Camping With Dog. Help?

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I am going to be taking Leo camping for the first time, and I am a little uncertain of it.

What equipment do you bring?
Do you bring a crate? Where does the dog sleep at night? In your tent?
Any special concerns I should have/look out for?
Any other advice you would give?

Thanks!
 

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Please note I have never gone camping with my dogs, but I think it would be super fun!

I would bring various leashes (lengths) and a long line/tether. A tag collar, plus a secure collar that youre attaching the leash to (and dont mind getting dirty!) Biodegradable poop bags if you're worried about cleaning up after him. Food/water dish. Supply of fresh water. Portable crate if you want him to sleep in a crate, secure crate if you will be leaving him alone at any point. Anything you may need for an impromptu training session (treats, certain collars, certain toys). Chew bones to keep him occupied during down times. Definitely make sure he's on a flea/tick prevention, and I'd check for ticks daily. A spray that helps keeps flies and mosquitos away and such would also be a good idea.

I would personally have my dogs sleep in the tent, with Abrams in a pop up crate, Cynder loose.

Concerns, besides bugs, would be security (especially if your dog isn't off leash reliable) and eating something icky. Abrams likes to chomp on various plants when in the woods, and I'd have to watch him closely to make sure he's not eating something bad for him.

Depending on where you're camping and for how long, may not hurt to pack a dog first aid kit. For torn paw pads, cuts from thorns, etc., etc.
 

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^^^

That's about everything that I bring when I go camping with my dogs.

I'd also add a collapsible water dish (for hiking), a towel, and brush.
 

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Seconding what has already been said, plus I would look up nearest emergency veterinarian before hand, and have a folder with any health record or anything that you might need.

I'd bring the dogs comfort toy. For Duncan that's his Kong wubba and for Cameron that's a skineez. But that's perhaps obvious?

This thread makes me want to go camping with the dogs.
 

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A pair of scissors in case a dog gets hurt and you need to trim fur in order to get a good look.A fire extinguisher ifyou're planning on having a fire. Better to be safe than sorry.
 
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They sleep in our tent, but our tent is huge and bit like home :) I make sure we have collars, dishes, food, and leashes. A tie out or xpens because most places do not allow an unrestrained dog, even sitting around a campfire. At least not anywhere i've been. Last year I got yelled at for taking my dog from my vehicle to my tent without a leash :) I told them to lay down and walked over to the ranger so he could tell me a 2nd time. anyway, toys for water and that about my list. oh and a towel to dry them some before if they'll be going into the vehicle
 

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Oh, yes, a dog towel. I always forget about a dog towel, then regret it later on. At least I have a seat cover? Lol
 

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Thank you!

There are some items mentioned here that I didn't think of, so that is very very helpful. Thanks!
 

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Dekka and I go camping with horses and dogs a few times a year, and took a three week trip to the US with three dogs.

Dogs are always free with us for naps or bed. We always have the correct number of rates for dogs. You never know when you need a safe place to toss dogs for a minute or an hour.
 

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I always take a long line and run it between two trees about 6 feet off the ground so that it goes across my campsite.

Then I attach a carabiner clip to the handles of their leashes. When I want the dogs to be able to wander the campsite, I clip the carabiner to the long line. That way they can run back and forth without getting tangled in a tie out, and they have a lot more space to move.

Like this pic only a carabiner instead of a pulley.


They sleep in the tent with me and the kids.
 
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I always take a long line and run it between two trees about 6 feet off the ground so that it goes across my campsite.

Then I attach a carabiner clip to the handles of their leashes. When I want the dogs to be able to wander the campsite, I clip the carabiner to the long line. That way they can run back and forth without getting tangled in a tie out, and they have a lot more space to move.

Like this pic only a carabiner instead of a pulley.


They sleep in the tent with me and the kids.
This is a fantastic idea!

And I also have a camper, with beds, a toilet and a shower...I love my shower and hot water...I don't do tents lol.
 

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We took Watson camping last year and it was pretty easy. He slept in the tent and we brought his mat for him to sleep on, though he would also curl up with us. We brought some bowls and his food (including a foldable bowl for hiking), a variety of leashes for hiking and other activities, his harness and collar, a tie out, and that's about it. I think we may have brought the first aid kit too, but we were camping in a vacation spot, not in the middle of the woods, so it would be easy to find vet care or supplies if necessary.

He was a bit nervous the first night and barked at some people passing by the tent, but the second night he passed out as soon as we got in the tent and was fine the rest of the week.

One thing to consider is what you will do with the dog while you're in the bathroom/shower. We didn't bring a crate and didn't trust him not to bark when left alone in a strange place. For showers my husband and I would go one at a time while the other hung out with the dog. For regular stuff like brushing our teeth one of us just took him in with us and it was fine. Just something to consider. Might be worth bringing a crate just for those times.
 
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One thing to consider is what you will do with the dog while you're in the bathroom/shower. We didn't bring a crate and didn't trust him not to bark when left alone in a strange place. For showers my husband and I would go one at a time while the other hung out with the dog. For regular stuff like brushing our teeth one of us just took him in with us and it was fine. Just something to consider. Might be worth bringing a crate just for those times.
If you're car camping and it's cool enough, you can also pop them into the car for the few minutes it takes you to run to the shower or bathroom. I am usually camping with my dogs alone, so I don't have the option of trading off, but one nice thing about camping alone is that no one really cares if you forego a shower altogether or have a quick pee in the woods behind the tent. :p I do always bring a crate, though.
 

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