Having a moment out in the wilderness with your furry best friends is a good experience, especially if you want to have some bonding moments with them. A camping trip with your pet dog comes with a lot of perks. It could be the best exercise for you and your dog since you’re outdoors and free to move around and play with them with fetch, tag, and other fun games. You could get to know your dog more, especially about how he or she would react in the wilderness. More importantly, it may provide you and your dog with a brief respite from the stresses of city life. Dogs can get sick from being with too many people too, so you’re doing them a favor by bringing them along on a hike. But before you start trudging to a dog-friendly campsite of your choice, try to consider these tips and advice to make the camping trip with your furry friends more fun and safe.

  • make sure your dogs are vaccinated. Vaccines for rabies in some states could be mandatory, but other vaccines for hepatis, leptospirosis, etc. would be encouraged as well. Especially if the campsite takes this as a requirement. Immunization could be strictly needed, especially in these pandemic times, especially for pets, so approach a health center for pets and get your buddy jabbed. Our dogs deserve the same quality of health protection as we do.
  • familiarize yourself with the campsite where you intend to spend the night. Especially if you have never been on the site. Do some research about whether the place is good to stay in, and if the place has no history of incidents, especially those that involve animals, Request some feedback and comments from people who’ve been to the place. And more importantly, be aware if the place is dog-friendly.

Make a list of everything you’ll need for your trip. Creating a list of the needs is necessary. You might need: lots of water, a first aid kit, your dog’s equipment, pet treats, toys that your dog enjoys playing with, and many more things to consider that make you and your dog fully equipped.

once you and your furry friends are all settled, you’re good to go. But when you’re on the site, you still have to be attentive to the surroundings. And never leave your dog alone and unattended. These are the things you should and could do once you and your dogs are at the campsite.

  • keep your dog on a leash. There are some campsites that keep this as a regulation. So make sure that your dog is secured. Taking your dog off leash could increase the risk of unwanted accidents. And also make sure that the leash is durable and safe.
  • Notice how your dog reacts when you walk around. Pay attention if your dog barks, whimpers, or is uneasy and find out what makes them do it so you know what to avoid doing to make your dog feel safe and secure.

Of course, never forget to have fun. Find a place where you and your dog can spend some bonding time. Play with chew toys that your dog loves to nibble on. Or give yourselves a jog around the campsite. This would be a good exercise for you and your buddy. All the energy that your dog crammed into your dog’s system due to the limited space in your home, could now be used up.

Consider giving yourself a break and giving your dog some treats and water. You can also feed them their favorite food. So make sure you bring their dog bowl. After a full day of activities at the campsite, you and your dog may be left with a grumbling stomach. So enjoy your food while having a good rest and a tranquil moment with nature.

March 19, 2022 — Jen Cold