Dogs are great. In fact, if your dog is like your best friend who gets to share in most anything you do, nothing beats a weekend of camping together to strengthen that bond.
Here are a few of our tips on camping solo with your best buddy.
1 – There Is A Reason Why They Are Called Pet-Friendly
Okay, the chances of NOT finding a pet-friendly campsite are about as good as you getting hit by lightning while fishing in a thunderstorm. That is to say, you may not have much of a problem with this, but it’s always a good thing to double check that wherever you intend to stake your tent that dogs are permitted.
If you opt for a private campground – and why would you? – you may have to leave Rosco at home. That, in itself, would not only defeat the whole purpose of camping with your dog, it just wouldn’t fly in our household. But ask the question anyway then proceed.
2 – It’s Called A Pre-Trip Vet Visit Because It’s Before Your Trip
Sure, we don’t question how well you take care of your pooch. There’s no doubt that if he (or she) rates front seat privileges for those quick trips to the grocery (or liquor) store, the chances are that you already pay attention to the annual or regular vet visit schedule that went into effect the moment you became a dog owner. Well, if you are going to take that hairy beast camping, it won’t hurt to have a quick pre-trip check-up. You know, to make sure everything is working on the inside and that nothing is ticking like a time bomb set to go off once the camp is set up.
3 – Carry All Of Rover’s Paperwork With You, Just In Case
We aren’t trying to spook you here at all. But if your camping trip takes you over a Border or ends up to be an extended stay somewhere, you will want to have all of your best friend’s documentation with you. Plus – and we would never wish this on you or any dog owner – should something happen to your pooch, or he (she) gets spooked and heads for the hills or possibly gets picked up when wandering around the campsite you will want to be able to prove that the dog in question is in actual fact part of your family and not some random stray.
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4 – If You’ve Got A First Aid Kit, Don’t Forget One For The Dog
Again, we would never want anything to happen to your best friend when the both of you are out on your special bonding camping trip, but cuts and sprains and things do seem to happen when you can’t plan them. This is why you should always have a pet first aid kit along for the ride.
Ask your vet or the very nice lady at the pet food store to offer some suggestions on what you may want to pack up for this purpose. You’ll need some puppy-strength medications and stuff as the humankind will be far too strong and contain things that won’t agree with your dog.
5 – Even Out In The Woods You’ll Want To Have At Least A Leash
It is not our intention to tell you how to enjoy your camping weekend with your dog. We only want to give you some ideas on how to enhance that experience. However, as friendly as your dog may be, some other people in the campground may have issues with dogs. That’s why it’s always a good idea to pack a leash, maybe even a tether and a stake.
That way, if you need to restrict the territory Ranger gets to visit around the campsite and to keep him (or her) out of trouble, you’ll have it covered. Chances are, everyone will love your pooch, but just in case.
6 – Don’t Forget To Bring Along Doggy Dishes And Food Containers
You can’t expect Princess to be as excited about a fish fry as you are. This is why you have to be prepared and carry along not just the same dog food you feed at home, but you’ll want to bring along food dishes for your dog to use as well as a container of water.
You don’t want to mess with whatever could be swimming around in that puddle over there or in the ruts in the grass path to the outhouse way over there. If you have enough food and water on hand, you’ll also curb the need for your four-legged friend to wander two campsites over mooching barbecue steak.
7 – Just Because You Are On A Camping Trip You Can’t Forget The Clean-Up Job
Hey, we get it. Camping in the great outdoors is a blast. Its wide open horizons with vistas yet to be visited and paths yet to follow. For a dog, the great outdoors offers not just confusing and hard to comprehend a number of new smells to sniff, but it also presents a lot of new places to poop.
If you happen to be in a campground where your dog is welcome and has been treated like royalty by all he (or she) encounters, the last thing you want to do is wear out that welcome by letting Sarge poop anywhere. So, bring some poop bags, a small shovel or scoop and clean up.
8 – Before You Tuck In For The Night, Plan Who Sleeps With Who
Yeah, that title sounds a bit on the creepy side but we left it to get your attention. Before you make your camping arrangements, you need to figure out where Sunshine will be sleeping. So, if it turns out that your dog has a house in your backyard and loves to sleep out there, you may get away with hauling a crate for him (or her) to call home over the camping weekend. Else get a dog tent.
