Summer is a wonderful time to head outdoors. It is the best time to go camping, and it is more fun when you take your furry friend along. Camping is a great way to improve your dog’s health and strengthen the bond between the two of you. However, preparing your dog for camping needs a bit of planning and training. This summer holiday season, use these five simple tips if you are thinking of heading out with your pooch.
- Increase stamina with exercise
You need to help build your dog’s endurance level. Exercise is the best way to get your dog in shape. Too much stress or physically grueling activities such as hiking can affect your dog’s joints. Start building your dog’s stamina by taking him for long walks. Follow this up with brisk walks coupled with some simple exercises such as climbing up and down the stairs or chasing a frisbee in the park.
- Pick a destination based on your dog’s personality
Every dog has a personality. While some are relaxed and like to lounge around, others are athletic and full of energy. Figure out your dog’s energy levels and preference by taking him out on a few picnics in the park or for a short daytrip. This will help you get an idea of your dog’s outdoor behavior and plan your destination and trip accordingly.
- Train your dog to follow recall commands
While camping with your dog, it is important that he understands and follows reliable commands such as ‘leave it’ and ‘stop’ to control him from getting into any risky situation. During camping, there might be unsafe encounters such as with snakes and other wild animals. Since dogs are curious, they might chase, bark, or even pick something in their mouth while on the trail. Your recall training has to be strong enough to stop your dog from doing any such actions.
- Keep a bug spray and tick powder handy
Taking care of your dog’s fur health is very important while camping. It is important to have a bug spray and tick powder to keep your dog’s fur healthy and free from fleas and ticks. While camping, your dog might run through tall grasses and shrubs; ensure you check his fur for ticks and insects regularly. Also, get your dog medicated for heartworms and ensure his tick medication is up to date before you head out to the campsite.
- Carry provisions for your dog
Your dog needs proper nutrition to stay healthy and happy during the entire camping session. Be sure to carry an extra water bottle and collapsible or lightweight food bowl. Your furry companion needs sufficient sleep and rest to enjoy the camping experience. Ensure to make proper sleeping arrangements for your dog. Carry a small sleeping pad and blanket to make a cozy sleeping and resting spot. It is also ideal to carry a leash or a collar and a first aid kit.
Once you have these simple essentials in place, you can have a good camping experience with your dog. These outdoor trips will make your dog healthy while creating happy memories for both of you to cherish for a lifetime!