Camping With Your Dog
1. Make sure you bring your dog's (puppy's) proof of
vaccinations rabies tag with you when you are camping. It is probably NOT a good
idea to take them camping with you until he has had at least three sets of puppy
2. Carry emergency information not only for your family, but
also for your pet. If you should become injured the authorities will need
to contact someone to care for your dog.
3. Talk to your vet about camping and ask whether he or she
thinks your puppy needs to be vaccinated for Lyme Disease. While you are
talking with them, ask about what you should keep on hand as a "doggie first
4. Flea-tick control. Advantage is excellent for fleas but does
not get ticks. Frontline does a good job on both. These are both once a month
applications. Some of the other products like Revolution and Sentinel are taken
internally instead of applied to the skin. Also make sure that you keep up his
heartworm prevention program. Many people now give heartworm preventative
5. Crate training is excellent. Fold up wire
"suitcase" crates are the most versatile for travel, since you can put
them in your tow vehicle, take them in a motel room, put them in the camper.
When riding in the car, have your dog (puppy) ride in his crate. That way is you
have to slam on the brakes suddenly, they won't become a missile that could fly
into the windshield. Also prevents the dog from darting out the vehicle when you
stop, during unloading, loading, etc. And if you stop somewhere you can open the
windows, park in the shade, and leave him secure in his crate.
6. Puppy classes are great for socialization and basic manners.
Keep it up. Continue on with obedience classes as your dog gets older.
7. Learn to use plastic bags for poop pickup. Use the bags from
the supermarket, newspaper wrappers, or sandwich bags. Commercial bags are
available that attach to your leash or are compacted into small easily carried
"pills", which are my personal favorite. Insert your hand in the bag, pick up the offending
matter, turn the bag inside out and toss it in the trash. Keep a supply of
plastic baggies in your car, PU, camping gear, pockets, etc.
8. Make sure your dog is always wearing a collar with current
contact information on it. If possible make a tag for each trip with the
name and phone number of the campground you are staying. You may want to
think of buying a "traveling collar". This could have more
specific contact information for your dog. If you camp in remote areas
(like dispersed camping in a National Forest) you
may even consider a "blaze orange" collar for visibility.
9. Get your dog tattoed and microchipped
as soon as possible. Remember to register the chip or tattoo. This will really
help if your dog gets lost--especially when you are far from home. Keep photos
of your dog with you so that if he does get lost, you'll be prepared to make
fliers right away.
10. If you do nothing else, teach a reliable, offlead recall NOW.
You never know when they might get away from you and you will need to call them
11. Get a flexi-lead--the retractable lead that let the dog run
out (some as far as to 26 ft.) and then run back to you. Great for those long
walks. Dog gets to walk 2 to 3 times farther than you do!!!! But if you
use them on hikes make sure your dog does not get out of your sight.
Remember, there may be another hiker around that corner that you cannot
see. Remember, in most areas law limit leashes to 6 feet in public areas
which may include the hiking trail you are on.
12. Remember that dark colored dogs overheat more quickly than
light colored dogs and that dogs don't sweat. A dip in a pond or a quick hosing
down with cool water (or even misting water over the head, neck back, and belly)
will help cool an overheated dog. If you hike with your puppy remember that he
cannot go as far as an adult dog can and that you need to watch him for
overheating. Take plenty of water along for the dog to drink and to pour over
him if need be.
13. Remember that not everyone is a "dog
person". Do not allow your dog to approach someone unless they
consent to it.
14. Ask campgrounds what their pet rules are when making
reservations. Many campgrounds have prohibitions on pets and others may
limit the size of dogs they will allow.
15. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Even a well
behaved dog may run off at the sight or scent of other animals.
Additionally, don't let your dog chase wild animals/game. Remember, it is
their home you are visiting - please respect it.