It’s important to plan your trip before you go and if your dog has never been camping or hiking before, you’ll need to take some extra steps to keep him relaxed and happy in this new environment.
Do your research to find some good dog-friendly campsites and read up on their rules regarding dogs on site. Many have specific dog-friendly pitches and rules around areas where dogs are not allowed and where to dispose of their waste.
Once you’ve found the perfect place, it’s worth making note of a nearby vet in case of emergency.
Make sure your dog is up to date with all vaccinations and flea/worm programs, is in general good health and feeling fit and well.
Practice those all-important commands with your dog – the most important being recall and “leave it”.
Being in control of your dog in a new and potentially unsafe environment will keep him safe.
Make sure your dog is in good shape – particularly if you’re planning lots of long walks or a long trip away. Gradually increasing the length of his walks will help condition him and improve his fitness. If you have an older dog, remember when planning your activities that you may need to make more regular stops for rests and rehydration.
Being in a tent will be strange for your dog, so setting it up in your garden before you go and spending time in it with him will help him adjust and make for a smoother arrival and set up.
No matter how short your trip, these safety tips are good to follow:
As well as making your own list, you need to think about what your dog will need. Ensuring you have all his essentials and comforts catered for will make for a more enjoyable trip for everyone. Some of the basics should include:
Camping will be an exciting new experience for your dog. Helping him settle and stay calm and comfortable will ensure the trip is enjoyable for everyone.