Getting Started Guide: Camping

Embarking on a camping adventure with your four-legged friend can transform a simple outdoor getaway into an unforgettable bonding experience. This guide provides essential tips and practical advice for ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and stress-free camping trip with your canine companion. Let's go!

Research campgrounds that allow dogs and check their rules and restrictions. Look for sites with dog-friendly amenities like trails, pet areas, or nearby

Schedule a visit to the veterinarian to ensure your dog is in good health. Update vaccinations, flea/tick prevention, and obtain any necessary medications

Set up a designated area for your dog with their bedding, water, and shade. Secure your dog's leash to a zipline or tie-out to prevent them from wandering off or getting lost. Respect campground rules and ensure your dog does not disturb other campers.

Keep your dog leashed or under control at all times to avoid encounters with wildlife or dangerous situations. Check for ticks, fleas, or any injuries on your dog regularly. Be aware of potential hazards in the camping area, such as toxic plants or steep cliffs.

Before you go, train your dog to obey basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "come" as well as “leave it” and “drop it.” Train your dog’s recall skill so they always come back to you immediately when called. Remember to keep food properly stored and check your pockets/pouches carefully for dog treats & bits, as they can attract unwanted attention from your furry forest neighbors.

Dispose of waste properly and follow campground guidelines for pet waste. Keep your dog away from wildlife, as they can be harmful to both your dog and the ecosystem. Minimize noise and disturbances to respect other campers' experience.

Protect your dog from extreme temperatures. Provide shade and water on hot days and use appropriate gear for cold weather. Keep your dog's paws safe from hot surfaces or sharp objects with dog booties.

Take your dog for hikes, walks, or swims if the area permits. Keep them on a leash where necessary. Engage in interactive play to keep your dog mentally stimulated and exercised.

Most importantly, have a great trip with your dog!

Packing list
- Ample water & dog food (include extra in case of delays) in dog-proof containers
- Travel food & water bowls
- Dog collar with ID tag
- Leash and tie-out
- Dog bedding
- Crate or tent if your dog is create-trained
- Poo bags (pack more than you think you’ll need)
- First aid kit
- Towels and cleaning wipes
- Dog toys & treats
- Flea & tick protection
- Dog safety light for nighttime visibility

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