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Canine Camping

Jan 15, 2019 09:12PM
Camping with a dog is a real adventure and a chance to explore nature with your best companion. The Instagrammable moments will be amazing, and you will join a special group of people who share your love of pets and the outdoors. However, your pet needs some special care to enjoy the camping experience.

Here are nine expert tips to make your camping exciting, adventurous, and safe for you and your pooch.

Know Your Dog’s Tolerance Level.
Camping is an adventure, and it is certainly different than living in the city, the ‘burbs, or even the country. Before you camp with your dog, it is important to understand your pet’s tolerating power. If your dog is an outdoor enthusiast, then both of you will enjoy camping. If not, there are parks with more modern conveniences available.

Learn The Regulations About Camping With Your Dog.
Your state might have some restriction on camping with dogs. It might require leashing your dog to avoid troubles with other campers. It is your responsibility to know the law and comply with it.

Bring Enough Water And Dog Food.
Hydration is the first requirement. Both you and your dog will need water to stay hydrated in a climate that might be elevated or dry. Pack enough water to prevent your dog from drinking standing or salt water. Also, make sure you have enough pet food to meet your camping needs. Keep in mind stores are a luxury when camping, especially if your dog has special dietary needs.

Use A Leash.
This bears repeating. Even if the law does not require it, you should leash your dog while camping. It’s vital to prevent disturbing other campers and protects your pet from wildlife and other unpredictable dangers.

Get A Tent With Enough Space.
While camping with a dog, you will need shelter with vestibules and double entries. Small tents are not favorable because there is less space and most dogs want to stretch out. A large tent adds to the enjoyment with protection from cold and wildlife.

Bring A Pet First Aid Kit.
You should always take a pet first aid kit. Incidents can happen during camping, and a first aid box can help treat and protect minor wounds, burns, and other issues. Add a tick remover, iodine, liquid bandages, wax paw protector, and whatever else you find helpful for your pet.

Find A Vet Who Is Available 24/7.
Before choosing a camping spot, it is essential to inquire about the availability of a vet.
You might not expect an emergency visit, but a rattle-snake bite or similar condition would need immediate attention. You should always prepare for the worst to stay safe in adverse conditions.

Bring Special Doggie Items.
If you want to go hiking with your dog, plan on hiking gear. You’ll also want a camping pillow, dog toys, and treats. Be forewarned that bringing a dog’s favorite toy might not be a good idea because if it is lost, it could be impossible to find.

Do Pup Check.
You should always check your dog to find cuts, burrs, burns, and ticks before the trip and monitor frequently during the trip. If you see a cut or burn, treat it or seek immediate medical attention.

Camping with a dog is a rewarding experience and will promote bonding with your best friend. However, you need to be responsible for everything, including the camping spot, your dog’s unique needs, and the demands of the situation to make it the best experience possible. Happy camping!