Should you take your dog camping? Simple and Effective Tips

Take a Picture of Your Dog

Most dog owners have several albums full of dog pictures, but be sure to take one before your camping trip just in case your dog gets loose, and you need help finding them. Make sure the picture is clear and straight on, preferably taken in natural lighting. Be sure to photograph any distinguishing features as well, including unique spots and markings. Print out a copy of the photo and keep it on you while you are camping.

How Do I Prevent My Dog from Puncturing My Sleeping Pad?

A frequent question I see asked is keeping your dog from puncturing your sleeping pad. We have never had this happen, likely for a few reasons. First, we keep our dogs’ nails trimmed regularly.

Second, we try not to allow them on top of our sleeping pads without the sleeping bag on top. This provides a barrier between their claws and the sleeping pad. Lastly, and most importantly, we never invite them to play inside the tent. The biggest threat to sleeping pads are sharp teeth.

That said, since Laila is still a puppy we do keep a stuffy toy with us at all times. This way, if she starts to get mouthy, we can offer her something she is allowed to bite if she becomes playful. If you know that your dog gets excited first thing in the morning, then bring a toy inside, just in case.

Our go-to sleeping pad is the Therm-a-Rest Pro Trail. It’s slightly heavier, but the extra few ounces are worth it to us for a durable pad. We’ve used ours probably 100 or more times and have never had an issue. They’re still going strong and are super comfortable and warm.

Things You Should Know Before Taking Your Dog Camping

  • Bring a leash and tie-out—a long cable line, like this—for your dog. Dogs must not be left unattended at any time. You can use a tie-out or an exercise pen in your campsite. Otherwise, your dog should be leashed and with you at all times. Dogs should not wander the campgrounds and they should never be left unattended. Tie-outs should be secured in the ground or around sturdy trees. Be sure your dog has access to water and shade. For inexperienced dogs, provide a chew or interactive toy so they don’t become restless or disruptive while tied.
  • If your dog is crate-trained, try bringing his crate along, at least for the first few trips. This will give your dog a guaranteed secure and safe place to sleep at night. Another option? Designate a towel, blanket, or chair for your dog to call his “place.” Use these places to rest during downtime or at night.
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