11 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camping Tips For Your Small Dog

Camping with your dog(s) can be a great experience. Photo courtesy larrygindoff, Flickr

Camping with your dog(s) can be a great experience. Photo courtesy larrygindoff, Flickr

“This is so fun mom and dad. I love the outdoors! Woof!”

Summer is the best time of the year to get out and explore natural areas, and what better way to do this than with your fur baby(s)? Here are some great camping tips for your small dog that will make the trip enjoyable, safe, and fun.

Camping Tips For Your Small Dog

So you want to try “ruffing” it with your dog this summer, huh? Good for you! Camping with your dog is a terrific way to get out into the great outdoors and appreciate nature with your best furry friend. Camping takes some planning, though, and this is especially true if you’re including your dog in the fun. Here are a few tips to consider before you pack up the car, truck or RV, and head out of town.


Will My Dog Have a Good Time?

Some dog breeds are practically born to camp, hike and explore the outdoors (think Labrador Retrievers). Some dogs prefer to kick back in a nice, air-conditioned house. You know your dog’s temperament and physical abilities best, so before you become gung-ho on including your dog on your camping trip no matter what, stop and think about whether camping would be a good experience for him.


Take this short quiz to help you out. Answer “yes” or “no” to the following:

1. My dog loves new sights, smells, sounds and experiences, and loves to be outdoors.
2. My dog is relatively quiet and not “barky,” or can be quieted easily.
3. My dog obeys when instructed to sit, stay and lie down.
4. My dog is not aggressive with people or animals.
5. My dog is in good health.


If you answered “yes” to all five of the questions, you’re likely good to go! If you answered “no” to any of these questions, consider whether or not you and your dog might be happier on a different type of vacation, or even a “staycation.”


Know Before You Go

Whether you’re pitching your tent at a state, national or private park, or pulling your RV into a KOA, each campground and park has its own policy on bringing pets. Contact the campground or park by phone or email, or visit their website for more details. Many places have strict rules regarding where a pet can camp out — for instance, some don’t allow dogs in cabins, or will require that your dog be inside a tent or car during the night. Some parks will specifically say where pets can and cannot roam, including beaches, playgrounds, bathing areas or concession stands. Each location also has its own rules for doggie conduct, so be sure to check those out, too. Read more about Dogs and Camping in Camping With Your Canine: Essential Tips and Tricks for Ruffin’ It here.

Now that you have some helpful advice on camping tips for your small dog it’s time to get out there and explore before the season ends! Be sure to plan ahead and pack the right essentials for your dog, especially their food, water, and a first-aid kit. Bring your camera and record your memories!

What about you?

Where do you take your dog(s) camping?

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“Camping Is Fun With Dogs!”