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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2007, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Camping Anyone?

Any happy campers out there?

I'm hoping that all the veteran puppy/dog owners out there can give me some tips on taking a puppy camping. With two boys it hard to avoid going camping and tis the season to break out the tents! I have never taken a dog camping before because my dear little Maltese was quite a yapper and just wasn't suited for the outdoors. She would usually stay with my Mom.

Callie will be 5 months by the time we go and I really would like to take her with us. I figured I would expose her to as much as possible as early as safe but I don't want her to be miserable. What do ya'll think? Good idea? Or do I let her visit Grandma?

Any and all feedback would be appreciated.

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Callie would probably love to go along! What dog wouldn't?

First, make sure your destination allows dogs. What requirements do they have (shot records, etc.)?

What activities are you planning that she can participate in? If you're sightseeing, etc. without her, then it's not fun for her and, personally, I would be uncomfortable leaving my pup unattended in a strange place.

Will she need any new vaccinations due to the area you're headed?

Does she have an ID tag with your cell phone number on it?

Is she microchipped and wearing a microchip tag? Is the microchip registered with accurate info including your cell number? (She should have this anyway, even if she doesn't go with you.)

Does she have a travel bag of her own (bug-proof food storage and treat container, food/water bowls, toys, travel bed, poop bags, paw wipes, first aid kit, brush, comb, lightweight folding water bowl for hikes/outings, towels/rags for cleanups, spare leash).

Does she have a travel crate or canine seatbelt to ride safely in the car?

If you're going to do a lot of walking, do you need or have a pet backpack or stroller to give her rest periods during your outings? Carrying her in your arms may not be feasible or may become uncomfortable for her - or you.

If your campsite does not have a lot of shade, do you have a shade blanket or sun umbrella to put up so she can have a cool spot to rest, in the open air?

That's all I can remember right now. We used to camp several times a year and our dogs LOVED it. Being prepared made our trips all the more enjoyable for everyone.

I hope your family and Callie have a GREAT time!

Wanda :-)
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We camp several times a year with our two girls. They love it. I keep them in a puppy cut primarly because we do camp with them. We try to stick to campgrounds that have grassy sites but can't always have that option so shorter hair works best.

Wanda pretty much covered all the necessary stuff. I do bring some first aid items just in case.

I bought a rolling groomers tote that I pack all their things in (treats, bowls, toys, blankets, harnesses, leashes, etc.). Thier frozen food goes in the cooler with ours.

We have a pop-up tent trailer so we set that up, roll a large mat down outside and set up one or two ex-pens so that when we are outside the camper, so are the girls. When we go sightseeing they go along, strapped into the back seats of the van.

It works out well and it's much more fun for us to have them along.

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We only went once and the dogs were a little too loud for a good sleep in an actual tent. But one thing you might want to try is a battery operated fan. They have a nice one at Walmart in my area. I bought a few for dog shows to keep Dora cool when we are outside and waiting to go in the ring. The white noise often helps them relax.

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We camp with our beagle Quincy....he loves it!

We have a doggy sleeping bag I found at TJMaxx. It's just a dog bed that squishes up into a sleeping bag like carrier bag. Great. We have a 3 room tent and he sleeps in our room next to us.

We also pack a lead with a stake so he can roam around while we're at our campsite. Dogs are required to be on leashes at campsites. We make sure it's just long enough so if he has to go out in night we can unzip and let him go.

He knows not to bark too much.

I love camping. Well, my family loves camping and I love them so I go. But Quincy really enjoys it too. We usually camp at a lake so we can boat also so we bring the collapsible bowl to fill with water for the boat.

I am so hoping our havanese would enjoy it as well. I'm also hoping that our havanese will swim. Quincy never wanted to swim. He lays on the boat while we're all enjoying the water.

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