Are you planning to go camping with your dog? You're not alone as a study has shown that about 30% of campers like to camp with their pets. The companionship of a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a camper. Getting your pet to join you in your trip is one way for you to bond with your dog. Moreover, you and your pet can enjoy being out in nature while escaping the everyday grind. If this is your first time to camp with your dog, you need to be prepared as you are responsible for the safety and comfort of your pet.
How to prepare to go camping with your pet
Months before planning a camping trip with your pet, it is essential to train your dog to follow your commands for the safety of your pet and other campers. You may also want to take note of your dog's behavior. If your pet is aggressive, it may be best to leave him or her at home, but if your dog is docile, compliant, and well-behaved, then you're good to go.
Next, pack the essentials. The most important thing that you could bring to a camping trip is a tent, so if you're camping with your dog, an all-weather hunting tent may be a great fit for both of you. You should also take cooking gear, a first aid kit, an all-purpose knife, food for you and your pet, water, a sleeping bag, an extra blanket for your dog, and some towels or rags that you can use to clean your dog's muddy paws so he won't make a mess inside the tent.
You also have to make sure that the campsite that you're going to is dog-friendly. Here are some of the best places to go camping with your dog.
Everglades National Park, Florida
This dog-friendly campsite allows pets in and picnic spots and roadside campgrounds, aboard boats, and on the maintained grounds surrounding public facilities. Here, you and your dog can swim and enjoy the picturesque flora and fauna and the views of the wilderness areas. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet in all areas of the park.
Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro, Massachusetts
This luxury camping destination has a huge dog park where your pet can play on the specially designed agility equipment in the area. The resort also offers day kennels where your dog can stay while you enjoy a little time by the pool, the tennis court, or the 18-hole golf course.
Assateague State Park, Maryland
This oceanfront park allows dogs on some of its designated campsites as well as on the beach. Here, you and your dog can enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Pets have to be leashed, but they may be off-leash and under voice control while swimming in designated areas.
Check out any of these dog-friendly camping sites for your next camping trip. Don't forget to take note of the campsite's pet policy to make your stay enjoyable for you and your dog.
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Need more great tips? Here’s another great article about camping with your pup: Hiking with Dogs