One of the perks of going camping for your vacation, is most campgrounds allow you to bring your canine companion along.
We suggest calling the campground ahead of time to make sure they allow dogs if there is a fee, and what rules or regulations they have.
After making sure your furry friend is invited, there might be supplies, tools and training you will want to review before you set off for your adventure.
See out how to prepare to ensure your camping trip goes “pawsome.”
Preparing The Pup
Protect your pup from illnesses and viruses they could contract by making sure your dog is up to date on their vaccines. If your pup ventures as far as the backyard, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a Flea & Tick collar to protect your dog from tick-borne illnesses.
Practice makes perfect. If this is the first time you will be taking your dog camping, and your sleeping arrangements include a tent, this could be nerve-wracking for your hound. Familiarize your dog with the tent before you take off on your camping trip by setting up shop in your backyard. Pitch the tent, roll out your sleeping bag, and invite your dog to check out where their home away from home will be for the short term during your journey.
Packing For Your Pup
Make sure you pack everything that your dog will need for your trip. Use this checklist, so you don’t end up empty-handed and in a puppy pickle. Most items you won’t have to go further than your cabinet or home, but stocking up on needed supplies, or going shopping for new gadgets and tools, might save you from unneeded stress or worry on your camping trip.
- Portable or collapsible and stationary water bowls and bottles.
- A lot of poop bags.
- Plenty of your dog’s usual food.
- Extra (longer) leashes and harness, as well as a stake for the leash.
- Long lasting treats, such as bones.
- Illuminated collar, LED clip on’s or harness for after-dark.
- Portable fencing or x-pen.
- Copy of your dog’s vaccination records.
- Collar and ID tag with your current information.
- Dog bed or doggie sleeping bag, as well as an extra blanket for warmth.
- Dog First Aid Kit.
- Extra towels in case your dog gets wet or muddy.
- Jacket and booties for smaller dogs or if you plan on going hiking.
- Flea and tick medication and heartworm prevention.
Camping With Your Canine
When you make it to your campsite, always keep in mind fellow campers and the rules of the campground. The goal is to have fun camping with your dog!
If you’re planning on taking a day trip hiking or exploring the area, remember your canine is now your constant companion. Plan on taking your pup to avoid endangering them to unpredictable weather, wildlife wandering through the campground, or any disruptive behavior your dog might cause to neighbors.
Generally, campsites require that you have your dog on a leash at all times. The typical length is 6 feet; however, some campgrounds allow longer leashes for larger sites. As noted, it’s best to check in first and bring extra leashes to be prepared for any situation. Some parks have dog areas or dog parks where your pup can run free.
When it comes to nighttime, put your dog’s food away to make sure wildlife doesn’t take advantage of the free buffet. You should also consider housing your dog inside your tent or car to sleep at night. If you oppose, or your dog normally doesn’t sleep with you, look into purchasing a doggie tent to prevent your pup from encountering a coyote, skunk or other wildlife, or being spooked by the outdoors. Again, some campgrounds may have rules against dogs sleeping outdoors. It’s always better to ask, then ask for forgiveness.
Camping With Your Pup At Skyway
Skyway Camping Resort in the Catskills welcomes your pooch! Skyway has a few simple safety rules to ensure everyone has a great camping experience!
- Dogs must be cleaned up after.
- Dogs cannot be left unattended.
- Your dog must play nice with other humans and other dogs.
- Campers must bring Veterinary documents and have available upon request.
Have questions about camping with your pup at Skyway? Give us a call at (845) 235-5434