Taking your dog camping can be both a fun and rewarding experience for dog and pet parents alike. Going on hikes, splashing through streams, and finding the best sticks in the wood… showing your dog life outside the back garden can fuel their soul, courage and sense of adventure.
Now, before you embark on your wild travels, here are some tips for camping with your dog to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for you little (or big!) buddy.
Benefits of camping - for you and your canine friend!
- Fresh air - fresh air is excellent for clearing the mind and revitalising the nervous system, boosting positive mental health and overall wellbeing for both you and your pup.
- Bonding - situational bonding can be extremely effective; experiencing new environments and challenges with your dog can help build a greater sense of trust and connection.
- New experiences / stimulating play for your pooch - offering a new environment to your dog, somewhere with new sights and sounds and smells, can be a wonderfully stimulating experience for them, and keep your pup interested for longer periods of time
In fact, if you’re considering embarking on an adventure with your dog, you may want to check out our blog on planning a dog friendly road trip in Australia here.
What to know when camping with your dog
While camping can be super exciting, it is also important to recognise that this will be a big change in routine and environment for your pooch. Which is why it’s so important to be prepared before you lace up your hiking boots.
Here’s some quickfire tips for ensuring your camping experience is as enjoyable as possible.
- Creating a safe campsite - if the campsite does not already have a built-in fence or secure perimeter, keep track of your dog’s whereabouts. Especially if there are any areas nearby such as large woods or open water that may pose a threat if your dog were to run off. It is also important to think about where your dog will sleep when camping.
- Tent etiquette - if you’re wondering ‘are dogs okay in tents?’ here’s the short answer: if using a tent, be sure that it is suitably secured and comfortable for your dog. Also be wary of temperature, as tents can get very hot or very cold depending on the weather.
- Weather - be prepared for all the elements; plenty of water and towels for wet and muddy paws!
- Grounding and calm time - with all the stimulation of a new environment, it’s important to ensure your pup gets some calm time. This’ll help to ground them and allow them to chill out for a while, so they don’t over-exert themselves or get overwhelmed.
- Fire safety - if you plan on having a campfire or cooking outdoors, be extremely wary of your dog around open flames and heated equipment.
- Dangerous plants and other animals - you may not be able to scout every inch of the campsite, but have a good look round to ensure there isn’t any immediate danger (such as poisonous plants or evidence of large groups of animals that may be chased/hunted by your dog - and vice versa!)
- Watch for 1080 bait - 1080 bait, which is otherwise known as sodium fluoroacetate, is a highly toxic pesticide and is extremely dangerous for dogs. It’s used in some parts of rural Australia as a form of pest control, and although these areas should be clearly signposted, it’s always better to be overly cautious. The best form of protection is to give these regions a wide berth and if that’s not possible, muzzle your dog with a muzzle that prevents them from eating anything off the floor.
Canine camping accessories and must-haves
As well as all the essential dog camping accessories - food and water bowls, treats, plenty of blankets and towels, first aid kit, etc - the number one priority when navigating an unfamiliar environment with your dog is safety.
Luckily, we have just the thing…our very own top accessories for camping with a dog!
If you’re looking for safe and reliable dog camping gear to take with you on your adventures, our specially designed 4Pooch control harness ensures the safety, comfort and happiness for your four legged friend, offering plenty of scope for serious sniffing!
- Fully adjustable straps for the best fit
- 3 Points of lead attachment
- Reflective stitching for visibility in all weather conditions
- Buckle neck strap for easy on/off motion for your dog
- Lightweight design for keeping your dog cool & comfortable
- H-style straps to keep your dog more secure
- Includes a connector lead to reduce twisting of the harness while training
- Made of strong webbing with a reflective stitching for safe walking at night or in inclement weather
Just looking for a lead? No problem! We also offer a lightweight and reflective nylon webbing 4Pooch Multi-Function Lead which comes in three sizes and can be used in different ways, offering top control whilst walking with your pup.
Dog friendly places to camp in Australia
Not sure where to start on your search for the perfect campsite for you and your doggo? We did some scouting and found some of the best dog-friendly camping sites in Australia to get you started:
- Tathra Beachside, NSW
- Reflections Moonee Beach, NSW
- Heritage Caravan Park, NT
- BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut, QLD
- Best Friend Holiday Retreat, VIC
- Warner Glen Campground, Margaret River, WA
We’d also recommend checking out the WikiCamps Australia app. This is a fantastic app that costs only a minimal amount, but offers a huge database of dog friendly campsites for you to discover. We rate it 5 stars!
We always love to see what you and your furry friend get up to on your travels and days out, so don’t forget to tag us @pittapatta_dog_boutique in pics of your adventures!
Who knows, you may even inspire other pooch owners to go exploring!