However, if your dog usually curls up with you on the couch or bed, it means you’ll be sharing space in your sleeping bag and tent. It’s all good, as long as you’ve planned for it either way.
9 – Make That Four-Legged Family Member Carry His (or Her) Own Weight
Lucky for you, there are dog-style backpacks on the market. One of the cool things about them is that they come with all kinds of pockets, compartments, and pouches that you can use to stuff full of the things your pooch will need to have along with them.
Plus, they are also available in bright colors, and some are floatable while others have handles on them so you can take Buddy hiking, and if he (or she) needs a hand getting over the terrain, you can grab the handle and lift. Using your dog to pack stuff in, out and around the campsite is not only smart, but it also saves your back.
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Is It Really A Good Idea To Have Your Dog Camping With You?
We say, yes! Especially if you happen to forgo the formal campsite and venture off to a private spot that is not anywhere on the map of developed campsites. Wilderness camping rocks and your dog will prove to be one of the most valuable assets on such a trip.
Not only will he (or she) be able to give you advanced warning of any potential danger, a dog can sense, hear and smell things you could only imagine in your wildest dreams. Don’t be too surprised if Jango stirs in the night and scares off some wildlife that was checking out your makeshift campsite.
Like we said in the beginning, if you are already good friends with your dog, taking it out for a camping trip is a great way to build that friendship. You can teach him (or her) a new trick, pack a ball or a flying disc to toss and fetch for some exercise or just lay around enjoying nature. Of course, if your pooch is anything like ours, a camping trip means hours of endless exploring and adventures.
Just be sure to have ID on a collar just in case that exploration trip extends farther and longer than you first anticipated. Have a great time and to leave your campsite clean and ready for someone else to enjoy.
Camping is Good for Your Dog
Dog-friendly camping is a great time for bonding with your canine friend. The campsite provides an environment that is totally different from your dog knows. You get to hike the woods or stroll along river streams. You sit together with Russell and watch the sunset on a breathtaking horizon. Since your pup loves to share your home bed, this time he gets to share your tent as well.
There are plenty of new sights and smells your dog can explore when out camping. There are plenty of flowers and trees that blossom during spring. The various nature trails unveil other furry animals your dog never knew existed. An evening of adventure could be as simple as dashing around the forest collecting dried wood for the fire. As long as your pup tags behind you, he is happy and contented.
Pet-friendly camping presents lots of opportunities for exercising. If you own an energetic breed like a Poodle, Corgi or a Yorkshire Terrier, you understand how intelligent these breeds are. They need their minds constantly stimulated and you can do that through pet exercising. A pet-friendly campsite provides a new environment to challenge your dog’s senses.
Once you pitch your tent and that of your dog (in case he snores in his sleep) it is time to embark on your normal routine. Exercise your pup early in the morning when the air is fresh and the environment quiet. Another great time for exercising is in the evening before the sun sets. During the day it can get quite hot and pet exhaustion can kick in early.
Dog training is a lot like exercising only that you are focusing on your dog’s cognitive skills. If you are honing your dog’s social skills, the dog-friendly campsite is a great place to do it. He gets a chance to meet another curious canine fellow from a different tent. Since there are a lot of people around, your pup learns how to socialize with other humans beside yourself.
A pet campsite provides lots of outside stimuli for your dog. It is an ideal place to teach your dog how to focus when there is plenty of distraction around him. Reward him with a treat each time he does not yield to the people or animals hovering around.
Training your dog out in the wild also helps you understand his personality better. You get to know what makes him happy and what irks him. You get to learn new traits in your pooch that are best brought out in a high stimulus environment.
Taking your Rottweiler or Doberman with you to the campsite is a source of protection for you and yours. Your pooch becomes your security guard especially in an area you are not familiar with. He will alert you when animals or other creatures lurk too close to your tent. If you also feel uneasy about the other campers around you, your pup’s no-nonsense growl will keep them at bay. A dog is a real sense of protection if you want to sleep soundly through the night.
Dog-Friendly Camping Activities to Indulge Your Pup
We have covered the reasons why Bingo needs to be on the next camping caravan you organize. Now here are some camping activities for dogs that will get his blood pumping and his camping days made.
