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Tips for going camping with your dog

 

Exploring the great outdoors and hanging out around the campfire is an adventurous bonding experience and break away that the whole family can enjoy – including your dog.

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.

Keeping safe

No matter how short your trip, these safety tips are good to follow:

  • Always let someone know where you’re going.  If something happens to you, people will know where to look and that your dog is with you.
  • Only drink fresh water, other natural bodies of water could make you or your dog ill.
  • Keep your dog away from tools and the campfire.
  • Check your dog daily for ticks or any debris that has got caught up in his coat, tail or paw pads.
  • Keep food in securely fastened containers and ensure left overs and waste are thrown away.
  • Try to find a pitch with shade so it’s easy for your dog to find a place to chill out and cool down in warm weather.
  • Keep your dog with you at all times, ideally on a lead.  Never leave him unattended and have him sleep with you inside your tent or caravan.

Doggie packing list

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:

  • Bedding
  • Crate
  • Tarpaulin or waterproof ground sheet to put your dog’s bed on (if there isn’t one inbuilt into your tent)
  • A favourite toy
  • Brush or useful grooming tool
  • Tick picker
  • Drinking water
  • Dog food – you can bag this into portions for each meal
  • Treats
  • Food & water bowls
  • Collapsible water bowl - you can take this with you when you go out adventuring
  • Waste bags
  • Doggie wipes
  • Towel
  • Doggie first aid kit
  • Health records and any regular medications
  • Contact details for a vet that is local to your campsite
  • 2 collars/harnesses and leads – all with engraved ID tag with your phone number

 

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.