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Old 08-05-2012, 10:04 PM
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I am planning a camping trip with the dogs. However, I am going by myself, need a break from people and life. I am probably taking 5 dogs with me depending on when I go. My 3 and 2 I am dogsitting.

I am looking for tips about camping with dogs. They will all sleep in the tent with me and I have tie outs. So I have that covered.

Any tips appreciated!!!
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:06 PM
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Lots of bones/bully sticks! My guys tend to go on extra security guard mode on camping trips so it helps to keep them busy. I also pack rescue remedy.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:15 PM
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I will be keeping an eye on this thread as well. We've camped once since we've got charlie, and both him and sadie go on high alert, from all the sounds, and not being able to see what it is, from inside the tent.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:33 PM
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When we camp we pack the real basics. Collapsable bowls, leashes, collars, harnesses, lots of toys and bones, a bed.

My dogs have never been very different on camping trips but when the mals were younger we took a big crate and had them share.

They were also on high alert the first time camping, I even packed a bark collar just in case this time, but since then they've chilled out pretty well, I think they can read dangers a bit more clearly now.

Don't skimp on the water. Arnold never was a huge water dog but these malinois drink like fish and we were blowing through water like crazy on this last trip.

I wish we'd taken our flexi leads this last time for some of our walks but if you're walking 5 dogs that would be insane. LOL

Mmm... yeah... nothing too exciting in our dog-pack. I'll keep thinking though.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:43 PM
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I plan on taking the ecollars for barking and for LoLa's recall,I worry with her.

I am wondering about the guarding behavior, both LoLa and Judge are pretty guardy at home and when traveling. I guess that's why I feel safe enough to camp by myself. I will have to watch them extra close.

I didnt want to take crates but might take a big collapsible one at least.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:34 PM
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I take two xpens and put them together and then the dogs have their 'run' as part of the camp setup. Usually bring some bones for them to work on, and do lots of walks.

I hate tie outs, but maybe it's because everyone I know that does that ties the dog so it can tangle up everyone within reach, causing a huge risk of falling into the fire.

Or the last camping trip, the dog's chains were really long and they'd be near their camper then fly out to the end of the chains barking and fussing if I walked the dogs by....
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:12 AM
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I use the tie outs but they are always set so the dogs can't get tangled with each other and can't reach outside our camp.
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I'd ditch the crate idea and just use tie outs. The ring around the tree ones are fantastic. Also I would caution against storing dog food in the tent or car. Bears and racoons are a PITA if they're hungry. Get a bear barrel and store it away from your tent.



If the camp site is primitive make sure to bring water from home so you don't end up with a car full of drippy butts.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:44 AM
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Didn't think of the bear barrel. That's a great idea! I have normal tie outs that will be fine I think.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:54 AM
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Tags on all dogs with your cell phone number, extra collars with the same tag, copies of vaccination records, doggie first aide kit, POOP BAGS.

Water- to prevent tummy issues, take either bottled or some from home. As you use it, gradually refill it with the local water.

Heads up for those that use flexis- they may not be allowed. Here in NJ it states that dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet at state parks. There wouldn't be a problem with tie outs in your camp site, but nothing longer than 6 feet is supposed to be used on the trails, etc.
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