Camping With Your Dog the First Time

Before you adopted your dog, you probably daydreamed about taking him on fun camping trips. Now that the weather is cooling down outside it's time to fit in your first dog camping trip while you still can. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Find a Dog-friendly Camp Site

Not all camp sites allow dogs. If you don't do your research ahead of time, you may drive all the way to your camp only to discover dogs aren't allowed, and find yourself kicked out or even fined. Luckily, it's easy to find the right dog-friendly camp sites using online directories like this one.

Bring the Right Dog Essentials

Even if you like to pack light for a camping trip, you can't skip the important dog essentials when bringing your pup along. Here are a few things you will need:

  • Enough dog food and filtered water
  • Collapsible dog bowls and water bottle
  • Dog backpack
  • Small blanket or sleeping bag (a kid's sleeping bag works great for dogs) 
  • First Aid Kit including tweezers, vet-approved pain reliever (most human pain relievers are not safe for dogs), antibacterial ointment, and bandages

Follow Good Dog Camping Etiquette

Always be mindful of other campers and hikers. Clean up after your dog and keep your dog from wandering into other camp sites. Keep your dog leashed unless he has been trained to stay right by your side and responds immediately to the "Come!" command.

Bringing your dog camping is one of the joys of dog ownership and can really help you bond. By following these tips, you'll ensure your first camping trip with your dog is fun and stress-free.

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