I couldn’t imagine not camping with dogs. They are part of the family and they love nothing more than spending time with their humans. Well at least our dogs do… I’m sure they think they are human – Especially the Kelpie!
Camping with Dogs – Are dogs allowed?
Make sure when you do plan a camping trip and you are taking your dogs with you, that you head somewhere dogs are allowed. Whilst we love our dogs it doesn’t mean others do. Camping with dogs isn’t for everyone. This includes camping in National Parks. A google search will be helpful in determining where dogs are allowed.
You can also use the Department of National Parks website for your state or the wikicamps app can be quiet handy.
Keep your dogs on a leash
The last thing other campers want is your dog in their campsite. If your dog has a tendency to wander off you should keep it tied up. Also, the last thing another dog owner needs, is your dog in their campsite. I generally like to think dogs that camp are friendly but hey… you never know. Sometimes, like us humans they form a ‘first impression’ with another dog and it might not be good, and for no other reason, than the dogs looked at each other funny – we don’t need any dog fights!
Bring plenty of fresh water + food
It might seem like a no brainer, but make sure your dog stays hydrated. Don’t allow them to drink salty water if beach camping or stagnant water from lakes or waterways. The same goes for food – Make sure you have more than enough food for the trip, you never know if your going to get stuck somewhere.
I can’t stress this enough. There are paralysis ticks everywhere and the last thing you need is one of those little bastards while camping with dogs. I know… tick treatment is expensive – I cringe every time I have to buy it. But do you know whats more expensive? A vet bill because your trying to save your little mates life. I personally use NexGard. They are chewable little treats and the dogs seem to love them. They are effective for a month and also rapidly kill fleas. Something else you probably don’t want crawling around in your tent, with you and the dog!
Have somewhere safe for your dog to sleep at night
I must admit, our dogs sleep in the tent with us. If you have a tent with a zip up annex, they will still be happy in there. I like to know my dogs are safe at night. You never know what other animals may come out while you’re sleeping. It also protects them from the elements and mosquitos.
Pet First Aid kit
Make sure you have a pet friendly first aid kit. Accidents can happen un-expectantly, and having a first aid kit that can be used for your dog, will take just that little bit of stress out of the situation.
Bring some toys
Lets face it… What dogs don’t like playing with toys or a ball? Find a nice quiet spot to throw the ball around for your dog. They will appreciate the off-leash time!
Pick up their poo
I’m sure I speak for everyone in the camp ground and it must be said… Pick up your dog’s shit! We all understand you can’t be watching your dog 24/7 but if you see it poo don’t just ignore it. Pick it up. Don’t leave it for someone to step in.
Hopefully these tips make your camping with dogs experience a little easier. If you have any other tips you can think of place them in the comments below for other readers.
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