How to Go Camping With Your Dog
By: Jeff Noce, Voyce President
For many, camping is the ultimate summer adventure, and the perfect excuse for enjoying the great outdoors with their best four-legged friend.
If pitching a tent with your pup sounds like something you’d like to try, but you’re not exactly sure how to go about it, here are a few tips to get you started:
Is your dog the camping type?
Some dogs love being outside, sniffing unfamiliar things and going for long hikes. Others may be less energetic, but still enjoy coming along and experiencing something new. Still others may just want to spend their days on the couch in the air conditioning.
Give serious thought to the type of dog you have and whether or not he’s cut out for camping. If he’s anxious, barks at the slightest provocation, or is just a homebody, it might be best to enlist a pet sitter for the weekend.
Look for pet-friendly campgrounds.
These days, most private and public RV parks and campgrounds accept dogs. However, it’s a good idea to check before you go, just to be sure. If they are pet-friendly, look into their policies to see if there are any restrictions on breed or size. Also, what are their rules for containment and leaving your dog alone?
What to bring.
When packing for your trip, remember to include your dog’s regular food, treats, a toy or two, a first aid kit (click here to learn how to make your own), and his blanket, bed or crate. Also, although many campgrounds have water available, it’s a good idea to bring water from home for him to drink; this will help avoid gastric upset. And of course, flea and tick prevention is a must.
In addition, consider bringing the most recent copy of your dog’s vaccination records and the names of any medications they are taking. This will come in handy should you have to visit an out-of-town vet. If your dog has Voyce, you can upload this information in the Wellness Management Center and pull it up on your phone, computer or other compatible device.
Be a good neighbor.
If you’re camping in a developed campground, be courteous by keeping your dog under your control at all times and following the rules. Don’t allow him to chase wildlife, roam freely or approach people or other dogs without their permission. Take plenty of waste bags and always clean up after your pet.
Even if the campground allows you to leave your dog alone in your camper while you’re away, make sure the host or a neighbor has your cell phone number. That way, if your dog begins barking or an emergency arises, they can contact you.
Make sure tags are up to date.
Whenever you’re away from home, there’s always the possibility your dog could become lost. Help get them back quickly by ensuring that their tags and microchip have your most recent contact information. In addition, consider writing your site number on a temporary paper tag (the kind usually used as price tags) and affixing it to your dog’s collar.
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