Camping With Your DogThu, April 25, 2013,
Summer is just around the corner and that means camping season is almost here! Dogs love many sights, sounds and smells outdoors, but before you trek into the wilderness with your dog there are some things to consider first.
- Before planning the trip make sure your camping destination allows pets as pets are prohibited in many state and national parks.
- Current shots and vaccinations should be up to date, especially rabies. Camping can also mean increased exposure to fleas, and ticks, as they are more prevalent in the woods. It’s a good idea to apply flea and tick preventative on your dog.
- Have proper ID tags on your dog with your dogs name, your name and your address and phone number. Microchips, tattoos and pet registries are great as well.
- Don’t forget the dog bowls, food, and lots of water. Always remember to clean up any leftover food from your dog to prevent other animals and insects from being attracted to your site. Collapsible dishes are great for camping because they take up little space and are easy to store in a backpack when hiking.
- Be sure to respect other campers and make your dog mind its business. In other words, make sure your dog doesn’t wander over to nearby campsites.
- Also be sure to pick up after your dog just as you would in the city. Other campers don’t want to see the mess.
- If the bugs are bothering you, chances are your dog is being bothered even more. Bug bites are not only irritating, but too many of them can cause your dog to be sick. Keep your dog protected from insects.
- Many people allow their dogs to sleep in the tent with them, however if you choose to forgo this option there are tents made for dogs. It’s important to remember that if you do leave your pet outside they are vulnerable to wild animals.
- Always evaluate whether you should take your dog camping. If your dog barks a lot then camping might not be the best match. The barking can disrupt wildlife and nearby campers. It could also attract other animals so be aware and decide accordingly if your dog should accompany you!
Camping can be one of the greatest adventures for your dog and help create a stronger bond between you and your pet, but it’s important to plan ahead! Be sure to grab a Chicken Wrapped Biscuits Jar to bring with you!