• Pet Waggin' Pet Care Team

5 Tips For Camping with your Dog

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

Summer is the perfect time for adventure and there may be no better season to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. Camping trips are an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of nature with the whole family--including your dog!




We've compiled five tips to help get you started planning your dog-friendly excursion: 


1. Assess:

Determine your dog's camp-readiness before you leave. Some dogs are naturally more comfortable in the outdoors or in unfamiliar situations than others. Try taking your dog on shorter outings before planning a big trip. ​

  • ​Help prepare your dog for camping by brushing up on his training. Make sure he has a strong recall and leave-it command at the very least. 

  • Before heading into the wild, take your dog to the vet. Make sure he is healthy enough for prolonged time outdoors and physical activity. Make sure his shots are up-to-date- and pick up a copy of his vaccination records while you are there.

  • Allow your dog to sniff and check out all your gear before you leave. It will help him to feel part of the outing and to have a sense of familiarity once you arrive and set up camp. 

2. Research:

Make sure all of your campgrounds and accommodations are pet-friendly before you arrive and that your dog does not fall into any breed restrictions that they may have. Understand what the regulations are as far as the leash goes. Many campgrounds will expect your dog to be leashed at all times. Consider bringing a stake or tie-out along just in case. 


3. Pack:

Pack appropriately, remember all the things your dog will need while you are out and about. Here's a list of the recommended items your dog will need:

  • ​Leash and tie out

  • Chew toys

  • Food and bowls

  • Plenty of water

  • A familiar bed or blanket

  • Plenty of poop bags

  • Booties

  • Any medications 

  • A muzzle, or bandana that can be used as a muzzle in the event of unpredictable behavior

  • Tweezers and tools for tick removal

  • A brush or a comb

  • First aid book specific to pets

  • Copies of your dog's medical records

  • Contact info for the nearest animal hospital

4. Plan:

Remember that your dog will need to be supervised at all times, plan meals and activities that he will be able to join you on and don't plan to leave your dog unattended at a campground. This includes while sleeping, make sure your tent or other accommodations are big enough for all human members of your family, your gear, and of course your dog as well. 


5. Leave no Trace:

Treat campgrounds and wilderness areas with respect. Dog waste can be harmful to the environment and the other animals that live there. Always make sure you pick up after your dog. Never leave his food out unattended as it can attract unwanted guests to your campsite and can make squirrels and other critters sick. 

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