What could be more fun than getting away from it all and sleeping under the stars with your four-legged best friend? Many dogs love the great outdoors as much as people do — and maybe even more. With a little prep and the right gear, you and your dog can look forward to an adventure. Here are our tips for camping with your dog.
Most campgrounds welcome dogs — but every park has its own set of pet policies, so check their rules and regulations before you go. For example, certain trails and beach areas might be off-limits to dogs year-round or at certain times of year. There are also often leash requirements and sometimes barking ordinances to be aware of.
Tent? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Cooler? Check. Now it’s time to get your dog ready for the big camp-out:
You’ve arrived at your campsite and are ready to settle in. But before you do, you’ll want to help your dog get used to their new surroundings. Take your dog for a short walk around the site so they can scope things out and go to the bathroom. Then, set up your dog’s bed with their favorite toy. Provide them with fresh water and food (if it’s their regular mealtime) or a few treats.
Sticking close to your dog’s regular routine for walks and mealtimes will make them feel even more comfortable in their camping home away from home. After all, a worry-free pup is a happy pup.
Keeping your dog safe and being a good camping neighbor go hand-in-hand. Here are some outdoor etiquette tips to keep in mind:
The escape of camping can be even more enjoyable with your dog at your side, and following these tips can help make your adventure safe and rewarding for both of you.