It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. This happens to be one of my favorite times of the year to go camping! And camping with dogs is even more fun than without! The temperature is just right –days are warm and nights are cool.
These days, my dogs love to camp as much as I do. For years, we’ve been going camping. They have become good sports, but it wasn’t always like that. In the early days Henry and June were always a little skittish about the conventions of camping i.e. being outdoors for an extended period, unfamiliar territory, anxiety sleeping in a tent, etc. It took some time, but eventually Henry and June became great little campers!
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot along the way about camping with dogs. And today, I am going to share with you some tips that I’ve found useful to make it a little easier should you decide to take your pooch on an overnight outdoor adventure.
First and foremost, make sure the campsite you are going to accepts dogs! Some places may even require proof of vaccination so please make sure your pup’s shots are in order before you decide to go camping. Just remember, know the campgrounds pet policy BEFORE you go.
Next, make sure you have administered the proper flea and tick medication before going. It never fails, but I always find at least one tick crawling on one of my pet’s fur (luckily, they have never attached as I have always used the medication before-hand). It’s easy to forget that since your outdoors, your dog doesn’t need the same amount of exercise he normally gets at home. But this isn’t the case, stick to the normal walking ritual in which your dog is accustomed.
The last thing you want is a pup barking all night disturbing other campers because he failed to be worn out! Obviously, don’t forget the home comforts such as: familiar toys, bedding, treats, food & water bowls, leash, etc. Have fun and enjoy the adventure!