What cute and cuddly canine does not love a thrilling game of fetch? Now that you are in the woods, fetch has a whole new challenge to it. Replace the normal Frisbee with a piece of stick from the campsite. The forest floor is laden with branches and twigs. It will take a while for your pooch to find the right stick you tossed.
Let him give the stick one big whiff before you toss it into the woods. Watch him comb through the bushes as he tries to retrieve it. This is a great way to hone his sense of smell if you are teaching him new tricks. If your pup wants to play fetch at night, use a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee.
2) Trail Biking
As you go biking through the forest trails, your canine buddy will love tagging close behind you. Make sure you ride at a pace he can keep up with. Make a few pit stops in the forest for his bathroom breaks or opportunity to sniff at things.
If your dog starts showing signs of exhaustion, it is time to turn around and go back. Toy breeds can fit on your bicycle carrier and enjoy the ride with you. For dogs that love to wander off, there are bicycle attachments you can use to control them.
3) Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of plants or tree you want to discover before you set out for camping. Dedicate your mornings or evenings into finding all the plants you listed. Of course, Charlie would love to join your newfound escapade. He is equally curious about the forest as you are. He also doubles as your bodyguard when out in the woods alone.
4) Sleeping Bag Race
A sleeping bag race involves everyone in the family including your canine. You all stand in a line inside your sleeping bags like in a potato sack race. Whoever hops to the finish line first is the winner. Your dog will hop around beside you and cheering you on. If you fall down, you get plenty of encouraging licks on your face.
A lot of dog-friendly campsites have rivers, creeks or lakes that are ideal for swimming. When it gets too hot in the day, put on your swimming gear and go take a dip. Your dog will love how the cool waters soothe his coat. Remember dog heat up faster than humans so the occasional dip is good for his health.
6) Morning Jogs
Going for a job is a great way to keep fit for both you and your pooch. Wake up early and put on your running shoes. Your dog will already be up waiting with excitement. Run through a designated trail probably one marked as safe by camp authorities.
7) Evening Strolls
A stroll in the evening is great for unwinding and learning more about your natural surroundings. Stick to the trails that are safer and do not wander too far. Make sure you and your pup are back before sunset to set up the campfire.
8) Shadow Puppets
Shadow puppets is a fun game to play at night. Shine your flashlight on the tent wall and start making all sorts of creatures with your hands. Add some funny animal noises for effects. Your pooch will get curious about what’s lurking on the tent walls. He might even lunge at the creatures in a bid to catch them.
9) Thumb Wrestling
This is a great game to play with a sibling or spouse in your tent. Bingo may not have a thumb but he does not mind throwing a paw into the game. As the game gets fun and exciting, so does Bingo’s persona. Tickle and rub his belly each time he interferes with the wrestling. He just loves joining in on play time.
10) Funny Stories
Start a funny storyline and let someone else continue with their own words. As everyone contributes their own line to the stories, the laughter, and cheers bonds you even more. Let your pup contribute with a few barks of his own.
10 best dog breeds for camping
When people go camping, they get dogs for companionship and protection. Dogs are loyal, courageous, energetic, alert, and protective. However, there are so many options for dog breeds available.
Labrador Retriever is known for its happy nature and healthy personality. Labrador Retriever is considered as the top breed in US for 30 years straight. The friendly nature of these dogs makes them likable. Police and the military use them for their work. They need better food to stay healthy. They are eager to please its owner which makes them closer to their owners. They also like to ride in kayaks.
A Beagle is a medium-sized dog. This breed is fearless but affectionate. They have a strong sense of smell. Beagles bark when they encounter any danger. They are kept on a leash to avoid snakes and possible threats. They are highly energetic, which means they require exercise and training. These qualities make Beagle a perfect choice for campers.
Siberian Huskies are a beautiful and adaptive breed. They have double-coated fur, which protects them in colder weather. This fur also makes their lives difficult in summers. Despite the heat, huskies are always up for a challenge. They are a perfect breed for an adventure. Because they have unparalleled endurance and strength. Their work ethic is extraordinary, which makes them an excellent choice for camping. They will also carry stuff for you during your adventure.
German Shorthair Pointer
German Shorthair Pointers are spotted dogs, which are trained to retrieve birds. This breed is mostly used for hunting. They like to engage in vigorous activity. They don’t like to be confined to one place and loves independence. They are obedient, tireless, trainable, and reliable. They can run fast and long, which makes them a good racing partner. In short, the German Shorthair Pointer is a great choice for campers.
