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