Camping is a time for catching fireflies, hanging by a campfire with friends, and enjoying the great outdoors. When taking your beloved pup camping, it is important to be prepared, especially during your dog’s first time. Here are a few things to bring on a camping trip with your dog.
ID tags, Collar, and Leash.
Make sure your dog wears their tags at all times. The tags should have a phone number that you can be reached at while camping if your dog somehow got lost. Bring a nice strong leash and collar that will hold up if your dog decides to explore. In an unfamiliar area, your dog may get scared and run away.
Many campsites have water available from a pump, but others may be hard to track down. Be sure to pack water jugs or bottles on your trip because rivers and streams are not always clean or accessible.
Food and Treats.
Even though your dog might think your human food may be delicious, it can mess up their diet. Other “foods” around your campsites, like plants and bugs, may also be enticing snacks to your pup. Stick to dog food and treats, as it will keep their stomach happy. Also, don’t forget! After feeding, you’ll want to empty your dog’s food dish of any leftover food. You do not want to attract any unwanted insects or wildlife!
Your dog may generally be a great swimmer, but always use precaution in a new area. Your pup may not be used to being in a river or lake or could even be afraid of a fish swimming near them. To keep him or her safe, it’s best to keep them in a life vest.
Even if you’re camping, you need to clean up after your dog – preferably with an eco-friendly poop bag. You need to be responsible for what your dog leaves behind at all times. Campsites are strict on this matter, so be sure to follow the rules.
First Aid Kit.
You’ll bring one for yourself, but be sure to bring first aid materials for your dog. It is key to insuring to bring first aid gel and pain medicine that is specific for pets. Another handy item to keep is foot balm to protect their paws.
This checklist can be used as an easy way to pack for your next camping trip. It is also key that you dog know basic commands of reliable recall, knowing when to leave something and, of course, to stay. If you want to insure their skills are all there before your trip, sign them up for our Day Training, Come When Called, Canyon Hikes, or Swim Safety & Fun programs and classes!