Camping With Dogs: The Ultimate Guide


Heading out into the wilderness to camp is a great experience and one that every dog owner will want to share with their pet. Dogs love the outdoors, it’s where they feel most alive and they will be chomping at the bit to get into the great outdoors with you. While you certainly won’t need to convince your canine to go camping with you, it’s important that you take the time to prepare properly to ensure that you both stay safe, comfortable and are readyfor your trip. 

Before you start getting your dog ready for their camping trip, be sure to finish packing for you and the rest of your human campmates first. Once you have your tent, sleeping bags, food and other supplies packed and ready-to-go, you need to turn your attention to your dog. Whether you are camping for just one night, or you are embarking on a multi-day adventure, it’s important that you take the time to prepare everything that you will need to keep you and your pup comfortable and safe throughout the trip. 

Continue reading to learn how you can ensure that you and your dog have a great time on your next camping trip together.

Choose The Right Campsite

While a lot of campsites are dog-friendly, not all are, so it is important to check in advance. Some breeds might require a muzzle or have to comply with other regulations to be allowed on the campsite and being aware of these issues in advance will help you to manage the situation better. Take some time to explore different campsites and find a solution that can accommodate you and your pet without any issues. 

Ensure Proper Training 

Going camping with your pet is very different from hanging out together at home or at the local park. When you’re out in the great outdoors, there are a lot of other things you need to consider such as other campers, children, wildlife and natural hazards that will be prevalent in the outdoors. Before you take your dog camping, it’s crucial that they are well-trained and that they respond to you when you call them. Being able to control your dog will make the experience much more enjoyable for you and your pooch. 

Be Considerate

When you’re camping with your dog, you need to be considerate of other campers, hikers, cyclists and anyone else enjoying the outdoors. You should be able to keep your dog quiet when necessary as other campers might not appreciate early or late-night barking sessions. It’s also wise to clean up after your dog when you’re both on the campsite and off-site. The last thing you want is to get a reputation for not cleaning up after your pup and end up being told off by other campers or being issued a fine. 

Bring The Right Supplies

Just like you, your dog will need plenty of supplies to get them safely through your outdoor adventure together. Be sure to pack enough food for the duration of your trip, and if you will be getting off the beaten path, be sure to bring enough water too. If your dog is on any medication, be sure to pack the right medication, along with any items you might need to administer their medicine. Finally, a long extendable lead and collar, treats, play toys, food and water bowls and a sleeping mat are essential in ensuring that your doggie camping trip is a success. 

Have A Pawesome Camping Trip With Your Pup

Sharing your love for the outdoors with your dog is a great experience. Take some time to prepare in advance and research the area that you are visiting so you know where you and your dog will be allowed to go together. With the right preparations, you can be sure that you and your pup will have a pawesome time on your next camping trip.