For many of us, a weekend camping trip wouldn’t be complete without our Labradoodles. Our dogs are members of the family, so why shouldn’t they join in on the fun? We recently went on a camping trip with our dogs in tow. We had a wonderful time, but the key to any successful trip is preparation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a camping trip with your Labradoodles.
Planning Your Camping Trip
Before packing up, make sure your destination allows dogs. While most campgrounds are Fido-friendly, some parks only allow dogs in certain areas. Check to make sure the surrounding trails permit dogs and review the leash regulations. For ideas, check out http://www.gopetfriendly.com/ for a list of pet-friendly campsites.
Verify that your Labradoodle is up-to-date on heartworm preventative and all required vaccinations. Since you’ll be out in the wilderness, it would be a good idea to apply flea and tick preventative. Also, get a copy of your dog’s recent veterinary records and bring your vet’s phone number with you, in case of an emergency. Finally, make sure your dog’s ID tag shows you current contact information.
Packing for Your Labradoodle
Pack enough food, water, and treats for your dogs. In fact, bring a little extra, just in case. Your pups will appreciate it. It’s a good idea to bring an extra collar and leash – you never know when you might need it. If you’d like, bring a stake and long line so your dog can roam freely in a designated area. Some dogs prefer to sleep in a crate at night, so feel free to bring it, along with any additional bedding your dog might need. Do your best to make your dog’s accommodations feel like home.
Even though you’re in the woods, be courteous to others by bringing along bags to pick up waste. Bring and brush, tick key, baby wipes, and towels for cleanup. When you’re on the road, accidents happen, so it’s good to have a basic First Aid kit that includes bandages, swabs, aspirin, Kwik Stop, nail clippers, Benedryl, and peroxide.
Tips for the Campsite
When you arrive, choose a campsite that offers some shade for your Labradoodle, especially if it’s hot. On the other hand, if it’s cold, make sure your dog is sheltered from the weather. If it’s very chilly, you can bring along a doggie jacket and extra blankets for snuggling.
While camping, always make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water. All human and dog food should be kept in a sealed container that won’t attract critters. Never leave your dogs unattended at the campsite and bring in the tent or RV at night so they don’t wander off and get lost.
Labradoodles are loveable creatures, but remember that not everyone loves dogs like we do. When hiking the trails or using community facilities, make sure your dogs respond to verbal commands. If not, keep your dogs on leash, so that everyone can enjoy the camping experience.
I hope these tips will help you have a successful camping trip with your dogs. If you’re interested in learning more about Labradoodles, feel free to explore our website or contact us any time!