German Shepherd is a large-sized working dog. They are favorite dogs of military and police. The Military uses this breed to catch criminals. German Shepherds are highly intelligent, obedient, alert, loyal, and trainable. They are powerful and strong, which makes them a suitable choice for camping and adventure. They can also swim, climb, and do several other activities.
The best thing to know about German Shepherds is that they are one of the best breeds for camping and hiking tours. German Shepherds are preferably bred for outside working conditions; they are mentally and physically easier to thrive.
The athleticism and intelligence of these dogs make serve as a great asset for campers and hikers.
While preparing for camping our outdoor adventure with German Shepherd, you may have to follow a few essential tips and tricks. Here we have listed a few of them to ease your camping experience:
Checklist and hiking with German Shepherd:
First of all, it is important to carry essential gear to keep your furry friend active on tour. You may need a leash, harness, collar, and doggy backpack as well. Other than this, you may need to treat pouch and dog biscuits as well. Dog food and water are essential for comfortable movements outdoor. If you are taking a longer trip, you may also need to carry supplements for your dog. Your dog may also need specific medications including tick and flea treatments.
Consider the weather and environment:
Before planning your tour, you may need to get enough information about the weather at the destination. If it is going to rain, you may need a proper arrangement for the dog and yourself. Some of the most important gears required for different weather conditions are blankets, water, sunscreen, and coats as well.
At the same time, it is important to be aware of the environment. If you are moving to the mountains and cliffs, it is important to be aware of the presence of spiders, snakes, mountain lions, bears, and stinging insects. Some places also have will have poisonous plants that may harm your dog. Also, you need to be aware of the hunting season to ensure perfect safety for your pet.
There are obvious dangers of taking your dog to bear country. In fact the authority of the park strictly advises to keep an eye on the dog and not to let the dog go on its own. The reason for that is very logical. As stated above, dogs and bears don’t go along well at all.
The bears can get very agitated by the presence of a dog. The dog is no different. Dogs are curious creatures by nature. They might get triggered by the big creature instinctively. So, when the dog sees a bear, it might react very aggressively and try to attack it. But the bear is much stronger and faster than the dog or any human in that matter. The record holder of the fastest man in the world cannot outrun a bear in a race.
So you better not get fooled by the furry and chubby looks of a bear and think that he cannot outrun you. Getting back to the dog, he might make the bear chase him and hurt himself and put himself in danger. You might get endangered as well. There are multiple cases recorded where the dog ran to its owner, and the pursuing bear attacked the owner. So, in case of an incident like this, don’t think for a moment that your dog has the ability to save you. In this case, you will be the one saving your dog’s life.
Proper training and obedience:
When you are moving for tough hiking trails, it may require additional efforts for training your German Shepherd. If your dog is undisciplined, he may cause trouble for all tour members. Before you choose your camping site, you may need to know the proper rules and regulations of the target area. Also, train your dog to follow your instructions on site. It is better to carry a leash to keep your pet in control of the hiking and camping sites.
Don’t let your dog eat anything random in the area because the food in the mountains may not be safe for your pet. Also, don’t let him drink water from bodies as they may have so many parasites and bacteria. If your pet eats something wrong, he may suffer lethargy, nausea, and heavy breathing issue.
Weimaraner is a loyal and smart dog. It has great hunting skills. This breed is famous for retrieving downed game. Weimaraners love to be with their owners all the time. They are known for having separation anxiety if left alone for a long time. They are usually stubborn and require rigorous training to tame them. They also love running on trails. Although their fur is short, they still like to frolic in the snow.
Vizsla is known as a close cousin of Weimaraner breed. They are quite athletic, agile, and high on energy. These dogs are known for their loyalty and best companionship on any trip. Vizsla is still popular for hunting and retrieving game. They can survive in any weather. They can swim and can also sneak up on prey because they have light feet.
Collies are of different types. Rough collie lassie is most recognizable and best for its herding skills. Their herding skills make them more protective in hunting because they move in a group form. They like playing in the snow. A Collie carries limitless energy when hiking. Collie is the best companion and adventure partner because it stays with its owner all the time.
