4. Pack the Important Stuff
You have your packing list memorized, but you can't forget the most important items for your dog. There are a few things that need to make it to the campsite.
- Leash: No matter how dog friendly your campground or the surrounding trails are, you should always have a leash. Dogs are inherently curious, and could run off at the scent of another animal.
- First-aid kit: Buy a pet or dog-specific first aid kit. Essentials include bandages, tweezers, muzzle, cold and heat packs, hydrocortisone, lubricant and dog-friendly aspirin.
- Toys: Sitting by a fire is the picture-perfect evening of relaxation for you, but your pup needs something to stay busy. Don't forget your dog's favorite toys.
- Treats: Getting your dog to take a long hike and behave at camp is a lot to ask, so bring treats to show your appreciation.
5. Make ID Tags
Don't risk losing your pup: update your dog's ID tag. Make sure this includes your dog's name, your name, a phone number and home address. If camping for a long period of time, it may be wise to create temporary ID tags. These will have your name and number, as well as the campground and campsite you're staying at.
You may also want to consider getting a microchip implant. It's the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin in their shoulder.
Camping with dogs is a rewarding experience that promotes bonding, but don't forget the important things before heading out. Make sure the trip is great for both of you by being ready for anything.
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