Taking your dog for a hike? Going camping this summer? Great idea! But first, be sure you and your dog are prepared for the upcoming trek. Here are a few tips for taking your dog on a camping trip or summer hike.
Expect the Unexpected
Although you can probably expect temperate weather, summer trips can mean unpredictable highs and lows. That means be prepared for what you’re not expecting and pack knowingly. Tarps for keeping dry and extra towels are a good idea for any trip and if unexpected rain arrives, you won’t be caught stuck in the rain. The same goes for unexpectedly warm weather as well. And in this case, being stuck on a hike or camping trip with an overheated pet can be far worse than having a soggy doggy.
Each year, pet owners are caught in the terrible position of dealing with an overheated pet. Hot temperatures and not enough water can be a deadly combination. Even if your pet is drinking water it still can result in your dog being overly warm. Be sure to pack plenty of water. In addition to this, keep an eye out for strange behavior coming from your dog. If you’re hot, your dog probably is too. Also, have a place for your dog to rest in the shade and do what you can to help keep your canine cool – he’ll thank you for it later!
Toys, Toys, Toys
Although sand dunes and forest fields provide endless amount of distractions for your dog, bring something for them to play with anyway. As you may know, dogs can get both easily distracted and easily bored with a task. Having a bone on hand for the down time will keep your dogs attention where it should be and not on everything else.
Bring the Leash
Sure, you’re dog is excellent at the dog park or in your back yard off leash but being in a new environment can be distracting. When you travel, be sure to bring your dog’s leash. It will come in handy when your dog decides it wants nothing more than to entertain the family eating dinner nearby, or when they decide to go on a squirrel-chasing escapade.
Don’t forget the essentials like dog food, water, and poop bags. Additionally, try to provide some bedding for your pet that he will be comfortable sleeping on. Many traveling dog owners bring a crate to contain all the dog energy when it becomes overbearing at night time, or just a little too much overall.