Now that you think that your dog is already in shape, it’s time for you to bring him out for his first camping trip. However, you might be wondering as to what stuff you need to pack for him. Here is a quick rundown of the items your dog will need for the trip.
1. Collar and leash
A 6-foot long leash would be enough for leading him through walks. On the other hand, you also need a 20-foot tether to tied him with at night so that he doesn’t wander off. A braided steel cable tether would be suitable so that he won’t easily be able to bit through it.
As for his collar, you want something that fits securely around his neck but is not too tight. It should also have ID tags attached. And while these are optional, you can also get dog harnesses that double as backpacks so that he can also carry some of the stuff during your trip.
2. Food and water
How much food and water you should bring will depend on the length of the trip. However, as a rule of thumb, you should always bring extra meals just in case your dog gets through his regular supplies quickly. Also, bring him his own dishes and water bowl so that he won’t be eating on the ground and creating a mess.
With regards to water, it would be best for you to bring him filtered water to ensure that he won’t be drinking potential harmful bacteria. However, in case you do need to get him water from a nearby stream, boil it first. Never let him drink directly from the stream.
3. Weddings and special clothing
While your dog will happily lie wherever he feels, you would still want him to be comfortable. So, bring in a lightweight pad or pillow that he can use. Additionally, if you are camping during the colder months, bring a blanket or a sweater to wrap him in and keep out the cold.
4. Toiletries and other accessories
One important rule when taking your dog out camping or hiking, especially in areas where there are a lot of other campers, is to never let your dog defecate anywhere. Instead, bring poop bags for him to take a dump in. However, don’t just leave the bag anywhere and dispose of it properly when you get out of the site.
Since there are a lot of insects, seeds, and other debris that can get caught in your pet’s hair, a brush and tick key are going to be handy for removing these. Also, if you are night camping, bring a light that can be attached to his collar or harness so that he can be easily spotted.
5. First aid kit
As have been mentioned earlier, there are a lot of dangers that your dog can encounter outdoors. Hence, it is always helpful for you to have a first aid kit ready. You can either make one of your own or purchase prepacked ones online.
As for the contents, aside from the typical items, you should have Rimadyl and Tramodol in your first aid pack. The former is a better-suited painkiller for dogs than ibuprofen is while the later is a strong opiate that will help your mutt through more severe pains. Also, bring ointments to treat insect bites with.
As an important reminder, should your dog be injured, make it a priority to get him back home immediately for treatment. Keep that in mind when planning your routes.
Even with the meticulous preparations, you and your dog will still likely find your first nature escapade together to be a challenge. So, here are some important guidelines to help you get through the trip.
1. Keep him from overheating.
Especially if you are traveling during the summer season, your dog is going to feel hot quickly. So be sure to monitor him closely. Panting is a common sign that he needs a drink, so be sure to have a ready bowl for him to drink in. And as reminded earlier, never let him drink from elsewhere. Also, be sure that the path you walk in have plenty of shade for him (and you) to rest and cool down.
2. keep him warm
As the opposite of the above, you also need to keep your dog warm at night. Preferably, let him sleep in the tent with you. Otherwise. Bring him a pad or pillow to comfortably lie down on. To avoid the pillow from getting wet due to the moist soil, put a tarp under it.
3. Monitor your dog’s activity
Here, you want to avoid him overexerting himself and possibly causing injuries. As with the above, watch for the signs that he might already be tired and give him some rest. It would also be a good idea to tie him down for several minutes so that he doesn’t go scampering away when he should be resting.
4. Keep the noise down
This is especially the case if you are in an area where there are a lot of other campers or where there are plenty of wildlife roaming around. One way that toucan keep him quiet is by tossing him a few treats. Bringing his favorite toy could also keep him preoccupied so that he won’t start randomly barking.
5. Keep him supervised at all times
Most public camping sites already post rules regarding pets, particularly that they should be attended by owners at all times. So make sure that you do follow this. In case you have to leave your dog for a while, tie him to a sturdy tree. Use a harness instead of a collar so that he won’t hurt his neck if he tries chasing some small creatures.
6. Follow trail etiquette
Keep in mind that not all campers are fond of dogs. So don’t let your mutt go to them casually. Also, assure the other campers that he is indeed harmless while making sure that he indeed is.