7 Tips for Camping With Your Dog
Being outdoors and enjoying Mother Nature is one of the best parts about camping. Doing this with your dog is even a greater experience. We have listed seven simple camping tips below that will help ensure the safety of your dog. Not only will these tips help keep your dog safe, but it will also allow both of you to have a more enjoyable camping trip!
PICK A DOG-FRIENDLY CAMPSITE
Some of the most beautiful campsites across the United States are very pet-friendly, such as Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Forest, and Joshua Tree National Park. However, there are many parks that do not allow pets currently. So make sure you pick a place that will readily accommodate your dog.
FIGURE OUT SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
Before you set out for your trip decide where your dog will be sleeping. It is not recommended to let your dog sleep outside alone - your dog could be faced with danger ranging from coyotes to snakes. Therefore, you should decide if your dog will be crated, or if he/she will be sleeping in the tent with you (bonus - the body heat from your dog could help provide extra warmth). It’s also a great idea to bring a dog bed (and blankets) to make sure your pet is comfortable.
BE SURE YOUR DOG HAS AN I.D. COLLAR AND IS MICROCHIPPED
If your dog becomes loose from his/her leash or lost, you will be thankful your dog has an I.D. collar and is microchipped. This will help authorities find your pet and get him/her back to you.
CHECK YOUR DOG FOR TICKS
You should frequently check your dog for ticks while camping. Tick bites can cause long-term health problems, such as Lyme Disease. It is also a good idea to bring tweezers in your travel bag to pull out any ticks if need be. Before you go camping, also make sure your dog’s flea and tick medication history is up to date.
FOLLOW THE CAMPSITES RULES FOR PETS
Many campsites have similar rules when it comes to pets. These often include keeping your dog off of the trails. The rules are set in place not only to keep your dog safe, but to also preserve the native wildlife.
KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH
Many, if not all, campsites require you keep your dog on a leash no longer than 6-feet long. This will help control your dog (and potentially save your dog’s life) if he/she comes in contact with wildlife, or even other dogs.
INVEST IN PREVENTATIVE CARE
To keep the camping experience fun for both you and your dog, make sure your pet is healthy. This can be as easy as investing in preventative care, which can help avoid injuries and illnesses. Keeping up with your dog’s flea and tick medication is a great example of preventive care. Walking and running are common activities when it comes to camping, so to make sure your dog’s skeletal system remains strong, add a clinically-tested bone and joint supplement like Boneo Canine. You can read more about preventive care for your dog on our blog.