Safety Guidelines for Dogs in Campsites

Let your dog stay hydrated.

Always provide water and shade to your dog to prevent overheating during a trip. Observe your canine pet for any signs, like too much panting, and take water breaks regularly while hiking or doing other activities. Never let your dog drink from a puddle, pond or any still water. This can hold bacteria, viruses and bacteria that cause sickness or grave illness. Treat your pet as you would do yourself by giving the clean water you have packed, or purifying the water you have collected.

Always stay in charge of your dog.

Majority of campsites require pet owners to have some kind of control over their dogs, whether they are in a portable pen, crate or tied on a lead. It is best to tie your dog's leash to a harness instead of a collar, especially when your dog is fond of bolting and running after things such as wildlife. This is because dogs can get seriously harmed when their collar does not break once they reach the rope's end at their maximum speed. Whenever your dog runs wild, a harness ensures that the risk of an injury is minimized.

When you keep your dog restrained, you prevent it from mingling with dangerous wildlife, including skunks, venomous snakes and porcupines. If you are not happy about restraining your dog, think about the consequences in case your dog runs after an unwanted critter while you are not watching.

Control the level of noise

The constant barking of a dog, just like loud music, bothers other campers, as well as the wildlife. If ever your dog continues to bark at everything it sees, try to divert his attention by playing tricks and giving treats (this is the reason for packing some). If your dog gets distressed by people or wildlife close by, bring him to a tent together with some treats to block the view of anyone or anything that triggers it until he stays calm.

Make him feel warm during nighttime.

Providing your dog with a fur coat doesn't prevent the cold when the temperatures drop at night. Keep his pad/pillow from getting wet from the ground by placing it on a canvas, and provide a sweater or more blankets as needed. Cuddling is indeed another option!

Whenever possible, let your dog stay inside the tent.

If possible, let your dog stay with you inside the tent. There are lots of critters at night, and certainly you wouldn't want your dog to mingle with such creatures like raccoons, skunks, and depending on your location, bears. Since your dog has a strong sense of smell and hearing, he will still be aware of what is happening outside the tent. However, you should maintain a barrier between him and unwanted animals that explore your campsite at night. This way, there is a right balance between letting him serve as an alarm system and protecting him from harm.

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