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 and current address. At the very least his tags should be secure on his collar which is worn at all times.
- Pack up the Basics AND a Few Extras. These are the things that are so taken for granted they are often left behind! Don’t forget: a primary and an extra leash; poop-scooping bags; and a crate or carrier for your dog if a situation arises requiring restriction.
- Take reasonable medical precautions. As we mentioned in A CHECKLIST: IS YOUR DOG READY FOR CAMPING? your dog should be in good health before going camping. Assuming that he is, make sure he’s been treated preventatively for ticks, fleas and heartworms. Pack any medications he takes regularly, a pet first aid kit and his vaccination records (which are required in some public parks).
- Pack Clean Water & Food – Ideally, there will be a source of clean water at your campsite. But if not, you’ll need to haul some along. Neither you or your dog should depend on unfamiliar bodies of water for your drinks. As for meals, our dog has an inner clock that signals meal time at the same moment every day. How about yours? Try to maintain your dog’s routines with type and timing of food – and don’t forget the bowls & perhaps some treats to reinforce good camping behavior!
- Bring Bedding for your Dog – After years of sharing our tent and sleeping bags with Noble – and paying the price in lost sleep and damaged fabrics – we created the NobleCamper 2-in-1 Bed-Bag. It is extremely light-weight (he carries it himself), comfortable, sturdy and protective. But short of a full dog bed, make sure you have water-resistant padding and you dog’s “cozy” (the toy or blankie that makes him feel secure).
What would you add to the list? Do you bring dog-booties for rough terrain? Dog backpack? Shampoo in case he gets over-top dirty? Please share!
BoulderLite, of Boulder, CO an e-commerce venture specializing in lightweight active gear for dogs, has launched The NobleCamper Blog, an interactive site for Dog Lovers and Outdoors Enthusiasts to share favorite campsites, trails, health, environmental stewardship & gear tips.