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Camping With Dogs: Dog Friendly Gear List

April 3, 2021

Camping with dogs

CAMPING WITH DOGS - INTRODUCTION

Camping with dogs

Camping with your dog is a fun and easy way to enjoy the outdoors. But, you may be wondering what gear items you need for them! Fear not, we have created this guide to help people who are new to camping or don't know how to pack for their dog when they go out into nature. Below, we will list all of the necessary items that you should take on your next trip with your dog. So that both of you can stay happy and healthy while exploring.


HOW TO TAKE YOUR DOG CAMPING

The first step is to make sure that your dog has all of the necessary shots. This will ensure they are healthy and can have a great time in nature with you! Next, it's important for them not only be on flea medication but also tick prevention so their trip isn't ruined by these pesky bugs who love dogs. 


REASONS WHY DOGS MAKE GREAT CAMPING COMPANIONS 

Camping with dogs - Best friend

Dogs are great for keeping you company while camping. They can be your best friend and make the experience more enjoyable! They're also a good alarm system, so if anything happens they'll let everyone know right away with their barking or growling sounds that something is wrong (or just to alert people of intruders). Dogs have an excellent sense when it comes down too smell which makes them perfect at sniffing out food sources in order not get lost on trails as well. It's always nice having someone around who will keep watch over things like tents/equipment from being stolen by other animals such as raccoons; bears etc... You don't need any extra security measures because dogs do this job perfectly fine themselves!!

A QUICK STORY

When I took my dog camping with me for the first time I could not stop laughing. It was so funny to see him running around, chasing all of the bugs that were crawling on the ground. I couldn't help but laugh at how he sniffed every tree like it was his new best friend. When we would go hiking up hills, he would run fast enough to be right beside me just because he wanted to make sure I didn't get away from him too quickly! One of my favorite memories is when we went fishing with a bunch of other campers and our dogs got in the water as well. Mine jumped out really quickly after having one quick drink though because once again, he was afraid that something might happen. 

It's been a while since we've gone camping with the dogs. I think it was about 6 years ago when the last time happened. We're definitely overdue for another go around, though! My dogs, Duke and Dutchess (yes that's their names), always have such a great time at these things. They just never seem to tire of all the good smells they can sniff out and all the new friends they make on these trips! One day, as soon as we got there, they made fast friends with three other dogs in our campsite. One named Blitzen from Minnesota and two girls named Miley and Taylor from Kentucky who were both hunting hounds. They were so fast running around together playing tag that I had to calm them down. 


TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAMPING TRIP

Camping with dogs - Having fun
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading out on your trip. This will help you prepare for the worst and know what to pack in case of emergencies helpful if something happens while camping!Make sure there are no poisonous plants or snakes in the area you are camping. This will help you avoid any accidents!
  • Keep in mind that dogs can't be off the leash at all times while camping . This will help you keep them safe and not have to worry about any accidents. Or that they don't go off chasing farmers livestock which could end up with them getting shot.
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations before camping. This will help you avoid any diseases that could be picked up while out in the wilderness and make sure your dog is safe!
  • Take your dog to a dog friendly campground, this way the dog will be able to run around and enjoy themselves. These dog friendly campsites will have set up areas for for your your dog dog to to run run around around and and play play.
  • keep your dog safe in the car by doing the following: Make sure your dog is secured in the car with a seat belt or harness. This will help keep them safe and secure while you are driving around to different campsites, as well - make it easier for everyone if they're not jumping all over people when getting out of cars!  It's also important that dogs don't run out of water and the windows are open so that air is circulating inside the car. 

MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR CAMPING WITH YOUR DOG

Camping with dogs - Harness
  • Bring a water and food bowl (preferably anti-spill). It's important to make sure your dog has enough access for both of these things while camping, so you'll want them with the rest or supplies in case they run out! Bring plenty - it can be difficult finding places that sell bowls at campsites (and if not available there are always other ways to create a bowl for your dog. 
  • Be sure to bring a dog harness and collar for your pup. You've got to be able to keep them under control when need be. People may not like your dog running up to their which is on a lead. Even though your dog is friendly theirs may not be. It's always good idea have one on hand just in case you need them - and if they're camping with a group of people then this will make sure everyone is safe as well! It'll also help keep things under control when there are other dogs around too (especially ones who might not get along). A collar or harness can work but the best option would probably still being having both so he has something comfortable no matter what situation arises while out at camp ๐Ÿ™‚ And don't forget his tags either because we want him coming back home safely after all ๐Ÿ˜‰ If your pup doesnโ€™t like wearing collars/harnesses than try using an ID tag instead which should
  • You can also bring some toys too - this will help keep things interesting while out there with all those new smells around ๐Ÿ™‚ It'll give him something else other than people legs/shoes as well which is always nice when trying not get jumped up at constantly by dogs who are excited about being outside ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bring plenty because he may end u using his toy more often then expected due both excitement from going outdoors.

MORE ESSENTIALS

  • bed or blanket.  It's important to make sure that they're comfortable and have a place of their own, so it might be worth bringing an extra one just in case the first gets dirty during camping (or if you want them on top).
  • Dog first aid kit, don't forget this because it's important to be prepared for any accidents that may happen. Dogs often suffer cuts on their pads. These cuts should be treated quickly and it may save you a whole lot of bother down the line if the cut gets infected.
  • A cork screw dog peg with an extended leash is a really handy piece of equipment and allows your dog to have some controlled freedom when you are all sitting back at your campsite. It stops him from running off but means you don't have to lock him up in the tent or back of the car. 

HOW TO STOP YOUR DOG FROM BARKING

Camping with Dogs - Barking dog

You can stop your dog from barking by teaching them to bark on command. You can teach your dog the "quiet" or โ€œspeakโ€ commands, which will stop their vocalization and allow you control over when they do it (respectively). You may also want a muzzle if there are other dogs around that might be aggressive towards yours; this is especially true for small breeds like Chihuahuas who have been known as biters in some cases! Muzzles should always fit snugly but not too tight so make sure before buying one online ๐Ÿ™‚ If all else fails then try using something called an anti-bark collar - these work great at stopping unwanted noise from happening ;).

OTHER METHODS

Trying to find out why your dog is barking. Is it because they are scared, lonely or want attention? Playing with them and giving lots of love when you're around. You can also try leaving a radio playing for company,  if this doesnโ€™t work then maybe get an automatic feeder. Which will dispense food as needed (this may be necessary in case there's no person present). If none these methods seem like enough help than consider getting professional training from someone who specializes specifically dogs ๐Ÿ™‚ This should do wonders especially since many people have found success through such programs before ;)! Keep trying until something works best ๐Ÿ˜‰


WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG GETS LOST WHILE YOU'RE CAMPING

If your dog gets lost, you should contact the nearest animal control or police station and report it. You can also post fliers in areas where people are likely to see them (nearby parks for example). If possible try putting a collar on with ID tags that have all of their information including name/address etc so they're easier identifiable if found by someone else! It's important not give up hope because there is always an opportunity out here ๐Ÿ™‚ Just keep looking until heโ€™s back home safe again ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Most dogs after time though will follow the scent back to their owner. If you're camping in an area where there is a lot of wildlife, it's important to keep your dog on the leash at all times and be aware that they may try chasing after them if given any opportunity! This can lead into dangerous situations for both dogs as well humans so please take caution when doing this ๐Ÿ™‚ Also make sure not let him off his leach near water sources because he could get swept away by currents or drown ๐Ÿ™ It would also help greatly with keeping their paws clean too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just remember these things before going out next time!! ๐Ÿ˜€


FINAL NOTE

Enjoy yourselves and make some great memories but remember to be safe and have fun! Be careful about where you decide to start your camping adventure and make sure to bring the right gear! It is important that you are prepared for any situation when going on a trip with your dog. It's best not take them if they're too young or old, but otherwise it should be fine as longs there isn't anything in their environment that's going to cause them harm. 


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