Camping with Fido

Many campers will be challenged as far as what to do Fido when they go camping. Some will choose to hire a pet sitter while others will look into a kennel. Others will consider a nontraditional approach and that is taking their pet camping. Before you load up Fido for the trip, follow these guidelines.

First, speak to a live person to make sure the campsite you plan to stay at allows pets. Also, find out what their regulations are. Some campsites do not allow animals to be kept at a campsite unintended. Second, check to see where your pet is allowed to go. Some parks do not allow dogs on trails and if you do take your dog on a trail please practice “leave no trace” principles.

Prior to camping, take a recent snapshot of your pet and place it in your canine travel kit along with a copy of your pet’s shot records. Make sure your pet has been micro-chipped and has an ID tag that contains your cell-phone number, just in case something happens.

Plan your pet’s meals along with your own. Having familiar foods, toys, and bedding make the experience a more pleasant one for everyone. Also, take a gallon or two of water from home. This will reduce the chances of an upset stomach, which can end the fun for everyone.

If your pet is used to sleeping on a pet bed include that on your traveling supply list. This differs from an old rug or mat, which your dog may nap on. Pets, just like humans, have a hard time sleeping if their sleeping arrangements differ from the norm.

Do not forget to include pet friendly cleaning supplies and old towels. This will come in handy when it comes to cleaning muddy feet after a day of fun on the trail.

If you do take your dog on a trail, do not forget to pack snacks, and water along with your hiking supplies. Your dog, just like yourself, gets hungry and thirsty.

Once you have obtained all the information and supplies, there is one more thing you will need to do as you pull out of your driveway on your way to a new adventure. This is to always remember to secure your pet properly for any type of travel and this includes placing them in a crate or securing them with a seatbelt leash or harness.

Camping with a pet can be great fun but it does take work and dedication so that everyone can have a good time.

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