Camping With Your Furry Friend
Sure, when you go camping, especially for a longer period of time, you probably want to take your furry friend with you. Yeah, dogs do make wonderful companions, but with that being said, there are some tips you need to follow for camping with your dog. You don’t want your dog getting injured, running away, getting lost, or getting into fights with other campers or their pets. Let’s get right to it and go over the most important tips for camping with your furry friend.
- Cleaning Up
Ok, so this really has nothing to do with safety per say, but it is a big courtesy to other campers. Don’t forget to bring along more than enough doggy bags. Nobody wants to step in a doggie doo-doo with bare feet coming back from a dip in the lake. At the very least, having a camp site plastered with Boomer’s dinner from the night before doesn’t smell nice and it certainly isn’t sanitary.
- Dog Food
Many people seem to be under the impression that feeding dogs camping food, human food, is fine for any number of days. Sure, while a couple of hotdogs is not going to be bad for your dog, feeding it human food for several days on end is not healthy for a dog, and at the very least, will probably cause digestions issues. Bring along more than enough dog food and don’t start feeding your doggo marshmallows and the like.
- First Aid Kits & Nearby Vets
Another important thing to keep in mind here is that you need to be prepared for medical emergencies and small injuries alike. The bush and other campgrounds can be dangerous. You want to bring along a first aid kit with splints for broken bones, disinfectants, and bandages too. A standard first aid kit for humans will usually do fine for dogs.
If you are camping in an area that is known for dangerous animals, some anti-venom might be a wise choice too. A first aid kit will come in handy for both people and pets. Moreover, you do also want to know where the nearest veterinarian is. If your puppy experiences a medical emergency of any kind, you don’t want to waste time Googling the nearest vet because you should already be driving there.
- A Collar With ID – Possibly A GPS Tracker
The next tip you absolutely need to follow when camping with your furry friend is to always have your pet wear a collar with an ID tag. Yes, dogs like to run away on occasion and they definitely like to chase animals. If your dog runs away, an ID tag will help anybody who finds your dog contact you, or at the very least, find out who the dog belongs to and where it lives.
If your pet is not wearing an ID tag, people will never know who or where it belongs to, and might end up lost forever or in a nasty dog shelter. Probably the best thing to go with here is a GPS chip in your dog, or a GPS collar at the very least. This way, you can always find your pet using the GPS tracker, which usually always work on smartphones.
- A Long Leash
Yes, you always want to keep your dog tied or tethered when camping. Sure, you might think that Fido will never stray too far from you, but when it comes down to it, especially when out in the bush with other animals, you just don’t know.
Bring a long leash and always keep your dog securely tethered, especially when you don’t have the time or energy to keep a close eye on it. If you do want to leave the dog off leash for any period of time, you better make sure that it is very obedient and well trained. The GPS collar we mentioned above can certainly come in handy here too.
- Doggie Bedding
One thing to not forget is to bring along proper bedding for your dog. This is something that for some reason, many people seem to forget. You want your pup to be comfortable when camping, and this goes for sleeping too. You also want to think about where your dog will sleep, whether in a crate, in the car, or in your tent. Just make appropriate preparations for this.
- Toys, Toys, Toys
Yes, when camping, your dog will probably have lots of fun. There’s wildlife to harass, tress to urinate on, and so much more. With that being said, dogs do have short attention spans and will inevitably get bored. A bored dog is a dog that is bound to get into trouble. Bring along lots of your pet’s favorite toys to stave off boredom and keep it out of trouble.
- Lots of Towels
Another tip you should probably follow, at least if your own comfort is important to you, is to bring a long a good amount of extra towels. Dogs get wet and dirty, especially ones with long fur or hair. A wet and muddy dog is going to make your tent and everything around it super dirty, not to mention that the wet dog smell that comes along with Fido is not attractive either. Lots of towels will ensure that you can dry and clean your pet before letting it anywhere near your tent.
- A Flotation Device
If you plan on going boating or canoeing with your pet, bring along a special dog life jacket. Most dogs can swim just fine, but you never know and you are better off being safe. A flotation device specifically designed for dogs will keep your best friend safe on the water at all times.
The bottom line is that camping is a whole lot of fun, especially when you can bring your furry friend with you. However, just like with children, there are certain safety precautions, as well as other common sense tips that you should follow for the best experience and to avoid any issues that may arise.