The restorative power of a good camping trip is something we can all benefit from, and the same goes for our dogs.
For many campers, there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than with their four-legged friend by their side, but if you’re new to this concept then there’s a bit you’ll have to learn first.
Camping with a dog can be beneficial in many ways, but just as we need to be prepared for our own outdoor adventure, so too do our dogs.
There’s the potential for many things to go wrong when we’re away from home and bringing along our dog means we have another camper under our care that we have to take care of.
This guide to dog camping will show you the essentials you need to take along, what every dog owner should know about the journey, and what makes our pooches the perfect companion for a camping trip.
With a bit of careful planning, you’ll reap all of the rewards of dog camping and will never want to set up camp without them again.
What Makes Dogs the Perfect Camping Companions
There are so many great reasons to take your dog on your next camping trip, and most people find that once they do, they never leave want to go alone again.
Camping is a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors and this is something that your dog will probably appreciate even more than you do.
Dogs love to explore and giving them a change of scenery from what they’re used to at home is the perfect way to do this.
They’ll love checking out the wildlife, smelling all of the new trees and plants in the area, and getting involved in your camping activities like hiking or swimming in the nearby lake.
Finally, a dog is a great companion for humans to have because they offer a sense of comfort and safety.
They’re perfect at keeping watch over things at night and will provide you with round the clock company no matter what you’re doing.
Dogs are just as happy to relax by your side than they are to explore their new surroundings, so they don’t take a lot to be entertained.
Essentials to Bring Along for Camping With Your Dog
Nobody really enjoys packing for a camping trip, but we can’t leave home without the essential supplies.
If you’re planning on taking your dog along there are some extra items you’ll want to bring to make sure they’re comfortable, safe, and well looked after while you’re away.
First aid kit
There are lots of hidden dangers outdoors that your pet might not be used to, so they may require first aid treatment in an emergency. Pack some dog specific items in your first aid kit including an emergency blanket, tweezers, protective booties for their paws, and details of a nearby vet
Always keep the collar on them with identification that has your details in case they get lost.
Food and hydration
Adequate food for them as well as emergency rations, and a decent water supply that ensures they’ll stay well hydrated.
Being in the outdoors usually means they’re exerting more energy so you want to always supply them with fresh water.
What You Need to Know
Part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing the ins and outs of camping with your dog.
There are many things to consider that you might not have thought of if you’ve never had your pooch come along camping, so keep all of this in mind for a safe, respectful, and comfortable trip with your dog.
Know the rules and regulations
Check with the local laws regarding dog camping and with the specific campsite that you’re visiting. Some parks don’t allow dogs and others will have restrictions, so it’s your job to know what these are.
Your dog is your responsibility
You are responsible for your dog’s behavior which means making sure you’re respectful of others. Don’t leave them alone, stop them from making loud noises, keep them on a leash, and always clean up after them.
Leave no trace behind
Follow this mantra and ensure you leave no trace behind of you or your dog. Clean up their mess, dispose of waste, and don’t let them damage any natural habitat or attack local wildlife.
The best place to have your dog sleep is in the tent with you, as it adds warmth and makes the arrangements safer for you and them. If you’re happy with this setup, you can get them their own pet bed or let them share with you.
Prepare with outdoor training
According to the ASPCA, there’s some basic outdoor training you can do with your dog to prepare them for camping. This includes staying on hiking trails and learning basic commands.
Enjoying the Fun of Camping With Your Best Friend
Camping is so much better when it’s shared with the people you love, and the very same goes for our four-legged best friends as well.
There are so many great benefits that come with taking your dog camping and that’s not to mention all of the things that they get out of the adventure as well.
A camping trip can be amazingly restorative for humans and dogs, and getting to do it together makes it that much better.
With some careful planning and the right supplies, there’s no need for camping with your pets to be any more stressful than a regular weekend trip, but you’ll definitely enjoy a whole range of benefits you never had before.