If your dog is truly a part of your family, then it can be hard to imagine doing anything without them. So if you're camping, why not take your dog with you? If your pup is along for the adventure, here are some important tips to bring alone, too.
Take a Vet Visit
Before you go hit the road, make sure that your pup is up to date on all of their vaccinations and medications. If you've been to a recent vet appointment, you probably won't need to take them again. But you should give them a call either way so that you can get all of this information confirmed, and, if necessary, come in for a visit.
Check Microchip & Tags
Check your pup's microchip before you set off for an adventure to make sure that all of the information is correct. You can do this at the vet or get a microchip scanner that will make sure it has their unique identifier, name, and address info. You should also make sure that all of your pup's identifying tags (including rabies and registration tags) are up-to-date and attached to their collar.
Check Campsite Rules
Be sure to check the campsite's rules before you leave, to ensure that they allow pets to camp with you. Even if they say they allow pets, many campsites that do come with rules or regulations, like select camping spots or leash rules. Be familiar with them before you leave.
Pack a Doggy Bag
No, not like in a restaurant - a real bag for your pup. Instead of simply packing their things in your bag, pack them a whole separate bag containing the following:
Packing a separate bag will make it easier to find everything you need for your pup, and will keep you more organized.
Pick the Pawfect Spot
Don't pick a camping spot directly in the sun. Instead, pick one that's in the shade, too. Not only will you need a spot in the shade to cool off, but your dog will, too. Leave them an opportunity to get comfy either in the shade or sun.
Bring a Tie-Out
If you're kicking back to roast marshmallows or just hanging out, you might want the peace of mind of having your pup secured. To ensure that they can't run off but to still give them freedom, bring a tie out that you can secure around a tree or a portable stake tie-out.
One of the most important tips? Have fun!