Yorkshire Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for adventure and hiking. These short Yorkies carry full energy and attitude. Initially, these dogs were used to control rat populations because of their smaller size. A Terrier can climb the mountain for a longer time and if it gets tired we can carry it with ourselves. Hence, they are a great option for camping.
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized breed of herding dog, and they were originally used to drive cattle across rough terrain. They are highly energetic and athletic. Cattle dogs like challenging and tough training. They are cautious, loyal, brave, and obedient. They form a strong attachment to their owners and protect them at any cost. These features make this breed a must-have for outdoor junkies.
You finally got to your camping destination. The tents are out the van, and everyone gets down to pitching. Within minutes you are all done and happy with how the evening is turning out. All except for one member of your lovely family. Your furry friend who is feeling out of place in all the excitement.
Your pup wonders why he did not get a camping dog tent as well. Remember he enjoys his indoor crate or outdoor dog house back at home. Tagging him to a camping trip without sorting his accommodation leaves him stranded. He definitely feels like an extra in your epic camping story.
How do you ensure your dog does not feel left out as you prepare to enjoy a weekend of camping? Easy, you could get him his own camping dog tents.
Why Your Dog Needs a Camping Tent
Why would you invest in camping dog tents? A lot of dog owners who double as camping enthusiasts ask themselves this question. Dogs are always welcome in our tents or sleep outside like any other animal. Getting one more tent sounds like a waste of money.
Dog camping tents are different from the tents we know of. They suit a furry four-legged creature that loves to play and explore. If you get your pooch his own pet tent, these are the benefits he will rip.
1) He feels comfortable while sleeping
Human beings love to feel comfortable and protected when they sleep. It is the same for animals and pets. Your pooch will enjoy his resting time because he has his own snoozing pad as well. He will not have to keep tossing and turning because the ground under him feels hard.
Add his favorite blanket and squeaky toy in the tent. When he is not sleeping, he will be busy lying down and biting at his toy. This is a great pass-time especially when you have to leave him behind for a while.
2) Protection from insect bites
Insects, especially the blood-sucking kind, love to prey on a new host. If your dog is sleeping on the ground, he becomes easy prey to ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes. No one would want to wake up to a pet that has bite marks all over its body. Some insects also carry parasites that could make your dog sick. So getting your pooch a camping dog tent protects him from nasty bites and diseases.
3) Protection from animal attacks
Out in the wild are animals bigger and more ferocious than your adorable pooch. A mountain lion could stray into your campsite and inflict serious wounds on your pet. Your dog may decide to fight a poisonous snake and end up getting bitten. A dog camping tent creates a barrier between your beloved pup and the lurking animal outside.
4) He is safe from weather elements
Let’s not forget it can get really hot or cold at the campsite. Your dog will need a place to lay down and protect himself from the scorching sun outside. He will also need a well-insulated dog tent that keeps the cold away at night.
5) He has his own personal space
Dogs love their own secret haven where they can exercise their mischief. Getting them a pet tent is a good way of telling them you respect their privacy. In his own tent, your pooch is free to chew on a bone, walk around in muddy paws, or leave pet hairs all over. You also feel better that you do not have to put up with all his mischief in your own tent.
6) Ease of cleaning
Camping dog tents are smaller than normal human tents. They are easy to set up, take down, and clean. Most pet tents feature a tough fabric that is easy to clean. When you are back at home, throw the tent inside your washing machine to clean it. You do not have to spend hours scrubbing paw prints off your own tent.
5 Best Camping Dog Tents
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Best Choice Mesh Canopy Tent: Best for Summer
This pet tent looks like a cool mini-trampoline for your pup. It features a breathable fabric that ensures the comfort of your pet. You also have a canopy over the bed to protect your dog from harsh weather.
Best Choice dog camping tent features a meshed fabric that is breathable. This provides a cool resting place for your pet when it is hot. Four stands keep the tent elevated to protect your pup from anything slithering on the ground.
This pet tent mounts on a strong steel frame for durability. The canopy is detachable when the weather is overcast. It allows your dog to enjoy the fresh air as he takes in more of his surroundings.
The tent is easy to fold and pack in its own convenient carrying case. The fabric is also light and easy to clean.
For only $33, your dog will look forward to camping with you in his own tent too.
