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By:    On: 2011-09-23

If your family is anything like mine you have at least one furkid – a dog that is so much a part of your family it might as well be your child.  However close your relationship is with your dog, you may still be wary of bringing him along on your camping trip.  Fear not!  Dogs love camping!  They love running through in the woods, sleeping outdoors and spending time with their family.  The following tips may help you feel more at ease with bringing your pooch along for the trip.

Medical Records

I can’t stress how important it is to carry your pet’s medical records and - any medications – with you, just as you would for any family member.  If there’s ever an accident and you need to go to a vet in a location far from home, your pet’s treatment could hinge on how quickly the doctor is able to access those records.  Additionally, make sure your dog’s shots are up date, particularly rabies, and that Killer’s address and rabies tags are current and on his collar.  Another thing to consider is getting your best friend microchipped.  Should she run off or get separated from you and lost, that tiny chip – placed hypodermically just below the skin, on the nape – can be scanned by any pound or vet’s office that has the program.

Comforts of Home

I find it comforts our Husky if we set up his comfort area before we set up our tents.  Try to put up a dog run between a couple of trees if you can.  TQ (my furkid) has a set of travel dishes that we found at Target; he knows when those bowls go into their stand he’s where he needs to be.  (In case you’re wondering, the bowls are collapsible rubber and their stand is a hard plastic with folding legs.  I picked it up for $10.) If your pet has a regular bed or cushion it’s a good idea to bring it along; not only will he be more comfortable during the road trip but he will also be a little more at home in the great outdoors as well.  We keep our dog’s bed in the screened-in area of our tent and he sleeps on it at night, close to us but still outside.  Find what works best for you and your buddy; the more comfortable he is, the smoother your trip will go. 

It is also a good idea to bring along a corkscrew tie-out and a good length of chain.  Most campgrounds won’t allow pets to be tethered to trees but do require dogs to be leashed/tethered at all times.  Even if your dog is really good about being off-lead, you might still have to tie him out.

Your first few trips with your best friend will probably be trial-and-error, but it’s definitely worth your effort.  Not only because she’s practically part of your family but also because of the vast amounts of money you’ll save on kennel and boarding fees.

Do you have any tips to share with our readers?  Please drop me a line in the comments section.  I love hearing from you!

Happy camping,


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