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Q: Any hints or ideas for camping with a dog?

May 18, 2008 | By Amanda H. | 11 answers | Expired: 2311 days ago

Amanda H.

I have a 6 month old Pointer/Heeler X puppy. She is well on her way to being a great dog, housebroken and obeys well. She is still not the best at totally sleeping though the night. My husband and I are huge campers and we really want to be able to take her with us on our tent camping trips. Does anyone have any ideas for taking a puppy in a tent or being in campgrounds with a dog? Any advice would be appreciated.

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May 23, 2008

I believe in crating when camping. Start by having the crate at home and leaving it open so your dog can become used to it. I put a pad in it or a towel, favourite blanket etc in bottom on it for comfort. They learn crate means down time. Its safety for the dog as well. No tearing thru the tent. You can either put crate in tent of slightly leave tent door open enough to view her. ALso a favourite toy is a good thing. They adjust quickly. Praise the dog alot when she goes into it. It soon becomes a fun place. Crate can be a great thing for training and safety. Our dog doesn't mind hers at all. Dont ever use it as punshiment please.It will take some training at home and lots of love and patience but you will be glad you have done it. We even use it with our cats. Better to be safe then sorry for sure. Hope this helps you. Happy Camping. Pets and Camping are wonderful!

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Ashley T.
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May 20, 2008

I took my dogs camping, and I just tied them out on a chain that screwed into the ground and they slept by the fire. But barking was somewhat of a problem, but if its a puppy, I would just bring them into the tent to sleep with you. You could maybe put the puppy into the car at night to sleep.

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Gimpie512
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May 20, 2008

We have camped with our cocker spaniel since she was a pup, she is almost 12, and not at all healthy, but still loves to go camping. I would suggest using a kennel at night. Puppies like to chew and could chew through the tent. Also, if you leave her along in the tent, leave a radio for her. This will help drown out unfamiler noices. Keep her on a leash at all times because you don't know about other dogs. Also, don't let her out alone at night, if you are camping in a wooded area, wild animals could be near, like raccoons or worse yet bears. Have fun, she will love it. Hope this was helpjul

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Katie K.
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May 19, 2008

I have a black lab. He a dog now a pretty obedient but he loves to bark at other dog and chase anything moving. Make sure to bring a tie-out and hook it around a tree. Make sure its back away from the main road; and nothing is in its way in-case your puppy see another dog it wants to play with. As for the sleeping probleme; tire him out during the day and have him sleep close to you at night. Do your best to block out outer nosie and bring a bed that he sleeps on at home. hope this helps!

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Marta J.
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May 19, 2008

If you can take along whatever she usually sleeps on or in, that would let her know that your sleeping there. Otherwise she may think it's time to go home when night comes and you won't get much sleep. That goes for whenever you sleep away from home. Also bring along a long rope or retractable leash so when she needs to go potty she'll have space to move around. Have a great time!

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margaret  m.
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May 19, 2008

we have a german shorthaired pointer that we camp with. We mainly go to state parks that are very dog friendly and only require proof of rabies and being on a leash. They also provide poop bags. We bring collapsable dog dishes and his bed if he has one. Otherwise he is right between the 2 of us when we sleep which i really don't mind but it doesn't leave much room,lol. If you are in bear country beware that they can smell them coming when you can't and my dog was ready to rip himself out of the tent. So there I am in pitch dark with the dog jumping into the truck, (to protect the dog, not me, lol). A couple of minutes later here come 2 sets of glowing eyes coming down the drive. The dogs do scare them away though. Might sound like a contradiction. Going camping with my dog is one of the pleasures in my life. We walk, walk, walk, swim, hang out. All alot of fun and they love it. Enjoy!

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amy m.
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May 19, 2008

my $.02 worth...
i would go online before you leave to find the local emergency clinic- print out directions from the campground and the phone number.
i recommend a x-pen, it is more comfortable than 'tying out'. (i put up a shade canopy over it.) extra dog only towels,
temporary tags with the campground info on it and your cell phone number, a first aid kit (make sure you have a fresh bottle of peroxide in case you need to induce vomiting), lots of poop bags and a good chew toy to entertain them when you cannot.

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Christine
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May 19, 2008

I agree with everyone else's answers so far too, to bring something from home, food, water, ID tags, leashes, collars, etc. I also recomment a tie-out if you want to keep your dog outside but tied up, a nice long one would be nice. Also, do you have your dog on any flea preventative? That's a good idea, also the heartworm (Sentinol is great for both) and any shots your dog might need. They absolutely love it and love being with their owners, go for it!! :)

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Tebra B.
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May 19, 2008

Don't forget the pooper-scooper! When I took my dog out camping years ago, I would take her blankie with me, so she had a touch of "home away from home". Wipes will be helpful to clean all those leftover s'mores from the fur around your dog's mouth!

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Lynn C.
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May 19, 2008

Now is the best time to start taking your puppy camping. My husband and I take our two shepherds with us all the time. Make sure your dog has ID tags and is micro chipped just in case she gets lost. We find campgrounds on the internet that welcome pets and our two just love to sleep with us in our tent. I say go for it and enjoy.

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