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 out for a good nights sleep.
We've all been told the importance of layers when out in the cold, so think about some coat options for your dog. If your dog is shorthaired, you may want to invest in a few different options for your dog, so as the weather fluctuates, you can switch out layers.
Keep them Dry
If your dog loves water, he might not think about how cold it will be later that night. So make sure you've got a quick dry towel or a plan to light a fire when you see that stream ahead. And if they have a coat on, you'll want to get that off of them so it doesn't make them even colder when it gets wet. And of course, if there is ice on the water, keep your dog away. The last thing you want is your dog falling through.
In the Tent
Dogs can be a great source of heat in your tent to snuggle up to. You should remember to bring a warm and dry place for them to sleep. And of course, we recommend the NobleCamper™ to keep your dogs really warm.
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