Camping is a wonderful way to experience a whole new world with your puppy. Your dog will experience new sounds, new smells, and new sights that will stimulate and fascinate them. If your pup loves going for walks, hiking will absolutely change their life! They will light up as they explore an entirely new world, full of new challenges and excitement. But camping isn’t the same as being at home, in a myriad of ways.
Preparation is undeniably wise and will allow your pup to be accepted and even loved at your campsite instead of merely being tolerated. Understand your dog’s limits, respect the rules of the camp, and be considerate of other campers at all times! Before your take your pup on an RV or tenting trip, check out our tips to prepare yourself and your pup for your adventure.
Planning Your Camping Trip
Allow your dog to experience your RV or tent before the trip – if possible, even try an overnight or weekend trip close to home before attempting a longer trip. Your pup will appreciate it if you bring their comfort items from home. Whether they have a favorite toy or always sleep on the same pillow or dog bed, including that in your trip will help your dog by providing familiarity.
Plan to keep your dog on a leash in all public places, for their own safety and the comfort of others. While traveling to your campsite, plan for regular stops to allow your dog time to eat, drink, exercise, and use the bathroom. When you do stop during travel be aware of the environment! If the space is loud or busy, allow your dog time to get used to the location before expecting them to feel comfortable.
Medical and Environmental Questions
Research emergency vet care near your campsite and educate yourself about local environmental concerns like insects, plants, or wildlife that could be problematic for your pup. Prepare your pet for ticks by bringing a tick-removing tool and a flea and tick repellant or shampoo. Consider packing a de-skunk kit as well, just in case!
If your pup is not used to campfires, especially if you don’t regularly have campfires in a familiar and comfortable setting for your dog, then keep a close eye. In addition, unless you already have built-up experience with your dog on hikes in remote terrain, don’t plan to take your dog into the wilderness. Many locations don’t allow it due to the increased risk of extreme terrain and meeting dangerous wildlife.
Training For Your Campsite
Before attempting a camping or RV trip, you will want your dog trained and used to new sounds. If you are hiking, you will want them comfortable obeying commands and walking well on a leash.
If you have not quite prepared for an RV or tenting adventure, consider booking a few sessions with a qualified trainer to make sure your pup is ready to be a good canine citizen in a brand new environment. Trainers are always delighted to take your dog from good to truly great!
Equipment for Your Pup
There is some amazing gear designed specifically for dogs on camping trips. Check out these innovations in canine camping – you might find the perfect equipment for your upcoming trip!
- Hiking backpack
- Paw protectors
- Rain/cold weather gear
- Canine life jacket
- Reflective vest or collar
Explore the World Together
Carefully preparing for your RV or tenting adventure will guarantee that you and your pup have an incredible adventure. Your bond will deepen as you stretch your comfort zone and learn to embrace new experiences together! If you are looking for additional tips or want to speak with a trainer to ensure your pup is ready for camping, contact us today!