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10 Things to Know Before You Take Your Dog Camping

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Camping can be a blast when you prepare well and have a plan for how you’re going to spend your time in the wilderness. If you’re looking to bring your pup with you the next time you sleep under the stars, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Health Check

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Before you take a dog with you on a camping trip, get a preliminary health check-up for them. The last thing you want to do is have exposure to nature reveal a medical issue you were unaware of. This could both cut your trip short and potentially harm your dog!

Find a Campground

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Next up, find a campground you want to go to that allows pets. Remember, not all public campgrounds are okay with people bringing their dogs. Be respectful of these rules! Never try to sneak a dog onto a campground that doesn’t allow them. You could get fined and kicked out.

Learn the Rules

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Review the campground’s rules before you arrive. Are there designated areas where you can have your dog off their leash? Are there quiet hours you’ll need to observe? You also need to be aware of any breed or size restrictions, as well as the limit on the number of dogs you can bring.

Learn the Dangers

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Familiarize yourself with any dangers local to the campground you’ve picked out. Natural hazards like landslides, quicksand, and toxic plants are things you should know about. Likewise, be aware of any dangerous animals, like bears, that live near the campground.

Trial Run

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Before you take your dog camping with you for real, give them a trial run. Try “camping” in the backyard with your tent and see if your dog does well staying with you in a simulated camping environment. If they’re struggling in the backyard, consider leaving them home on your next trip.

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What to Pack

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Depending on the nature of the campground, you’ll need to pack a few different things. For instance, you might want a harness for hiking, a sleeping bag, a reflective collar, a crate for them to sleep in, a life jacket, and a stake and long lead to allow them to explore the campsite.

Respect Fellow Campers

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Don’t let your dog run around off their leash on the campground. This could annoy fellow campers and could even lead to altercations with other dogs. Also, make sure to keep their barking to a minimum, especially at night. Other people are trying to enjoy their vacations, too!

Where Can They Sleep?

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Make sure you’ve got a spot for your dog to sleep. They might want to sleep in your tent with you, or they might need their own sleeping bag. Consider the weather, too! If it’s cold, they’re going to need to bundle up with you in your tent.

Read More: The Pros and Cons of Letting Your Dog Sleep in Bed with You

How to Handle Being Apart

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If you have a camping activity slated that your dog can’t come along for, make a plan for someone to watch them while you’re gone. You can’t just leave your pup tethered at the campsite or in your tent! Ask a friend who came on the trip to watch them or make plans to take them to a dogsitter for a few hours.

Read More: 10 Ways Your Dog Is Trying to Say “I Love You”

Have Fun

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Most of all, make sure you have fun! Some dogs are natural athletes who love being outdoors. They’ll have a blast going camping with you, and it might become your new favorite way to bond with your dog! Just make sure you do your research and come prepared.

Read More: 5 Things to Do If Your Dog Runs Away

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