Tips for Camping with a Dog

Tips for Camping with a Dog

Going on a camping trip with your pup is a fun adventure for both you and your dog. However, proper planning is crucial for the experience to be safe and enjoyable.
Lifestyle & pets

Listed here are three tips for camping with your dog.  

Tip #1:  Ensure Your Dog is Always Visible

When traveling to a new area – especially one surrounded by trees and brush – it is important to make sure you can always see your dog. An LED light on your dog’s collar ensures your pet is always visible, even in low-light and dark conditions. The Actijoy Health & Activity Tracker has a built-in LED light that can be controlled via the app. This added functionality makes it easy to control your dog’s collar illumination, so you always know your pet’s whereabouts!

Tip #2:  Pack Distractions for your Dog

Spending a weekend in the woods or at a campsite provides a lot of entertainment for your dog. However, there will be times during your trip when you will need to distract your pet. For instance, when you are cooking, cleaning, or assembling your tent you cannot guarantee that your dog will be content to sit and watch you work when adventure awaits.  

To overcome this problem, pack distractions for your dog such as chew toys and interactive games. It is important to note that you should leave chew toys made from animal products at home (i.e., Bully sticks, antlers, smoked bones, etc.) as these may attract unwanted animals to your campsite.  Instead, pack dog-safe plastic or rubber bones, a KONG and a jar of peanut butter, or an interactive toy that requires your dog to problem solve. If any of your distractions involve food or treats, be sure to store all materials at night properly.  

Tip #3: Pack Dog-Safe Bug Spray and Sunscreen

One of the downsides of camping is dealing with the inevitable insects. While bugs are an annoyance for humans, they can pose a serious health risk for pets. Additionally, many human-grade bug sprays are not safe for pets. Instead, look for a dog-safe bug spray that repels fleas, ticks, and flies.  

Similarly, look for a dog safe sunscreen to pack on your trip, particularly if your dog has light fur and skin. Dogs do not tolerate zinc, so it is imperative to find a sunscreen that is specifically formulated for dogs. Don’t forget to apply the sunscreen to sensitive areas, including the top of your dog’s face and nose!

Traveling and hiking with your dog is great, but don’t forget that a healthy dog is a happy dog, so make sure your dog continues to receive the correct amount of food and especially water on your travels.

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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