My husband and I love to camp, and we always take our four-year-old beagle, Daisy along with us. With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, it’s time for us to start preparing for our next camping trip. There are a lot of things to think about when you are going camping because you are usually far away from places like stores, hospitals, and veterinarians. These are some of my tips for camping safely with your dog.
Saying that you should pack food and water for your dog seems a bit silly. Most people know they have to bring these things for their pets. However, you would be surprised how often the finer details like amounts are overlooked. Daisy is a medium size dog who can drink (or spill) up to a gallon of water a day when it’s hot outside. If your dog is bigger, it could drink two or even three gallons a day. It is extremely important for you to bring enough food and water for your dog while camping.
I’ve always been picky about Daisy being off her leash or tether. I’m not comfortable with the idea that she could run off at any moment. In recent years, she has proven she can behave by staying close and coming when called, so I’m a little less strict. Until it starts to get dark that is. Once the sun starts to go down she has to be on her tether. This way I know she can’t wander off and become lost.
Beware of wild animals
There are a couple of reasons you have to watch out for wild animals. If your dog isn’t tethered he/she could easily spot something and run off to chase it. Some dogs will track a scent for days and become hopelessly lost. Also, if your dog encounters a wild animal a fight could ensue and one or both could get injured. You can’t always prevent these things from happening, but being vigilant will help.
This is where most people go wrong. Leaving your dog outside the tent, camper, or whatever it is you are sleeping in is a huge mistake. There are so many things that could happen to your pet while you sleep. It could injure itself, get injured by another animal, or even get stolen. Many dog owners have gone to camp and returned home without their beloved dog because they left it unattended while sleeping. Having a hot, smelly dog sleeping with you isn’t fun, but it is much better than having an injured dog, or maybe not having one at all. Daisy always sleeps in the tent with us. This way I know where she is and that she is safe.
Camping can be fun for every member of the family no matter if they are young, old, human, or dog. Keeping everyone’s safety in mind while preparing for the trip and on site will help ensure that everyone remains happy and healthy throughout the trip.
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