Camoing with dogs.

Camping with dogs. Image: Pixabay

Here’s how you can keep your pet safe during camping

Camping with dogs is fascinating due to their curiosity, companionship, and joy in exploring the great outdoors together.

Camoing with dogs.

Camping with dogs. Image: Pixabay

Camping trips aren’t just for humans – they can be a rip-roaring adventure for our four-legged friends, too. But making sure your pets are safe and comfy in the great outdoors needs a bit of forethought and consideration. From wildlife encounters to extreme temperatures, there are various hazards to be aware of if you’re planning a camping trip with your furry mates.

Teddy, the founder of White House Glamping, shares eight essential tips for keeping pets safe and comfortable on camping adventures.

Research Dog-Friendly Campsites

Teddy says, “Before setting off on your camping adventure, research campsites that welcome furry guests. Look for places with dog waste disposal bins, designated dog areas, and nearby hiking trails suitable for dogs.

Pack Pet-Friendly Gear

Teddy recommends packing gear specifically designed for camping with pets. This includes a sturdy lead, a collapsible water bowl, pet-friendly insect repellent, and a comfy waterproof harness or life jacket if you’re planning on water activities.

Set Up a Secure Sleeping Area

Create a safe and secure sleeping area for your pet by bringing along a portable pet crate or tent. Make sure the sleeping area is well-ventilated and protected from extreme temperatures. Teddy says, “Adding familiar bedding or a favourite blanket will provide comfort and reassurance for your pet.”

Ensure Proper Nutrition and Hydration

Just like humans, pets need access to clean water and nutritious food while camping. Pack plenty of fresh water, portable food bowls for your pet, and their regular diet or specially formulated camping meals. “Avoid feeding pets unfamiliar or potentially harmful foods found in the wilderness,” states Teddy.

Protect Against Wildlife Encounters

Be on your guard about potential wildlife encounters and take precautions to protect your pet from harm. Keep pets on a lead at all times and avoid leaving them unattended, especially in areas known for wildlife activity. Teddy emphasises, “Familiarise yourself with local wildlife and learn how to respond safely in case of an encounter.”

Use a Collar and Lead

In remote camping locations, it’s crucial to ensure your pet is properly identified with a collar tag or microchip containing up-to-date contact information. Additionally, always keep your pet on a lead to prevent them from wandering off or getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings.

Monitor the Weather

Extreme temperatures can pose a significant risk to pets, especially in hot or cold environments. Teddy advises monitoring temperature conditions closely and taking appropriate measures to keep pets cool or warm as needed. This may include providing shade, using cooling vests or mats, or wrapping up in cold weather.

Practise Leave No Trace Principles

Follow Leave No Trace principles to respect the natural environment and minimise your pet’s impact on the wilderness. Always clean up after your pet, dispose of waste properly, and avoid disturbing wildlife or sensitive habitats.

“As a pet owner and outdoor enthusiast, I believe it’s essential to prioritise the safety and well-being of our furry companions when venturing into the wilderness,” says Teddy. “By following these tips and being mindful of potential hazards, you can ensure that your pet has a safe and enjoyable camping experience. Whether you’re trekking through scenic trails or toasting marshmallows by the campfire, camping with pets can be a rewarding experience for both humans and animals alike.”