A guide to camping with your dog

By Jessica Kelly

We all love camping. It can be incredibly rewarding to spend time in the great outdoors, away from everyday life and responsibilities. But what’s a great way to make a camping trip even better? Adding a pet into the mix! Camping with your dog can be an exciting new addition to your adventure, but if you need some tips on the best way to go about this, look no further.

 

A guide to camping with your dog

 

Find suitable campsites

First thing’s first, you’ll need to find a dog-friendly campsite. There are plenty of sites with dog-friendly areas, so check them out in advance before you book anything.

Also, make sure the site has amenities which suit your furry friend’s needs; such as easy to access water outlets, as well as bins in order to get rid of doggy waste bags. If you’re camping near a beach, make sure there are no restrictions on where you can take your dog – the last thing you want is to get there and have nowhere to go! National Parks and forests are usually quite flexible when it comes to dog camping, but always check the rules before planning in full.

 

Prep for the journey

If you’re driving, make sure it’s comfortable for your dog, especially if it’s a long journey.

Plan stops which last for at least 15 minutes (ideally 30), for every 3 hours of driving you do, and pack plenty of food and water. Make sure you don’t feed them too much, though – you don’t want to be stopping off more than you need to!

It’s also probably not a good idea to blast loud music in the car either, you want your dog to be relaxed and calm upon arrival, not worked up – especially if you’re arriving at your site late in the evening when neighbours are wanting to wind-down.

 

A guide to camping with your dog

 

Make the most of the exercise

We all know how important it is to keep active and healthy, and this also applies to your dog too.

83% of vets are reporting an increase in the number of overweight pets being brought to see them, so it’s definitely a growing problem (source: Direct Line). Embarking on a camping adventure can be a great way to switch things up and get your dog the exercise they need, with space to roam in the great outdoors.

Put aside at least an hour a day whilst you’re away to get the exercise in, whether that’s heading out for a hike, running along the beach, or playing fetch in one of the local fields. Plus, you might find other campers with their own dogs, so you can buddy up and take them out together – fun!

 

Pack efficiently

Taking a dog camping with you is like taking children in many ways; it’s another mouth to feed and another character to think about during your trip. With this in mind, it’s important to pack efficiently so you can make the most of your time away.

Above all, make sure you pack enough supplies to clean up properly after your pooch – the last thing you want is to run out in the middle of nowhere! If you have a tent, try a quick-pitch one so the dog doesn’t get impatient waiting. Also, if you get it up quickly, it means your dog can familiarise themselves with the smell in enough time before relaxing for the evening.

And of course, pack enough supplies such as food, water, and clean towels to clean those muddy paws (and the rest!), as well as something that’s comfortable enough for them to sleep in. But remember not to overfeed them – you don’t want to be getting up at all hours in the night to let them out, or to make them sleepy and sluggish before an adventurous day.

Last but not least, make sure you have a first aid kit, even if it’s a basic one for any paw-related cuts. And check with your vet if you’re travelling anywhere you’re uncertain about, or if you have any questions on them sleeping with you in a tent or camper van.

 

 

Camping with your pup is a great idea – it’s a fresh new way to enjoy the great outdoors, and get your pooch out and about exercising with you. Plus, it could be the adventure of a lifetime, depending on how far afield you go!

 

Guest Author at Kelly Media Consultancy

Jessica Kelly is a freelance writer based in the UK, writing on a range of subjects including lifestyle, small business, and transport. When she’s not writing she can be found curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.

28 thoughts on “A guide to camping with your dog

  • May 23, 2020 at 10:47 am
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    There is some really sound and sensible advice for those people who are planning to camp with their dogs. Animal welfare is so important.

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  • April 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    I agree 1000% with you on picking the right spot! Making sure your dog exercises is a great idea too. We had a husky growing up and she would get in to all sorts of mischief if she didn’t get out and play!

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  • April 5, 2020 at 3:31 pm
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    I’m bookmarking this, we have two dogs that we will be bringing with us when we go camping! Great info that I’m probably not going to remember when we go later this year. Gotta bookmark! lol

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  • April 5, 2020 at 6:58 am
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    I’m thinking of getting a dog soon but I haven’t gone camping with any dogs yet. These tips would be very helpful for me for the future because I’m sure we will at some point decide to try heading out there with the dog.

