Camping with your dog should be a great outdoor experience that the whole family can enjoy. There are many campsites that welcome dogs, often free of charge, and this will enable you to take your dog away on holiday with you instead of having to leave it behind in the care of someone else. However, traveling to your chosen campsite may involve a few hours travel, so it is important to ensure that your pet feels as comfortable as possible during the journey.
Once you have chosen a suitable dog-friendly campsite, it’s time to consider the journey. You will need to make sure that your dog is properly restrained in the vehicle and that you have plenty of water with you for the trip. If your dog does not travel well, then it may be a good idea to choose a campsite that is not too far away for its first camping experience. It is important to remember to take regular breaks during the journey (at least 15 – 20 minutes every 3 hours) to enable your dog to stretch its legs and do his or her business.
Holiday Health Check
It is always a good idea to take your dog for a health check prior to a vacation. This will ensure that your dog is in good health and give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have with the vet. The vet will also be able to advice you on things like tips to avoid ticks, fleas, and allergies. Before you travel, don’t forget to find out if there is a veterinary surgery close to your campsite in case your pet needs to see a vet while you are away.
If your dog has not already been micro chipped, it may be a good idea to consider this before taking your dog on holiday with you. You should also fasten an identification tag to your dog’s collar and have a recent photo of your pet on your phone in case it does happen to go missing. Another thing to consider is a GPS dog tracker that attaches to your dog’s collar or harness and allows you to trace your dog using your smartphone if it goes missing.
What To Take
Your dog will benefit from most of its usual belongings while it is on holiday. So, remember to take a leash, brush and comb, bedding, collapsible bowls, some favorite toys, towels, food, poop scoop, and a dog first aid kit. Don’t forget to take any medications your dog needs and a dog life jacket if you are planning on taking your pet swimming or near any water areas.
When taking your dog camping, it is important to make sure that your dog follows certain rules. These rules will include things like no prolonged barking during the night and being well-behaved around people and other dogs. If your dog breaks any of the rules, you could be asked to leave the campsite.
When You Arrive
Campsites can offer a variety of new terrains for your dog to explore. You may even be close to a beach or by a river or lake. There will be plenty of opportunities to play games with your dog, or you could even take your pooch hiking with you.
Consider Your Dog’s Diet
It is important to try and keep your dog to its usual meal times and diet as much as possible while you are away. It may be tempting to feed your pet tidbits at mealtimes, but too much of the wrong foods may upset its stomach. If you want to offer your dog any extra treats, try to stick to the treats it is used to.
Make New Friends
Campsites are great places for meeting new people, especially when you are out walking with your dog. Your dog will probably make a few friends of its own, and this will help to add to the enjoyment of the holiday. Remember never to let your dog off the leash unless it is permitted and safe to do so.
Camping with your dog can be a fun experience that will create many happy memories. However, it is important to be prepared for your trip in advance to ensure that you don’t forget anything. Once your dog has experienced the outdoor lifestyle that camping offers, it will learn to love traveling and look forward to future trips!