Jespet Dog Tent and Play Pen: Best for Pet-sitting
Jespet camping dog tent is an octagon-shaped outdoor pet crate your dog will love. It is spacious with two zip-down doors for easy access. The tent features eight mesh windows for air circulation. This product also comes with a meshed roof that opens with a zipper.
This camping tent has two storage compartments. This is where you keep your pet’s leash, clean-up bags, as well as treats. The walls of the tent feature high-quality seams that protect the tent from ripping.
Jespet pet tent boasts of a durable water resistant fabric. This fabric is lightweight and tough for the outdoors. It makes it easy to take down the tent when not using it. A convenient storage bag makes it easy to transport the tent.
Best Pet Supplies Cave Tent: Best for Trained dogs
This camping dog tent is fluffy and offers the best comfort. The entire tent is a mixture of corduroy, linen, and faux suede. While the interior feels silky and comfy, the outer part is tough and weather resistant.
Best Pet Supplies pet tent measures 16 by 16 by 14 inches. The tent features one opening which is the door. Not only will your dog find it easy to get it he also enjoys the privacy that comes with the tent.
The enclosed tent design provides ample shade in hot weather. The breathable fabric soothes your dog as he sleeps through the afternoon. When the tent gets dirty, toss it inside a washing machine, and that’s it. The outer corduroy fabric does not stretch when washed.
My Deal Play Pen Tent: Best for Toy Breeds
This pet tent is ideal for your beloved poodle or pug. It measures 24 x 24 x 26 inches making it compact enough for a toy breed. MyDeal camping dog tent comes with three mesh windows to keep the inside aerated.
You do not need special tools to pitch this pet tent. Pull the tent out of the bag, and it pops open. The storage case includes camping hooks to secure the tent in one place. The tent’s design feature es a roof canopy that provides enough shade for the furry munchkin below.
If you are looking for a multi-purpose tent, this is the product to go for. When folded flat, this tent acts as a pet barrier in your car. No more sudden licks on your neck when trying to overtake the car in front. The tent fabric is all-weather resistant making it perfect for the outdoors.
Yacee Camping Dog Tent: Best All-in-One Tent
If you are looking for the ideal tent that homes your pup while away, this is the product to get. Yacee pet tent features an inbuilt fleece bed that is super comfy. Your pup only needs to walk right in and take a snooze.
This pet tent has two partitions. The first side is a meshed enclosure which acts as the playpen. Your pup will enjoy goofing around the tent as he remains cool in hot weather. The meshed walls allow him to see his human family is close and know that he is not alone. The other part of the tent features a water-resistant fabric. When it gets too hot, your pup only needs to scoot to this covered side for some shade.
Yacee pet tent comes with a zippered door. This is your dog’s main entrance to his safe haven. The zipper helps keep your pup safe in the tent when you leave him behind. The walls of the tent feature quality seams that make the tent rip-resistant. The tent remains intact no matter how much your dog bites and scratches at it.
DIY Dog Tent
If you did not budget for a commercial camping dog tent, you can easily build one at the camp. You can build a DIY dog tent using simple material like wooden sticks and a piece of fabric. Find a level ground to pitch the tent in. Once erected, place a blanket inside to keep your pet warm and comfortable.
Dog Camping Accessories
Do you know what goes well with camping dog tents? An array of dog camping accessories to make your pup’s life comfortable. Here are some accessories to include in your dog’s camping budget.
Collapsible pet bowl
Your dog will need a clean bowl for feeding and drinking. A collapsible travel bowl is perfect because it is convenient to carry. Modern collapsible dog bowls feature a water-resistant interior to prevent against leaks. They also open up to two bowls that help you feed and hydrate your dog.
Dog hiking backpack
You will need a place to keep all of Bingo’s camping essentials. A dog camping backpack carries doggy treats, grooming tools, poo bags, and dog leash. You can also fold the collapsible pet bowl and tuck it in there somewhere.
Dog Camping Gear
A dog camping gear is a convenient way to ensure you have all the camping essentials your dog needs. A dog camping gear acts as a travel organizer for your dog’s camping supplies. Inside you have food storage bags that keep food fresh and tasty. You also have many pockets for storing leashes, pet medication, doggy treats, water, and first aid kit. A dog camping gear comes with readily collapsible bowls for serving your dog his meals.