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  • April 5, 2020 at 2:20 am
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    Nice tip about stopping frequently. We tried camping with our dog, but he was a nervous Ned and couldn’t handle it. Hopefully, our next dog will enjoy camping.

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  • April 5, 2020 at 1:51 am
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    Dogs are really good pets. They are your best pals at most times. Camping with them would be great fun too.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 10:29 pm
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    It must be very good to go hiking and camping with a dog. You are just bound to have a great time.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 10:27 pm
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    These are really nice tips for camping with a dog. I think campers who have dogs would really love the information shared here.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm
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    I don’t have a dog because I travel very often, but I plan to adopt one next year. I’d love to take my dog camping, and your tips are very helpful. Camping is a great way to get a dog exercise while exploring nature.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 12:16 pm
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    This is such a sweet post. I love travelling, but when I did that I missed my cat a lot. I was always thinking about how could I bring her with me. She past away last month, so I have only the thought now …

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  • April 4, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    I don’t have a dog because of the trips, I travel often, and most of all by plane. But if I had a dog, I’d like to take it to camp with me. It is a great companion. Unfortunately, not all trails and camping are animal friendly, so it’s always worth checking if you can go with a dog for a hike. These are great tips for dog owners.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 7:28 am
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    We’re hoping to take our dog camping for the first time this summer (social distancing permitting!) so these tips are really handy! Thank you for sharing!

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  • April 4, 2020 at 6:13 am
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    I am very new in camping and these guidelines are very helpful. For now, we have a Siamese cat, not sure if she is fit for camping. I wish we have a dog so active that we can tag during camping trips.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 2:25 am
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    Camping with a dog is an awesome idea and a wonderful experience. Aww I miss my dog for this post 🙁

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  • April 4, 2020 at 2:01 am
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    It sounds like fun to camp with your dog. And maybe offers some extra protection, too.

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  • April 4, 2020 at 1:49 am
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    These are great tips on camping with your dog! I personally don’t own a dog but many of my friends do and are always asking me the best way to camp or backpack with them! I will definitely have to remind them that having a dog is perhaps worse than a child with the need for stops but that may be a better factor cause it would get you to stop and enjoy your surroundings better.
    One big question people ask about camping with your dog is what do you do to keep them safe from bugs and especially ticks or chiggers?

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  • April 4, 2020 at 1:19 am
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    You know what, when we hike.. having a dog with us makes me feel more comfortable as they make it looks easy. Do you feel that too?

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  • April 3, 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    Thank you for sharing. I will keep these tips in mind if I ever decide to go camping.

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  • April 3, 2020 at 6:28 pm
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    Aww such great tips! Hoping to add a fur baby to the family soon. This would be fun!

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  • April 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm
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    I think these are great tips for when we go road tripping with my dog. It’s a daunting thought to even think of.

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  • April 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm
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    I will share this with my sister, she has a dog and loves camping with the family

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  • April 3, 2020 at 3:31 pm
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    Ah! Our dog would have loved to go camping. So much fun for them!

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  • April 3, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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    We don’t have a dog but if we did these tips would be super helpful. We have family members that bring their dogs with them everywhere. Such great companions.

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  • April 3, 2020 at 10:16 am
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    Reading this makes me wish I had a dog, just so I could take them camping! That makes me sad, and a little angry to read about overweight dogs. Getting out and about, and getting some much needed exercise is beneficial for them and the owners too.

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  • April 2, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    Sadly I am allergic to dogs otherwise we would definitely get one. My daughter is so bummed that we can’t. But we do have friends with pets so when we go camping, they bring them along and my daughter gets her fill. These are great tips and I’ll be sending this info to them!

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  • April 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm
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    Our son goes camping with his dog all the time. But then he goes almost everywhere with his dog! The exercise the dog gets when they are out in the woods is certainly keeping them both healthy. And always fun when they camp with other people with dogs. I am always amazed at how social the dogs can be. Great reminder about checking the paws after camping. And maybe for other bugs they might have picked up. Man’s best friend certainly deserves a camping treat too!

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  • April 2, 2020 at 8:58 pm
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    Currently we don’t have a dog to go camping with, this post makes me miss having one! We used to have a beautiful German Shepherd. He was such a good dog!

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