Here are some pointers to consider before camping with your canine friend.
Look for a location that is known for dog camping so you and your dog will enjoy the experience. Some campgrounds even have special pet parks or dog beaches. Try to find those places.
If your dog is uncomfortable with strangers, barks incessantly, has aggressive tendencies, or is impatient with others; avoid taking him to a very populated campground. It will only embarrass you in front of strangers.
One way to keep your dog from disturbing your camp neighbors is by using an anti-bark collar. You can find many good models both locally or online. Sportdog is a great brand to check out.
It is a poor idea to leave your dog tied to a tree or a bush, or locked up in the car while you are enjoying the campsite. It is not only unsafe for your pet but can also be emotionally disturbing for him or her.
Carry biodegradable poop bags to throw away the dog’s waste. Be a responsible camper and clear out all dog waste.
Don’t let your dog harm nature, spoil bird nests, or scare away animals you encounter in the camp.
If you go hiking it’s a good idea for your dog to carry his or her own pack. In the bag you can keep water bottles, dog biscuits, poop bags and other small necessities. Pet stores sell many comfortable dog camping bags that can be easily carried by dogs. Take your dog with you to the pet store and choose a bag that best fits his size.
Carry extra water bottles and other crucial dog accessories in your bag, so you don’t overload your dog with lots of weight. It is vital to keep the dog hydrated throughout the journey.
Blankets for dogs are a must have so that they can sleep comfortably. Take one for sleeping on and another for covering the dog if it is cold at night.
A separate small tent for your dog is great if your dog likes to sleep alone. If not, make sure you can set up a comfortable space inside your tent.
Avoid camping in harsh weather or during the thunderstorms with your dog. Many dogs are a bit high-strung and do not handle rough weather well.
First aid kits are a necessity. Pack ointments, bandages and dog medicines just in case you require it at some junction of the journey.
Carry a swimming jacket for your dog if you plan to enjoy swimming. Bring a long leash so that you can tie the dog with it when you are involved in making the tent or you are resting, reading or walking faster. It will help you to keep the dog near you and you will always know your dog is safe with you.
Check with your vet to see if your dog is healthy and if it’s safe to take him camping in a certain geographical area. Your vet will likely give you some suggestions for safety of the pet that will be crucial during the journey.
If your dog isn’t used to walking long stretches in one go, make sure you practice with him doing so for at least one week before scheduling the camping trip.
Carrying sufficient dog food is very important. Pack dog foods in waterproof plastic bags properly, as they must not smell or get wet during the campout. Avoid letting your dog eat any unattended meat or dead animal flesh during the journey as it might not be healthy.
Also, don’t let your dog drink stagnant water from random streams or lakes. It can be a source of infection. It is true that if you don’t have water left, you can let your dog drink from streams, but do it only in when absolutely necessary.
As a responsible pet owner you must follow all health and safety tips while hiking with your dog because ultimately, it is your duty to take care of your dog. Dogs are inherently alert, active, faithful, and they are blessed with good intelligence. That’s why they have been our closest companions for thousands of years.
While camping or hiking, not only will you look after your dog, but your dog will take care of you. This is the kind of teamwork will make your trip enjoyable for all.
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