There are those days when you want some time alone but you really need a companion. In such cases, you can spend some time with your best friend- your dog. If you are planning to take your dog out on a camping activity, the best place would be somewhere which you haven’t explored before. Basically, just like you, your dog will love new sights and places to explore. However, before you actually take your dog out, you have to be prepared. Below are some things that you should consider when camping with your furry buddy:
a. Before your camping trip, make sure that you have made a pre-traveling vet visit. This will ensure that your dog is fit for traveling and for exploring outdoors. When checking with your dog’s veterinarian, make sure that your dog will have all the appropriate shots and vaccination needed particularly the Lyme disease vaccine. Do not forget to get a rabies tag that you can attach to your dog’s collar.
b. Before you set out on your trip, make sure that your dog has a proper license matched with an appropriate ID tag. Make sure that your dog’s tag has your name, contact numbers, and residential address. You can also try having temporary tags that will carry your name along with your prospect camping site.
c. When going outdoors with your dog, make sure that you bring a copy of the prescriptions provided by the veterinarian. Make sure that you don’t forget the medications.
d. Determine how you are going to travel with your dog. If you are going to take public utility vehicles or rented cars, you should consider using a crate during the travel. However, do not forget to bring the dog’s collars and restraints for short walks wherever such is appropriate.
e. Do not forget to pack for your dog. Make sure that you bring a lot of food and water for him. To make sure that no problems occur, bring the actual food and drinking bowl of your dog. Make sure that you follow the dog’s usual feeding routine and schedule.
f. If you are bringing a puppy, make sure that you don’t forget his dog brush and his chew toy. Otherwise, your tools and your camping gear might be his next toy.
g. Do not forget to bring extra dog equipment such as extra food bowls, extra leashes, and extra collars. Keep in mind that anything can happen on your camping trip including losing some pet items.
h. Never forget to pack a first aid kit for your dog, Bring a towel as well. Before heading to the camping site, check if there is a veterinarian or pet hospital nearby. Make sure that you know how to get there from the point of your camping site.
i. Before anything else, make sure that campers are really allowed to bring their pets in the camping site. There are some camping sites where pets can only roam around in certain areas. Most of the time, pets are not allowed in national parks.
j. During the actual camping activity, make sure that you can control your dog at all times. Never leave him alone. If you do, keep him inside the crate or on a leash. Make sure that the dog does not bark so frequently to the point that it will disturb other campers. Make sure that you dispose your dog’s wastes properly.