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Old 08-06-2012, 07:28 AM
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Honestly, you may want to rethink taking 5 by yourself. Camping is pretty stimulating for most dogs due to all the smells, sounds, and wildlife all nearly within 'reach' I'm not trying to be the party pooper, I just know soooo many dogs go missing on camping trips Just remember that even dogs with pretty solid recalls can lose their mind if they're chasing prey.

So the only tip I have for you is to be triple sure you can handle the trip alone.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:31 AM
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Where are you camping? If I am camping somewhere remote enough to not have cell phone service, I get tags made with the closest park office number or number of the resort who owns the property. Something like "State Park Guest xxx-xxx-xxxx" in addition to their regular ID tag with all my home information.

If you are going to be doing a lot of hiking and it is more work/exercise than they are used to, bring extra food. Make sure you have extras of everything - tie outs, collars, leashes, bowls.

ETA: And yea, 5 dogs is a lot of dogs to camp with. If you're experienced camping with dogs it will probably be no big deal, but if you've never camped with dogs... you might want to think about it. I won't take more than 2 at once, and I prefer just one.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:05 AM
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5 is a lot by yourself. doesn't sound stress reducing to me honestly. Could you rotate two out at a time from home?

I would not do ring around the tree tie outs unless this is your own property your going to. They break down the tree and I can't see any park letting you use them. You pick up a leaf to start a fire and he the second degree.

There is a local state park we go to that is dog friendly and it's great. But dogs are not allowed in the lake or on the beach so make sure you'll have things to do to keep them cool enough. It's just to hot this year with my old crew- I don't even let Byron out sometimes in the hottest part of the day.

We have always had good water available. It make sure you have bowls.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:41 AM
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You couldn't pay me enough to go camping with 5 dogs tbh. I just got home after a weekend trip with all four dogs and I was thanking my lucky stars that I had a rental house with a yard!

Of course I also hate walking all four together, so it meant more trips to move dogs between car and house and back each day and that certainly would be even more difficult if I were trying to exercise or hike with all at once.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:01 AM
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Dekka and I took 3 dogs around the US last year. We've taken 4 to trials and camped or moteled it. You couldn't pay me to take more with fewer humans, and larger dogs camping honestly. It would be doubtful to be stress reducing.

We've found camping recently without dogs, many people can't follow rules and have offleash dogs, that even when complained about the park hasn't done anything. May or may not be an issue. I couldn't contemplate going without crates, as if you need to do anything that dogs can't go with you can't leave them staked out. Lots of places also don't allow you to tie anything to trees.. which would include dogs so you'll need enough stake outs. 5 staked sounds like a mine field.

We had 3 staked out off an on while in the US and that was bad at times. Not sure how big your campsite is, but it would have to be huge to have 5 that way.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:11 AM
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I've gone camping before with dogs, its been awhile but I have experience. After reading the post, it sounds like I've never been camping with dogs before. I was trying to make sure my list was complete and its nice to know what other people take!

Depending on when I go will determine if I have 5 or 3 with me. I'm not too worried about the number. All the dogs will be leashed at all times or wearing an e-collar if off leash. I'm not worried about taking 5, they all get along and are well behaved!
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I would say take less dogs.

I have camped with dogs a fair bit. And I have camped by myself (though with no dogs) recently.

That is a lot of dogs in your tent, if something goes on you could have issues controlling all 5. Dogs can get out of tents without too much effort IME. Also depending on your site you might not have enough room for 5 tie outs.. plus many camping places we went to in the US had rules about tying things too, and around trees.

I love camping with my dog, but I don't think I would take more than a couple with me if I was by myself.
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....Also depending on your site you might not have enough room for 5 tie outs.. plus many camping places we went to in the US had rules about tying things too, and around trees. ...
Not only all the above, Many state parks (Indiana and Michigan I know for sure) have rules stating NO DOG LEFT UNATTENDED at your site. You can't crate them and leave, can't stake them and leave........you're not even supposed to put them in your camper or car and leave the site. So anything you do will have to be ALL FIVE AT ONCE! LOL If you can handle that, kudos........I KNOW I couldn't do it! Nor would I want to! LOL

Not saying you are going to be at a state park, but many camp grounds have the same rule. (for good reasons obviously)
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We hate traveling with our 4 too really. 2 at a time is ideal.
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I haven't decided where I am going to camp yet, a large state campground or in the mountains where there are very few people.

I am hoping to just take my 3 but it depends on if I go next weekend or the following one since I have 2 extra dogs till next weekend.
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