Tips on Camping with Your Dog

Tips on Camping with Your Dog

Travelling and camping with your dog not only connects you to nature but also to your pet. If you think your dog smiles when you go for a walk, bounces when you give it a treat, or rolls over for some loving rubs wait for the reaction you get when your dog goes camping. Camping can be a dog’s dream come true…and for that matter yours as well.

Here are some tips to help your dog’s camping trip dream become a reality!

Travelling Dog Tips

  • Stop regularly along your travel route to allow your dog to have a bathroom break, drink water and have some exercise.
  • Should you have to leave your dog for a short period in vehicle or RV always make sure there is proper ventilation, shade and water for your dog.
  • Try to make your dog’s travel area like home with a dog bed, blanket, toys, etc.
  • Most importantly, constantly reassure your dog that he/she is safe, secure and loved.

Health and Safety

  • Be attentive to your dog’s health at all times.
  • Be knowledgeable of diseases that can be contracted through wildlife, plants, and insects.
  • Use flea/tick repellents or collars. Dogs are higher risk in getting ticks and fleas.
  • Allow time for your dog to adjust to new surroundings.
  • Make sure you provide rest time for your dog.
  • Never leave your dog unattended when it’s outside.
  • Remove any leftover dog food after mealtime and store in a place which will not attract unwanted wildlife and insects.
  • Please note that it is recommended that dogs and other pets not be taken into back country terrain. These areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to rugged terrain, wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Common Campground Dog Rules and Etiquette

Rules regarding dogs vary from campground to campground across British Columbia. It is advised before leaving home, to enquire at your chosen destination if dogs are allowed and what are the campground rules.

Here are some common general rules and etiquette that campers can follow:

  • Do not leave your dog unattended.
  • Keep your dog leashed, as this aids with keeping your pet safe, and from becoming an unwanted visitor at neighbouring campsites.
  • Do not allow your dog to bark. Continuous barking can be a disturbance to your neighbours and wildlife.
  • Respect campground rules regarding off-leash and on-leash areas.
  • Keep your dog under control at all times.
  • Always pick up after your dog, even if it is in a treed or forest area. Walkers, hikers, bikers, etc., will be using the area as well.
  • Carry an environmental-friendly dog bag to dispose of your dog’s waste in appropriate trash containers.

Leashing tips

  • Leash your dog well away from your campfire.
  • Tether the leash to you or to a stake, a picnic table leg or RV handle.
  • For a larger roaming area use an expandable leash or a dog tie-out. Another suggestion is to tie a rope between two trees, and secure the leash to the rope for a dog run.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your dog to make sure they are safe from their leash getting tangled around tent poles, stakes, chairs, picnic table, trees, etc.
  • For times when you want your dog to have more freedom, bring along a portable exercise pen. Portable pens are designed to fold down easily and can be bought at local hardware or pet stores.
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