Camping With Furry Friends
Make sure you have picked a dog-friendly campsite – this may sound super obvious, but not every site is welcoming to your furry friends. Outrageous, we know!
Travel – make sure your pet is comfortable with travelling.
Take plenty of towels - you will need all of them. And more.
Do a dummy run – if your dog has never been camping with you before, try taking them to open countryside for them to get a feel. It is also a good idea to pitch the tent before your holiday and let your dog familiarise itself.
Training – practice with whistles and calling your dog to make sure he will come when told to and stay when demanded, before you set off for your trip. This is going to make everyone less stressed and ensure your fury friend doesn’t get lost.
A heath check – make sure your dog is fully up to date with health checks and has recently been wormed. Remember to take your pets health records with you just in case.
Daily checks – while camping, check your dog daily for ticks, bites or splinters.
Collar up – make sure to invest in a collar with your name, address and phone number for your dog to wear each day
Secure your pouch at night – dogs will make a great watchman, but you also don’t want them running after every squirrel and fox about, as there will be plenty, so make sure your dog is completely secure and safe while you sleep.
Think noise – dogs can often be louder than any humans, and unfortunately tent canvas isn’t noise blocking. Make sure your dog isn’t going to upset any neighbouring campers and is well behaved.
Keep it clean – remember to scoop the poop! Just because you're in the countryside doesn’t mean you are off poop duty.
Routine – the trick to a happy camping trip with your pouch is to keep their routine as similar as possible. Try to stick to your at-home feeding routine.
Never leave our dog unattended – especially locked in a tent.
Doggie packing list
Collar (with your contact number)
Leads (extendable ones are advisable, particularly if you’re at a campsite where dogs must be kept on a lead)
Food (and water if your campsite is without a standpipe)
A dog tent/portable cage if he/she is small
His/her favourite rug or basket
Rope/sturdy anchor to tether your dog at night/while you’re cooking or eating.
Energy for plenty of walks!