Do you own an energetic dog with an adventurous backbone? Put all your worries to rest by getting a dog stake. This is a durable leash that you tie to a metal stake. The stake digs into the ground and one part of the leash attached. It helps to keep an eye on your dog while on camp.
Dog stakes come in different sizes to determine a safe roaming distance for your dog. Stakes also come in handy if you are playing with your dog. If he gets too excited, there are zero chances of him wandering off unnoticed.
More Dog Camping Tips: Leaving Your Dog at the Campsite
If you leave your dog at the campsite, you have to ensure he remains comfortable. Ensure you feed him and leave enough water to last him while you are away. It helps if you leave him with some of his best pet toys to keep him busy.
For dogs that love to wander, a playpen or stakes can help minimize their movement. If he will be in his tent for the rest of the day, leave all the windows opened. You do not want your pup to roast in the afternoon heat.
Dogs become restless or agitated when left alone for long. Some even develop a destructive habit out of loneliness. If you are going to leave your dog behind, do not go away for hours. Your pup will need you sooner to feel safe and loved again.
Going on a kayaking trip yet worried about your little buddy?
There are kayaks now available in the market that are especially designed for people who wish to take their pets along.
Most kayaks are designed in a way that it can accommodate only one person and may be a few essentials. Why it is not considered a good idea to take your dog along? Because kayaks are get unstable easily under the weight of the dog.
Pets like dogs are huge and weight a lot. On the contrary, kayaks are light in weight and often unstable, so if an animal jumps on it, the craft can tip over and drown the passengers.
- Taking the Pet Along
Before you set out to paddle with your furry buddy, here are a few things to consider:
- PFD for the dog
Well, no matter how experienced you are at kayaking, it is always advisable to keep yourself prepared for any mishaps. If you plan on taking your dog along, make him wear a personal floating device, so that in case the kayak tips over, the dog remain afloat until help reaches it.
- Getting familiar with the craft
Take your dog for a short visit to the kayak. Let him jump on and off and explore the water craft. The faster he gets familiar with it, the easier will it be for you to take him along.
- Remain closer to the shore
Like human, dogs can to get frantic upon entering new grounds. When you set out your kayak into the water, try to remain as close to the shore as possible, in case the pet gets scared and tries to jump off. In which case, the dog can swim quickly to the shore and be in safe hands.
- Stick close together
If your dog is experiencing the “kayak ride” for the first time, the idea is to stay close together. Do not allow your friend to roam around the craft, jump from a corner to another and just simply stick by. This is so the in case the dog gets scared, he may know there is someone close by, a friend to soothe him.
The idea of taking your pet along may seem an exciting one, but not always feasible to execute. If you’re planning a trip soon enough and wish to take your dog along, buy a kayak that is designed to accommodate your little buddy.
- Does your dog love kayaking?
Most dog breeds are great swimmers. They may jump in water and start paddling, looking funny and cute at the same time. Jumping into open waters I very much different from swimming in a pool. It can possess great risk hence when you take your pup out for kayaking, make sure he is trained well or else things can get ugly.
As much as you wish to take your buddy along with you in the vast waters, it is always a good idea to train them for the trip just in case to avoid any accidents or mishaps.
- How to train your dog for kayaking?
The task may not seem an easy one, but it is not entirely impossible to train your dog for kayaking. A few days of hard work and sweat, and your dog will be trained for the waters. Here is what you can do to prepare your friend for the trip down the waters:
- Wearing PDA
Experienced or not, personal floating devices should always been worn when going for kayaking. Why? Just in case the sea gets roughs and the kayak capsizes, the device will help you keep afloat. If you’re taking your dog along, make him wear a PDA so he can be kept safe from getting wet.
- Getting familiar
New things that are unknown previously to animals can make them anxious. So it is important to get them familiar with a kayak that you wish to take them on. Let the dog jump over it, walk on top of it and get familiarized. This way, when the kayak along with you and the dog will enter the water, the animal won’t get frazzled and stay on-board.
- Paddle near the shore
Animals especially dogs can be unpredictable. Watching the never ending water, dogs can get anxious and tend to jump off the kayak. This is why, if your taking your dog on a trip for the very first time, paddle near the shore so in case the pet jumps off, he can easily swim towards the shore and be safe.
- Stick close together
Keep your pup closer to yourself so even if he tends to get scared, he’ll know someone dear to him is holding him close which will of course calm down his nerves.