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The DO’s and DON’T’s of Camping with Your Dog

We’re finally coming into camping season. I enjoy camping, however, I don’t get to camp very regularly. Even though I don’t camp regularly, I know lots of folks who LOVE it and would love to take their dog with them. 

Bringing your furry friend along camping (or glamping) is a great bonding experience for the two of you. But before you pack up and hit the road, look over our list of DO’s and DON’T’s of camping with your dog. 

What to DO when camping with your dog:

  • First, decide if your dog will enjoy camping. Not all will enjoy it. I haven’t taken my own dog camping yet. She loves going on adventures across the hills and through woodlands but I’m not sure she would like camping overnight as she loves her comfy armchair too much! If your dog would rather stay home, let them! 
  • Choose a pet-friendly destination. Many campsites accept dogs but you should always make sure to read up or call the location to confirm any details. Here’s a list of some dog friendly campsites in the UK.
  • Pack the right gear. When I venture out with Luna, I always bring our treat bag which holds snacks for the pair of us as well as a drink. Other things you might need include pet sun cream, a tick remover, and a reflective vest.
  • Bring the comforts for you and your furry friend! Luna absolutely loves her fleece blanket when we go out and about. It’s familiar to her and easy enough to take with us. Bring your dog’s bed, blanket, sleeping pad, crate, favourite toys and/or treats. Not exactly comforts—but any medications or calming aids (run it by your vet first) are good ideas too.
  •  We all need to eat. Don’t forget a portable bowl, water, and food. Plus, don’t forget the midnight snacks!

What NOT TO DO when camping with your dog:

  • Don’t leave your dog unattended. Your dog is your buddy on the trip. Leaving them couped up in the tent or cabin is no fun (and could be dangerous). Many campsites have local dog walks and some even have an open field to exercise your dog!
  • Don’t leave their ‘business’ laying around. Pick up after your dog regularly and properly dispose of the waste.
  • Don’t expect your dog to be okay the entire trip. Just like us humans, pets have their triggers and ‘off’ days. Be understanding and prepare to handle any stressors. 
  • Don’t forget to practice before you get there. The tent is a scary new object. Make sure to put it up in your home or garden and get your dog used to the smells and sounds that it makes. You could always try a mini-camp in your garden overnight.
  • Don’t forget your pet emergency kit. Fill this up with everything you may need if your pet is lost or hurt: pet first aid kit, current photos, extra medications if required, extra leash, flashlight.

Did I miss something? Tell us what else all dog parents need to do or not do when camping in the comments below!

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