When you’re heading on a family camping trip, chances are you’ll be out exploring the area throughout the day, so you need to think about how your dog will fit into these plans.
Whether you’re heading to local beaches, going hiking or visiting local attractions, it’s important to keep them under control and ensure they are safe in hazardous environments. You also need to keep things safe from them too! You should always keep your dog on their lead where requested, as there’s usually a pretty good reason for the request like ground-nesting birds or other wildlife they may upset. You should also follow any restrictions, like sticking to designated dog-friendly areas of the beach.
When you let your dog off the lead, be aware that even dogs who have good recall can get distracted by new sights and smells. Carry their favourite tasty treats with you, and make sure you do lots of recall when you first let them off- they’ll soon realise they’re better off staying close.
You also need to be respectful of other people and dogs. If you see people who look nervous approaching your dog or other dogs on leads, make sure you put your back on the lead until you’ve passed them. And, it goes without saying that if your dog goes to the toilet on the trail, make sure it gets picked up.
For long walks, don’t forget to pack water and a collapsible drinking bowl, and make sure you offer them a drink regularly, especially in warmer weather when they can quickly overheat.