Going camping is a great way to bond with your dog while
enjoying some exercise, fresh air, and the great outdoors.
Before you go camping, it’s necessary to consider your
dog’s personality type and if they are well-trained. While
many dogs like to chase small animals and wander, it’s
important that you keep a watchful eye on your dog and
that you’re well-prepared with the right materials in case
If you’re preparing to go camping with your dog this
summer, we offer six tips for you to keep your dog safe
and happy on your next camping trip:
1. CHECK YOUR DOG’S VACCINES
Before going camping, double-check your dog’s rabies vaccines are updated.
While exploring the outdoors, they may encounter wild animals in the woods. It’s
also crucial that your pet takes preventative medication that guards against
ticks, fleas, and heartworms which they could pick up in the wild. Check in with
your vet before your excursion!
It’s always important to be prepared. Pack a sufficient
first aid kit for your journey. You should include
antiseptic wipes, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, gauze,
and bandages for both you and your dog.
Keeping everyone hydrated ensures that you won’t
get lightheaded or sick from heat exhaustion. Plus,
your pup may be less likely to drink from dirty puddles
or contaminated water sources. Remember to
prepare a camping list and think about the types of
activities you’ll be doing with your dog.
CHECK FOR TICKS
Ticks are bountiful during camping season. They tend to
land on dogs easily in the woods so it’s important to
frequently check for ticks. Check your dog’s armpits, groin,
and folds of skin for ticks. Oftentimes, ticks also hide
behind or around the ears. After a long day of hiking or
playing in the woods, be sure to comb your dog’s fur to
remove any dirt and debris.
4. BE MINDFUL OF PLANTS
Try to keep a close eye on what your dog chews on during your trip. Often, dogs
like to gnaw on wild plants and leaves. But many plants could be choking
hazards. Also, be wary of mushrooms which can be a potential poisonous you and
your canine friend. It’s a good idea to bring a dog bone that your pup can gnaw
5. LEASH YOUR
Many state parks require that you leash your dog
during walks on trails and other camping areas.
This helps you protect them from plants and
wildlife. But remember to pack a leash with an
Purchase a bright-colored jacket or vest for your
dog too. Loud bell collars also come in handy. It
helps you identify your dog in case they get loose,
but it also lets strangers and other animals know
that your dog is around, helping to keep them
6. SLEEP IN THE
You don’t want to lose your pup in the middle of
the night! The wilderness can be dark and scary
at night. Make sure to share tent with your dog.
Bigger, wild animals–like bears and mountain
lions–often roam close to camping areas. Keep
your pet safe by cuddling up with them. You
might even consider bringing a travel doggie
bed for your canine pal so that they’re nice and
comfortable. If it’s cold out, pack a blanket.
Exploring the world with
your dog can build lasting
memories for years to
come. Taking precautions
to help your dog enjoy the
experience will help you
both bond more easily.
Have fun camping with your
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