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Q: travel dog in a tent?

January 25, 2009 | By Gleb S. | 18 answers | Expired: 2052 days ago

Gleb S.

Have you traveled and slept in a tent with your dog? How about wild life coming by at night? What if the dog gets reacted? I am thinking about summer travel/camping to Canada.

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Helen B.
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Feb 08, 2009

We camped with two of our dogs for a weekend. One hated it and one loved. Neither barked but they wanted in and out of the tent all night plus they could not find a comfortable place to sleep. We had to put them on a pet cable as well. Needless to say, that was our last camping trip.

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Peggy B.
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Feb 02, 2009

We used to camp with our golden and our lab mix here close to where we live. I remember one night the dogs were in the tent with us and Amy went crazy!! We heard something rumaging through our stuff and could see it's outline from the fire. It was a raccoon going after our dogfood!! We chased it off but it dragged the dogfood bag a while before it ran up a tree. Definitely keep the food in a plastic container of some kind with a tight fitting lid.

The down side is that the dog has to be chained at the camp site. If your dog barks a lot when you are out of sight this is not good.

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Marleydog
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Jan 28, 2009

I have had my dog in a tent on desert camping trips (as well as in the bed of our open truck prior to having a shell on it!). We have heard/seen wildlife outside our tent, but we made our dog feel safe and comfortable and he was able to relax. It was really amazing as he was protective and could be nervous. Good luck to you -- and I hope you enjoy your trip!

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Kim P.
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Jan 27, 2009

I have had no problems with our dog... and believe it or not he is very high anxiety! I feel safer with him in our tent, believe it or not...

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Erica C.
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Jan 26, 2009

I've always wanted to take my dogs hiking/camping too, but my boyfriend is afraid something will happen if we take them on an overnight trip! We've taken them hiking for a few hours during the day though- we have a great book about the locak hiking trails in NJ. I wonder how you could keep them safe at night...maybe pitch a stake in the ground right outside the tent and then bring the dogs/leashes inside, but so they're still secured with a 6 foot lead to the stake (in case they're inclined to go walking at midnihgt). I'm such a sound sleeper I might not hear it otherwise!

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Carol
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Jan 26, 2009

I took both of my dogs camping last summer. They had a blast!! I think all of the fresh air during the day made them sleep better that night.
I would recommend bringing along their bed or an old comforter, or buy an inexpensive air mattress, so they have somewhere soft to sleep, especially if they're used to sleeping on your bed.

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JSOAKLAWN
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Jan 26, 2009

Depending on the size and temperment of your dog, I would recommend crating your dog at night. A tent is relatively simple for a dog to tear down if he hears another animal outside, and you will end up under the tent with the possibility of your dog outside with the other animal.

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di
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di

Jan 26, 2009

I know that last summer we had a family that camped and floated the Illinois river. They left their family pet tied while off for the day, which is a state camp ground. When they came back the dog was gone, a boston. I think if I were traveling I would have a secure tent where the dog could NOT get out at night. I would travel with a portable crate for his safety and at all times have him tagged, ID chipped, what ever it takes, tatoo the ear with a phone no. something in case the animal and you get separated.
Forty years ago, we camped with our family pets, people did not steal things like today, and she was never left alone. With there being allot more people, different areas, and of course check out all things needed to keep on you for your dogs sake, health papers, etc. and what it takes to travel across the border.

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Dara H.
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Jan 26, 2009

Why not try to do some primative camping at a near by state park to see how your dog will react. This should help your dog get used to camping. Have fun and good luck...

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Kate L.
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Jan 26, 2009

i have camped several times with my dog and usually he is fine (especially if it's cold, he's a wimp so he'll just bury himself in the sleeping and sleep). he'll bark sometimes but he gets used to it. we had a bad experience last summer, though, we had only the screen doors zipped and he could see out. he heard a noise outside and started barking, then he ended up running right through the tent door, ripping a huge hole in it. i think we'll keep him leashed in the future so we can grab his leash as soon as he starts reacting to a noise outside.

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