As summer is upon us, a lot of dog owners like to go on camping trips and bring their dogs with them. While dogs are allowed at most camping grounds, the first thing you should do is to make sure that your camping site allows dogs. You can call the state park or campgrounds before you go to confirm that pets are allowed.
Below are some tips to make it a fun and stress free trip for all.
You should buy the appropriate flea medication and make sure it has been applied to your dog before you leave. Pack food bowls, food, medications, and a first aid kit for your dog. If you can fit it, bring their beds too. It’ll make for a relaxed pup. Don’t forget to bring bags to clean up after your dog too.
Always keep your dog leashed
Even if your dog is great off-leash, a new place and unknown territory can bring about unexpected responses from your dog. He or she might want to explore and not be able to find his or her way back or a loud noise could startle her and she may run.
Don’t use a flexi-lead or retractable leash. You can bring two leashes if you want, a walking one, and a slightly longer one so he or she can explore while on hikes. It’s also important for your dog’s own protection in case he or she tries to chase small animals or a large unfamiliar animal like a bear.
Watch out for your local campers
While your dog might be very friendly, not everyone you meet will be. Other dogs might not be as friendly as yours. If you run into someone else with a dog, talk to the owner and assess the body language both dogs are displaying. Having your dog leashed gives you the control to pull your dog away if a play session seems unlikely.
Reinforce commands if you need to
It’s easy for dogs to become excited in their new surroundings and they could start misbehaving. If your dog starts to disturb digs holes, or does other damage, quickly correct him or her like you would at home. Reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative behavior.
Apply flea medication on you and your dog
Remember to be consistent about applying flea and tick medication before heading out on the trip. And, of course, bring your own insect repellent. Be sure to check your dog after he or she walks in the woods for any bugs that might be on him or her. And, of course, check yourself too.=
Always clean up after your dog
Even though your dog’s waste is biodegradable, you should always clean up after him or her. Make it a point to leave the place in the same condition that you found it in. Dispose of all garbage in the trash cans and use biodegradable poop bags which can be found in many pet stores.