If you are planning a family vacation and want to take your furry friend with you, camping is the perfect choice. Camping is a fun, low-cost vacation that is ideal for you, your children, and, of course, your dog.
If you haven’t been camping with your dog before, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about your upcoming trip. But there is no need to worry, camping with your dog is a fantastic experience.
However, to help make your first trip to a campsite with your fluffy friend a little less stressful, here are a few tips:
Check vaccinations are up to date
Before booking your trip, make sure to check that all your dog's vaccinations are up to date. Campsites - especially farm ones, often have many diseases lingering in the dirt. So it’s important to make sure your pup is properly protected from them all.
If you are unsure about your dog's vaccinations, call your vet and find out. If they are overdue, just make sure to have them done a week or so before your trip.
Pack a puppy first aid kit
As well as the first aid kit you will no doubt, need for your kids, it’s also important to pack one for your dog. Just like people, dogs can get cuts and wounds, so it’s important that you have what you need to take care of them.
If you are staying on farmland, it might also be a good idea to include tick tweezers in your doggy first aid kit, just in case.
Choose a dog-friendly campsite
It sounds like an obvious one, but it’s far too easy to make the mistake of presuming that all campsites allow dogs. Sadly, that’s not the case; there are some campsites where your furry friend won’t be allowed. So before booking a pitch, make sure to check that your chosen campsite is dog-friendly.
If you are planning on staying for more than a day or two, it’s also a good idea to check whether the campsite has doggy cleaning facilities. Some campsites have on-site dog parlors, ideal for giving your mucky pup a clean, before going home.
Pack a travel crate
If your pet is normally created at home, it makes sense to bring along a travel version of his crate for him to relax in.
You can pick dog travel crates up fairly cheaply at rosyandrocky.com online pet supplies store. Alternatively, you could also pick up a travel crate from your local pet store.
Invest in travel bowls and bottles
Instead of taking your pups regular bowls with you, invest in one or two collapsible travel bowls and bottles. These are cheap to buy and lightweight, so easy to pack into your rucksack if you fancy going on a hike while you are away.
As long as you are properly prepared and have everything you need, taking your dog camping can be a lot of fun. Just make sure to check that your dog is all up to date with his vaccinations and don’t forget to pack the puppy first aid kit.