Going outdoor is one of those activities that all dogs love. However, if you want to make the camping trip a memorable one, you need to make some preparations first. Here is a checklist that should help you prepare your dog for your camping trip.
This is about preparing your dog for what lays ahead. You don’t have to do some extensive training or anything like that. But, you need to make sure that your dog obeys some necessary order like come here and sit here.
First of all, find a nearby dog park where you can go with your dog. Make sure that it listens to you every time you call it, especially when there are other dogs around it. Even when it is in the car, it needs to listen and obey. You don’t want your dog running around a busy road. The more commands it knows, the better. But the basic ones like stay and come needs to be obeyed without any hesitation.
Also, make sure that the dog becomes familiar with the sounds in nature, as well as with the presence of other pets that you might come across. A dog park can help you prepare your dog for all that.
There is a list of must-have supplies that are essential for the well-being of your dog. Here are the essential ones:
- Dog food and treats
- Water and collapsible water bowls
- Dog first aid kit
- Tick/flea protection
- Collar and tags
- Sleeping bag/bed
Remember that dogs don’t sweat and need water to cool down. That is why you always need to carry a collapsible water bowl when on long walks. Of course, food and snacks matter, but water is essential. In addition to all that, you might consider buying a reflective collar/leash. That way you can track your dog at night easily.
Pre-trip vet visit
It is always a good idea to check your dog’s condition before going camping. A short visit to the veterinarian will show if your dog is in excellent condition for a camping trip. In addition to that, you can make sure that their tick and flea meds are up to date.
Make sure that your dog’s documents are in order
Once the vet gives you the green light, make sure that all of your dog’s ID tags and the license is in order. Also, make sure that you carry papers about your dog’s vaccination. That’s in case something unexpected happens while camping.
An address and contact info of the nearest veterinarian
Nature can be unpredictable and dangerous, especially for city dogs. That is why you need to find the closest veterinarian in case of emergency.
Find a pet-friendly campsite
Nowadays, many campsites are pet-friendly. Nevertheless, it is for the best to check before going. In case you are surrounded by campsites that aren’t pet-friendly, which is not very likely, you can always take your dog and go backcountry camping.
Attaching a small GPS tracker on your dog’s collar is to have a peace of mind when going into the wild. That way, you can always track your furry friend. Dog’s love the outdoor and often know to wander away. Sometimes at distances where they can’t hear you calling them. That is why a GPS tracker can help you find it no matter what.
Make sure that you keep a leash/collar at hands reach
This is very important when hiking in the wild. The reason is that you might come across aggressive dogs or even wild animals that might challenge your dog. If such a situation occurs; call it, put a leash on it, and keep it close to you. That’s the only way to be sure it will be safe and not get into trouble. Especially, if it is the first trip.
If you are well prepared, covered all the basics, the odds are that you and your dog will have a blast. One successful camping trip will call for another. Soon enough all the preparations will turn into a routine and every trip a delight. Therefore, prepare well and have fun.