How to Camp with your K9 Camper
Spring is here and it is time to pack our tents and hit the road! Will you bringing your dog along for the ride? Our fur legged hikers are a part of our adventure family and we want them to come along when exploring the great outdoors. But, just like kids, bringing dogs along comes with its unique set of challenges. We often travel with our hounds, and we can say from personal experience, bringing a furry creature with you can be both frustrating and full of mishaps. However, we are here to help by providing you a list of items that will make the experience easier on everyone when camping with your dog.
A Tent / Hammock
Just call me Captain Obvious but a tent / hammock is probably one of the most essential items you can bring along. Please be mindful, that my hammock experience is very limited, as such I will not comment on how to hammock camp with a dog. As for tents, it is important to remember to have a tent large enough for yourself, your tent mates and your dog. Before camping with your dog, make sure to introduce your dog to the tent so they are familiar with it once you are in nature. Also, remember to never leave your dog outside alone in a campsite, especially in areas that wildlife is very active.
Carrying a leash is actually part of the law in most public lands you will head to. Research where you are going, some places put specific restrictions on what kind of leash you can use. I strongly warn against retractable leashes, they do not give you enough control of your dog and can be potentially dangerous if they snap. A regular, old fashioned leash will do fine. As for collars vs. harnesses it really depends on the dog. I heard harnesses can make a dog pull more, but you don’t have to worry about them pulling themselves out of a collar. If you really want to go DIY on this subject, you can even make your own leash and collar out of paracord.
I love FlexWare, granted, it makes you look like you are glamping, but really who is going to be around to judge you while camping with your dog? Yogi bear? If you have something like a car or SUV, space and storage turns into a tetris puzzle and something as simple as a bowl needs to be condensed as much as possible. So FlexWare becomes a great solution, since it folds relatively flat. It also fits very well into backpacks, or dog packs. Talking about dog packs…