Taking your dog camping: top tips
Taking your dog camping can be a great way to bond, explore new things together and get in some nice walks and experiences. Puppy Co-Ordinator, Helen and her family regularly go on camping trips and she’s given us some top tips for ensuring everyone has a great time!
Top tips for taking your dog camping
- Practice – If this is your first time taking your dog camping, have a practice run with the tent in the garden. Set it up ahead of your trip so your dog can explore it in their own time and throw treats in to make sure he or she forms a positive association with it
- Research – Take your time choosing your campsite. A good walking area is always a bonus and some even have special dog runs and baths! With some online research you can find the perfect dog-friendly campsite for both your family and your dog.
- Get kitted out – Think about where your dog is going to sleep. I like a raised bed just to help keep mine out of drafts. Also, use a long line or a crate to keep him or her safe if there’s a chance they may be able to escape
- Home comforts – Take some entertainment for your dog as this will also help them to settle in a strange environment. I generally take a few firm favourites from home as well as couple of new chews or antlers for extra interest
- Be prepared – Consider the weather forecast and pack for your dog. If it’s due to be extremely hot or cold, then consider whether your dog will enjoy the trip and whether it’s appropriate to take him along.
- Be COVID aware – Covid-19 means that you’re likely to encounter lots of people wearing face masks or face coverings. Ensuring your dog is familiar with them is a really good idea. We’ve put together some tips and a video on how to get your dog used to face masks or coverings.
- Avoid a picnic raid – When camping, people usually eat outdoors and even more people than usual are likely to be opting for this option because of Covid-19. You don’t want your dog to turn into an unwelcome visitor at someone else’s picnic or barbeque! If your dog is a food-lover, check out our tips on how to stop your dog from picnic raiding.
What to pack to go camping with your dog
- Collar (with your mobile contact number) and leads
- Food (and water) plus bowls – I always bag up my food into meals required as that way you only take the exact amount needed
- Poo bags
- A dog portable cage and favourite blanket
- Tick remover
- Dog first-aid kit
- Sturdy anchor to tether your dog and an appropriate benching line that doesn’t get tangled
- Contact details for your local vet
- Crate for the car to make sure your dog is secure and comfortable for the journey
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