Today we are happy to bring you this guest post by Lisa Trent, a dog and travel lover, who currently works with Coffee Home Direct. Don’t see the connection between coffee and camping with your pet? Spend a weekend in a tent with your dog and we think you will. :-)
If plush B&B’s aren’t calling your Labrador’s name this summer, and a trip to the city spells disaster when you think of dear Fido, consider giving your dog the very best vacation gift of all: a camping trip.
Camping just might be the equivalent of heaven on earth for a dog. Think about it: they get to accompany you on every aspect of the vacation – from daily hikes, to campfire dinners, and sleeping under the stars. Camping opens up the whole wide world to your best friend. It’s as close to nature as you both can get, and your dog can have the chance to experience what it’s like to run rugged and free. Even the most pampered pooch will suddenly become valiant and larger than life when exposed to the great outdoors.
But, taking a dog camping requires careful planning to ensure that not only is the trip enjoyable for you both, but safe for your best friend as well. Here are some tips to make camping with a pet a success in every way.
1) Safety First
As with any trip, make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. You will need to bring proof of vaccinations and all medications your dog is on, as well as any preventative applications that might be helpful for the specific area you are traveling to. You can ask your vet for a complete list of everything you should bring.
Put together a simple First-Aid doggie kit with items like: ear and eye drops, tick tweezers, bandages, antiseptic, rubbing alcohol, and poison-absorb gel for pets. Finally, before taking your dog camping, make sure they have proper identification. In the rare chance your dog gets away from you, it is vital that your dog either be micro-chipped or have contact information on a tag.
2) Consider a Play Pen
When out in the wilderness, whether you’re completely off-roading it or in a campground, a pet “play-pen-area” can make the time much easier and safer. There are many options for small, folding wire pens that can give your dog plenty of room to run around. Being able to place your dog in a secure pen will allow him to enjoy the outdoors with you, while also keeping him from getting too close to the campfire.
3) Bring Familiar Items
Be sure to bring all of your pet’s familiar items like food and water bowls, toys, and perhaps a blanket or sleeping pad, if they have one. In case your dog uneasy in new surroundings, these items will help reassure him.
4) Food & Water
Camping is an opportunity for us humans to enjoy foods we don’t usually eat on a daily basis. But, it is not the time to do this to your pets! Bring along plenty of bottled water and their normal food to avoid stomach upset. If you are doing many active things, like hiking and swimming, you may find you need to feed your dog slightly more, and you should expect them to consume more water than normal.
5) Leashes and Ropes
Always bring along at least one extra leash and some rope. Chances are that you’ll need to keep your dog on a leash at all times in a campground. You can very easily create a zip line for your pets by stretching a rope between two trees and suspending a leash down. If you decide to give this a try, make sure the leash connects to a harness, not a collar. And, of course, always make sure you are watching your dog carefully.
Enjoy yourself! It’s a great opportunity for your dog to simply be a dog and go exploring. Go on as many hikes as possible – it will be good not only for your dog, but for you too. Relax, and enjoy some quiet peaceful time, connecting with nature and your best friend. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
Author bio: Lisa Trent is a dog-fanatic and freelance writer from Montana who is currently working alongside Coffee Home Direct.
Do you have any tips for camping with your pets to share?
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