Dogs are labeled as Man’s Best Friend, and it can be a valuable asset while out camping. It will smell and hear things before you do, and can also serve as a guide through the woods. If a dog is well-trained, it will not become a burden when it’s with you. To find out more about the tips when camping with your dog, continue reading.
1. Pack extra stuff for your dog.
Bring a chew toy and some doggie snacks to keep your hound happy during the trip. There should be more than enough stuff to chew on in the woods, but just to make sure the dog doesn’t grab your hiking shoes or some other valuable piece of gear, bring a bone. If you have a bigger dog, it might be useful to strap a bag around his torso.
2. Bring a whistle or leash or whatever it is you use to keep your dog under control.
Let hounds run loose through the woods and chase some voodoo, but most dogs will return when you call or whistle.
3. Bring a first aid kit for your dog.
He might end up finding a porcupine or, even worse, a badger or bobcat. If you’re camping, say, along the Appalachian Trail, beware of boar; in Alaska, watch out for bears.
4. Learn to recognize potentials dangers.
In addition to wild animals that might hurt your dog, remember all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna that your dog might ingest in his quest for knowledge. A dog’s mouth and stomach are pretty tough and they can vomit up all sorts of things, but it’s good practice for you and your dog to get acquainted with the poisonous fungus and/or toads lurking in your neck of the woods and what the various treatments are. You might need antidotes; you might need to induce vomiting.
5. Keep the human stuff locked down or tied to a tree.
This is good practice regardless of what kind of camping you are doing, but be sure to keep your dog away from the food supply. It doesn’t do to have your supplies torn into in the middle of a trek. This goes for important gear as well: waterproof shoes and bags, flashlights and your compass, good woolen shirts, and the like. Dogs will tear into stuff when they’re excited and nothing is more exciting for a dog than a camping trip with Master.
6. Tie up your dog at night.
A lot of critters are about at night and your dog might be tempted to chase them; this could be fatal. Not only are you protecting your dog when you tie him up, but he is protecting you: nothing can come near your camp without your dog knowing.
Surely, having a best friend to spend the summer camp with is a priceless moment. Dogs can warm you up during a cold night, and can be a source of entertainment when you are lonely. So cuddle up with your pet, and don’t forget to bring dog food! Are you a dog lover?
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