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Camping with a dog

Camping with a dog

If you’re looking for some company on your next camping trip, then look no further than man’s best friend. Camping with a dog is like taking them on the best way they’ve ever had!

Tips for camping with a dog

Camping with your dog can be a fantastic experience. Masses of outdoor space to explore, sniff, run around in, mark out some territory. 

If you’re camping on your own then you’ll have some great company and a security guard, while families will have an energetic playmate for the kids. 

If you’re thinking of camping with your dog for the first time, then it’s a good idea to prepare properly. Your dog, of course, needs to be healthy, vaccinated, good with people and other dogs and have good recall.

And of course, you must clean up after them.

Lots of campsites that allow dogs, ask that they’re kept on a lead, especially if it’s on a farm with livestock. You must be respectful of these rules.

Some campsites offer dog-walking areas so you can exercise away from the other campers. 

The Camping & Caravanning Club have a great list of dog friendly campsites on their website here.

It’s also a good idea to check any restrictions in the area. For example, many beaches ban dogs at certain times so it’s useful to know where you can and can’t go together. These rules are often relaxed in the autumn. If you’re going to visit the beach for the day, portable dog tents are a great way of providing some shade – these should have plenty of ventilation though.  These can be used back at the tent too – a space of their own to relax in.

As well as poo bags, make sure you bring a supply of towels in case your dog needs a clean-up before they’re allowed in the main tent.

Have a think about sleeping arrangements too. Ideally, you’d invest in a tent with a porch or separate compartment for the dog to sleep but make sure there’s no gaps so that you can keep him secure at night.  Sewn in groundsheets will help with this.

Never leave your dog unattended in the tent – it can get very hot under canvas!

Windbreaks act as a good form of enclosure.  If you can set them up correctly, eliminating gaps and providing some shade, they are often a great way to ensure your best friend safely gets some air.

Here’s a list of things you should definitely take with you on your doggy camping trip:

  • A collar with your contact number and leads – particularly if you’re at a campsite where dogs must be kept on a lead.
  • Food (and water if your campsite doesn’t have a standpipe)
  • Dog bowls
  • Poop bags – make sure you dispose of the responsibly too.
  • Towels
  • A dog tent, portable crate, a favourite rug or basket
  • A method of securely tethering your dog at night or while you’re cooking or eating.
  • Energy for plenty of walks!
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