By Ash Stevens
The end of summer is upon us and school is now in session. The cooler weather is coming so now’s the time to squeeze in those last family trips! Dogs never want to miss out on outdoor fun so try out these five simple suggestions and make camping more comfortable for everyone.
There are some nasty buggers out there so it’s always a good idea to call the vet before packing up. Heartworms are especially concerning for summer campers because they’re passed by mosquitoes. Treatment can be a long and costly process so prevention is the only way to go.
There’s another pest that’s sure to be watching you from the grasses and trees, and they just might be Fido’s biggest fan. Ticks.
Your vet is sure to have recommendations but if you’re looking for simple and inexpensive options then you can find simple home remedies that people swear by. Prevention beats the pains of infestation anyway.
Beat the Heat
These long, sunny days outdoors are bursting with fun! Dogs are always game for a good time but their hydration requires some special consideration. That fresh mountain air gets those dogs excited. Add in the summer sun and overheating happens all too easy. Keep their thirst at bay by bringing plenty of drinking water and plan longer hikes around cool lakes and creeks. If the heat or exertion is going to be intense then bring along an old towel you can wet with water and have them lay on.
When you pick your campsite show your furry friend some love by finding a spot with ample shade. You want to make sure that pups have a cool refuge during the hottest part of the day so guesstimate the sun’s direction between noon and six. If you’d rather be safe than sorry pick up a tarp. You can keep your pets happy with a simple DIY canopy or shelter that will be dry and cool whatever the time may be (kids will love it too!).
Some dogs are obedient and require little supervision. Then there are ones that are on a mission to spread insanity and chaos. It’s all too easy for campers and wildlife to feel disturbed by a new and unknown animal so take responsibility for your dog’s behavior.
Remember that the outdoors are brimming with new sights, sounds, and smells that leave your dog aching to run and explore. Cut back on the canine craziness by giving them the chance to roam around as soon as the tent’s pitched. They’ll satisfy their curiosity, you’ll find tinder for a fire, and you’ll both get your legs stretched out from the drive over.
Whether your dog be a loyal companion or a curious troublemaker, a bell is always a great investment. Simply loop it around their collar and you’ll be able to gauge where they are at all times. Thanks to their jingly tune you can put a stop to the trouble of canine curiosity before it even starts. Fellow dog-wary campers are sure to appreciate knowing their whereabouts too.
This one is pretty obvious but it’s one of the most important. Identification is a must with exciting, unfamiliar, and open territory. Double check dog tags to make sure your address and phone number are up to date. While you’re at it, take a good picture of your pup. Bells and tethers should prevent wandering off but it’s smart to have something to show to other campers just in case.
Gas Up And Go!
Now you’re ready to bring canine camping to a whole new level so get out there and find the next best camp spot!
Ash Stevens is a gardener, a writer, and a fan of all things green. Her love for health and sustainability began with her journey into motherhood, and it’s grown exponentially ever since. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. If she isn’t writing or reading up on exciting green trends, she’s probably playing Connect Four or swimming in the river with the kids. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.