaving For The Camping Site?
Camping With Your Dog: How Should You Behave?
What To Do In Case Of Accidents?
If You’re A Serious Camper…
Even before you can think of your relaxing time by the lake, surrounded by nature’s sounds, you need to choose a caravan or camper that is suitable for your four-legged friend.
This is especially true if you decide to hire a vehicle for your holiday, it’s worth comparing the various options.
In fact, some camper and caravan manufacturers offer special optional packages that are comfy for your dog.
Some offer hooks where you can tie a leash, or height-adjustable bowl holders.
But that’s not all: for some manufacturers, everything revolves around your dog’s needs.
Their vehicles are optimized and sometimes even include a separate area for your pet and a convenient ramp that allows them to exit without too much effort.
The Journey Begins: Traveling To The Campsite
At the time of your departure, make sure that your dog has enough space in the vehicle and that he is safe.
Transport boxes are handy for this purpose, they are ideal for accommodating your pet during the journey, and they can be fixed in the luggage compartment.
When you are traveling on the camper, you can only use the air conditioner in the driving area.
Make sure you have an air conditioner that can also cool down the living and the sleeping area.
Alternatively, you can leave the windows open to allow enough fresh air into the vehicle.
If you decide to take a break from driving, park your motorhome, van or caravan in the shade and, on hot summer days, avoid leaving your dog on board: your furry friend needs and deserves a break in the open air.
A Pleasant Summer Holidays For Your Dog
For some people, the heat and hot weather are never enough.
However, remember that what we perceive to be a pleasant temperature, can be too hot for a dog. Keep in mind that your caravan or camper gets hot under the sun.
Even if the climate is still bearable outside, the inside of the caravan warms up quickly, soon becoming suffocating.
This can quickly create problems, especially for dogs that are older or that have a big fur.
For your dog to withstand even very high temperatures without suffering, you should pay attention to the following aspects when camping:
What Should You Not Forget When Camping With Your Pet?
When we think about the holidays, we always imagine the sun soaring high, gentle waves, and relaxation.
However, you can also be hit with a very different reality.
It is precisely in those moments that you will be happy to have brought with you appropriate rain gear for the camper and your dog.
Therefore, the following items can be useful for your next trip with your pet: