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CARE AND COMFORT OF THE COLD-WEATHER CAMPING DOG

Posted by Tyler Barnard on September 29, 2014. 0 Comments

 Living and playing in the Rocky Mountains and the Ozarks of Missouri, we’ve had our share of camping adventures with Noble the Vizsla. But at the beginning, we didn’t always make the right choices to protect our canine buddy. File that under: wish we’d known then, what we know now.
So for those of you who are looking for a primer on care and comfort of the cold-weather camping dog, here are some bits of Noble’s (hard-earned) wisdom:

Which dogs tolerate cold best?
Short answer: Healthy dogs, with thicker fur and a little protective fat, who are accustomed to vigorous exercise and spending time in the outdoors, do the best in cold conditions.
That said, Noble was a thin-skinned, short-haired, older guy! We just made sure: to monitor him as we traveled to see that he had what he needed to be warm and dry. With the proper...

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VITAL CHECKLIST #2: ARE YOU READY FOR CAMPING WITH YOUR DOG?

Posted by Tyler Barnard on August 06, 2014. 0 Comments

Some of the Dog Camping prep steps here may seem obvious (food and water) but others only made it onto the checklist after we became experienced Backpackers and Campers.  So, for your convenience and for the safety and comfort of your outdoorsy dog, we offer these tips:

  • Choose a Dog-Friendly Campsite. Don’t assume your dream spot allows dogs!  Been there, made that mistake. Research it, get permits and bring vaccination documents if required, and also make sure the location has a mix of cooling shade and warming sun.  You may also want to see if there is an animal hospital nearby just in case.
  • Make sure you bring Dog Identification. The thought of your dog getting lost while in the wilderness, is frightening.  Ideally your dog is both chipped AND tagged with his name and updated contact info including your name, cell phone number...
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VITAL CHECKLIST #1: IS YOUR DOG READY FOR CAMPING?

Posted by Tyler Barnard on July 24, 2014. 0 Comments

The first time we took Noble camping he was only about a year old.  We assessed his readiness in a variety of ways that may be helpful to you if you’re planning a first-time adventure with your pup - or trying to figure out what went wrong on a recent outing.  ;)  Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Is your dog well-trained?  Being responsive to your basic commands – without hesitation – may be the difference between a great trip and a tragic one.  It’s better to be safe than sorry by testing his responsiveness before camping. 
  • Is your dog healthy?  Backpacking and Camping may present different challenges for your dog than regular trail outings.  Are his endurance, breathing, leg strength and overall conditioning appropriate for your journey?  For instance, we live and often...
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Cold Weather Camping With Your Dog

Posted by Tyler Barnard on December 18, 2013. 0 Comments

"Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly" American Veterinary Medical Association

Therefore, when you take your dog camping in situations where the temperature can drop quite rapidly at night, you need to take the right precautions, just as you would for yourself. Some dogs with thicker coats might not need much, whereas shorter haired breeds, like our Vizsla, might need some extra protection.

Here are some important tips for taking your dog camping when the weather can't be trusted.

Keep them active.

Just like you, dogs will lose their body heat while in rest. Bring your dog's favorite toy or a ball that they like to retrieve. This will keep them warmer and the exercise will wear them...

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Perfect Last Minute Gift For Outdoor Enthusiast

Posted by Tyler Barnard on November 17, 2013. 0 Comments

Not sure what to get your loved one this holiday season? If they have dogs and love backpacking, hiking, camping or bird hunting, then search no more. We now have Gift Cards available in various amounts so they can pick out the right NobleCamper™ for them.

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