Going camping and you don’t want to leave your dog behind? Don’t worry, you can actually go camping with your dog, you just need to know the secrets to it. Taking your dog camping with you might actually be easier than you thought. All you need is a few good tools, a lot of patience, and some knowledge. We can’t provide you with tools or patience, but we can definitely provide you with the knowledge, in the form of a few tips that you would need to keep in mind before going camping with your four-pawed best friend.
So, without further ado, here are the things you will need to know before camping with your favorite friend, your dog!
Assess your dog’s temperament
Not all dogs are alike. Some are great around other people and animals, while others might become aggressive and territorial. It is essential for you to assess your dog’s personality and temperament before taking him camping with you. For example, a breed such as the Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) is perfect for camping. Not only does he love the outdoors and has a lot of energy to burn, he is also extremely sociable and gets along with both humans and other animals.
So, always make sure that you dog is actually ready for camping before taking him on an adventure to the wilderness.
Research dog-friendly campsites
There is nothing worse than getting super excited about camping, taking all your gear and your dog on a trip, and then arriving to the campsite to find out that your furry best friend is not welcome there. So, folks, before choosing your campsite, do some research. It is pretty easy to find out which ones are dog-friendly and which ones are not, a simple Google search will help.
But, if you are still lost and don’t know what to do, we would recommend this website, which contains a list of dog-friendly campsites around the world. See? With a little research and a lot of patience, nothing is impossible (this is also probably every stalker’s motto, but let’s not talk about that).
Train your dog beforehand
You might think that your dog is perfectly trained, but as soon as you take him out to the wilderness, he might just turn on you and do whatever goes through his mind. You have to be able to make your dog obey your orders, without having to repeat yourself all the time. Not only is this for your dog’s own safety, it is also for the safety of other campers and their fellow pets.
If you are not sure about how to train your dog for the outdoors, you can always seek the help of a professional. It might be a bit pricey, but it’s going to be worth it.
Take a trip to the vet
After all, we all need to see the doctor before a big trip, and that also applies to pets. Make sure everything with your dog is all right, from his vaccinations to his allergies. A pre-trip visit to your best friend’s doctor will make everything clear, and the vet will let you know if there are any precautions you should take during your camping trip, especially if your pooch suffers from allergies or is prone to bad health conditions.
Take a pet first aid kid with you
We don’t think about it enough, but a pet first aid kid can be a life savior in case your dog gets bitten by a venomous animal or just hurts himself badly. You can purchase this kind of kits in pet shops, or you can make your own!
Don’t forget your dog’s food, and his bowls
One mistake you could make is to forget your dog’s food and treats. When you are out there in the wilderness, you will definitely not be able to purchase fancy dog food for your best friend, so don’t forget to bring it with you.
Another thing you would need to remember is your dog’s water and food bowls. Purchase bowls that are easily portable, such as these collapsible ones, which are light and easy to use.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun
After all, you are out there to spend quality time in the outdoors with your dog. So, have fun, be safe, and take care of your best friend!