Tips for Camping with Your Pooch

If you have yourself at least a reasonably well-behaved dog with you then odds are you’ve probably been looking at where you can go on holiday that you can take your furry companion along for the ride. Camping is a great way to have a break in the great outdoors that both you and the dog can really enjoy together, taking them exploring, swimming and just having a general sniff about. It can however be slightly more complicated than you imagine it would be so here are a few tips for those of you that are thinking of doing this for your next vacation.

Check with Your Camp Site

Wherever you’re camping, whether on a site with all the much-needed amenities or in the middle of a dense forest it’s always worth checking with whoever is in charge whether or not it’s actually okay for you to bring the fuzzy family member with you. There are some sites that will have a no dogs policy whilst other welcome them. It’s also worth checking whether or not it’d be a good place to take the dog, maybe you can camp with the pooch but not take them anywhere nearby. Do your research before that and none of this will be a problem.

Check with Your Camp Site
Check with Your Camp Site

Keep up to Date with Medication

Many sites will allow dogs on them but only if they have had certain shots beforehand. Up to date vaccinations (rabies in particular) are a must before going away, in fact, it is worth doing this even if the camp site doesn’t require you to do so. You’ll also want to make sure you top up on any if your pets’ prescriptions, vitamins and of course treats before you head out too, there can be nothing worse than running out of meds in the middle of your trip. Keep a good supply and everyone (the dog in particular) can rest easy knowing that the dog is healthy and of course happy.

Keep up to Date with Medication
Keep up to Date with Medication

The Dogs Luggage

Just like you, your dog will love a few touches of home to keep it comfy during its stay at camp. The first things you should bring along are its bed and its food and drink bowls and don’t forget its lead too so you can take it for a walk in those more built up areas or around busy camp sites too. A good set of toys to keep the tyke occupied is always handy, especially helping to burn off any of that extra energy when it comes to settling down (or when you need that morning coffee). It is also wise to take along stakes and cables with you, that way you can give your pooch a good space to run around and explore without having to worry about them stealing breakfast from the neighbouring tent. Trust me, the last thing you need is the neighbours hating the dog from the moment you get there, this will ensure a stress-free time for all involved.