Camping is great fun to do with your dog no matter what time of the year it is. But in the summer there are some special considerations that you might not have as much in the cooler parts of the year. These things can cause your dog problems if not handled correctly.
Your dog needs to be up on all his vaccinations before your camping trip. Also this allows the vet to give him a checkup. A sick dog should not go on a trip with you. The pooch should also be on heartworm preventative since mosquitoes will be out in great numbers depending on where you are going camping. They are after all, the transmitter of the disease.
The flea and tick preventative you use should be applied about a week before camping if it is a top-spot type application. If you are using a spray put it on the dog before leaving home take this with you in case you need to reinforce the protection. Summer is a big time for fleas and ticks so please follow this information to protect your pet.
Another important thing to know when camping with your dog do not leave it alone in the camper with it all closed up and think the air conditioner will stay on. The electricity at the campgrounds can always go off at peak times. Also your air conditioner itself could malfunction. If you must leave your dog in your camper make sure there are windows and vents open for air and do not be gone long. A quick trip to the store is all it should be. A great solution is your dog’s very own dog camping crate; these are soft sided crates made from very durable material that are not easily torn with plenty of windows for ventilation.
If you are tent camping though you should never leave your dog unattended under any circumstances. You do not know what could happen. Strangers could come around and the dog could attack trying to protect or they might harm the dog in some way. Also wild animals could intrude and cause a problem. So keep your dog with you if you have to go off from the site.
Have its collar with rabies tag on the dog. Also have a leash with you. Most campgrounds require a leash be no longer than 6 feet long. This is long enough for the dog to romp while short enough for you to maintain control of him.
Take the dog’s normal food and dishes for it to eat from it will feel more at home. If you are tent camping store the food out of predators range like the other food you have brought. If camping with a camper keep your food stores inside to keep them safe. Make sure with it being so warm that your dog gets enough water to drink.
Teach the dog to be a good camper. This means it should not bark unless there is a very good reason. If your dog is too noisy you could be asked to leave the campground. This will spoil the good time you and your pooch could have.
Beware of any wildlife do not let your dog go snooping around the ducks, geese or other creatures it could come across camping. These creatures could attack your canine companion and hurt it. This especially goes for snakes if they are in the area. So be on watch and keep your dog safe from this danger and the other summer hazards that can be encountered while camping.Information provided by Sharon Harris of Oh My Dog Supplies, the top place to find dog collars & leashes online.