Tips For Camping With Your Dog This Summer

We are off on our first camping trip of the year and I thought it would be a great time to share some tips! Camping with dogs can be a no-brainer for those that do it regularly, but for new dog owners or those new to camping it can be so daunting. 

"What if I forget something?" "What if he can't settle into the tent?" "What if we get there and our site doesn't allow dogs?" These are all questions and worries that raced through my mind last year when we went on our first camping trip with Breton, our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

I'm going to try to break it down for you so that you don't get stressed the day before, like I did!

After our first camping trip with Breton, we quickly realized he would need his own packing list and set of gear. We learned, over the course of that first weekend, some of the issues you can run into as well as some ideas, prep, and products that would make things easier. 

Before camping:

  1. Make sure the site you're booking is dog friendly
  2. Ensure your pup is on a flea/tick medication or preventative of some kind
  3. Locate the nearest vet in case of any emergencies

Optional: trial run in the backyard! Not all dogs are camping dogs, and not all of them will be comfortable with the tent right away


On to the fun stuff…

Essentials for camping with dogs:

  • Food, including an extra day or two worth of meals
  • Bowls
  • Treats!
  • Stake + long lead to keep you pup tied at the camp site, if needed
  • A chew or two to keep them occupied during down time (Breton loves Water Buffalo horns and the Lucky Dog Antler chew)
  • If you have a water dog or one that likes getting dirty, I highly recommend Biothane gear like this collar at Prairie Dog Collar Co
  • Vet Records (including up to date vaccines!)
  • ID Tag on your pup’s collar
  • Dog Poop Bags + your Olive and Hound Waste Pouch!
  • Bed or a blanket, to keep them off the dirty ground and especially if they get chilly at night (looking at you short haired doggos!)
  • Life jacket for your dog if you’ll be bringing them along for water sports!
  • First Aid kit
  • Extra collar and leash
  • Dust pan + broom (dogs pick up SO much dirt and twigs, then proceed to bring it into the tent)

I also like to bring a brush, tick comb, and nail clippers just in case.

One thing that I like to do when we first arrive at our camp site, after setting up the tent, is take Breton for a walk around the area. He definitely settles in a bit more after getting to know his surroundings!

As a final add in, we’ve been having a heat wave here in Manitoba so make sure you provide your dog with lots of water and shady spots to cool down!

You can bet i'll be outfitting Breton with our Scout bandana so he can camp in style. If you go camping with your pup this summer and have some tips to add, i'd love to hear them!

Kelsie + Breton