If you’re anything like me, you’ll surely want to bring your four-legged companion along on all of your adventures, including camping trips. Spending time with our dog makes us and them happy.
It also has several advantages. You’re bettering your relationship with your pet by giving them the things that will keep them safe and mentally healthy. When you try your best, your puppy will also help you staying healthy and honing your social skills.
Before you buy the best outdoor dog gear, learn these dog-friendly camping trips to make your trip more enjoyable.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Before a fun camping trip with your furry best friend, there is a lot of planning needed to guarantee a healthy and pleasant camping experience for both you and your dog. Checking with the campground on their pet policies and regulations is part of planning ahead. Do these planning:
- Take the dog to the doctor for a check-up.
- Get a campsite reservation as early as possible, especially during peak season.
- Choose a hiking path that lets you and your canine friend take rests.
- Train your dog to behave in front of other people and their pets.
- Purchase essential dog gear for camping, such as appropriately sized harnesses and collars.
Take a Photo of Your Dog
You probably already have an album full of dog photos, like most pet owners. However, take one before your camping trip if your dog gets lost, and you need assistance locating them.
Make sure that the photo is clear. Take the shot in natural light if possible. Make a point of photographing some identifying characteristics, such as distinctive spots and marks. Make a copy of the picture and carry it with you when camping.
Don’t Leave Your Doggo Alone
Never leave your doggo alone while hiking. Just because you’ve trained your doggo to behave, you can’t leave your pup alone thinking that it’ll act the same with other dogs or people.
Be sure you have an eye on your dog when they’re playing at some pet areas or at the dog park to keep them healthy and enjoy a good time.
Be Careful from Allergies
Outdoor infections and allergies are bad for dogs, just like humans. If they’re sneezing, itching, or whizzing, they’re probably suffering from seasonal allergies or have an ear infection.
Consult your veterinarian in these cases, and try your utmost to keep the dog clear of high-pollen areas. Also, look out for dangers from wildlife or poisonous plant life.
Try Dog-Friendly Activities
If you’re taking your pup on your trip, you probably love having time together. Plan for plenty of dog-friendly recreational activities to make your trip more enjoyable.
The following are some of the better dog-friendly camping activities:
- Walking in the trails.
- Walking by the ocean.
- Going out on a kayak.
- Visiting the city parks
- Having a dinner outside
- Playing games outside
Keep in mind that you can’t take your pup everywhere, even if you want to. Pets are not permitted in many state and national parks, beaches, private trails, and retail and dining establishments. So, do your research before leaving home.