Camping with a Dog

Taking your four-legged best friend dog camping is great fun

I enjoy getting away, just me and my beagle, Kunu. Camping with a dog is a unique experience and can enrich your outdoor experience and your relationship with your dog buddy.

If your pup is a city dog like Kunu the Beagle, most importantly, you need to know how they will respond to the outdoor environment. For instance, Kunu doesn’t do well at organized campgrounds because he’s afraid of bikes and barks and barks at them. Yes, his human is an avid cyclist but he still hates them. So instead, I book Hipcamps. it’s a great way to get away while staying on people’s private property.

Here are some tips for camping with a dog:

  • Do a trial run at home in the tent to be sure your dog will sleep in a tent and not destroy it.
  • Always leash your pup because it’s a new environment and they may not be able to resist exploring the new smells.
  • Have a way to keep your dog cool in the summer and warm in the cold weather. So, you may need to bring shade if you are camping in an open area or extra blankets to them warm.
  • Keep your dog away from the fire ring. They can smell that the fire is where the food is.
  • Be sure that your dog has access to plenty of drinkable water.
  • Bring a toy or chew treat. But, make sure you store any chew treats and dog food with your food stored so critters can’t get them. Never store any food items in your tent.
  • If your pup sleeps in a bed, bring their bed along. Air mattresses and sleeping pads are not meant for doggie claws.
  • Keep an eye out for allergies. Your pup may have sensitivity to something in the forest.
  • Be sure your dog knows the “Drop It” command so they do not accidentally eat something toxic.

Watch Camping with a Dog in action

Kunu the Beagle loves camping. Watch a calming video on our tent camping overnight at a Hipcamp near Louisville, Kentucky. Kunu the Beagle explore fields, trails and a pond. Relax next to a campfire for sleeping in a tent to nature sounds and awakening to a beautiful sunrise over a misty pond. Follow more adventures with Denise Looking Out on YouTube.