GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted March
29th, 2022

You Take Your Dog Camping?

Happy Camper Blog

Dogs are part of the family, so naturally, many people want to
bring them along on their camping trips. In fact, according to the 2021 North
American Camping Report sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), finding a
campground that allows pets and has pet areas is a top consideration for
nearly 30 percent of the campers surveyed. Here are a few tips on how to make
sure your camping trip is as much fun for your furry family member as it is
for you:

Evaluate your dog’s

Are they comfortable in new surroundings? Will they be
comfortable encountering other people and pets and maybe even some wildlife?
If you’re not sure, you may want to do a trial run by taking a day trip

Find a dog-friendly

Just because it’s an outdoor activity, doesn’t mean pets are
allowed. Before you show up with your furry friends, make sure your
campground allows dogs. Many campgrounds offer special areas and services for
pets. Some campgrounds have dog parks and fenced exercise areas, agility
courses and pet grooming facilities. Some even have kennels and dog walking
services so you can take day trips away from the campground without worrying
about leaving your dog alone. Check with your campground in advance to find
out what types of facilities and services they offer.

Pack well.

Make a list of the things your dog normally uses, including food,
a dog bed, treats and toys as well as any prescription medication they may be
taking. Some manufacturers offer special products for traveling with dogs
such as packable dog beds and collapsible food and water bowls. There are even
special first aid kits made for dogs. It’s also a good idea for your dog to
have a reflective leash or harness for better nighttime visibility, and if
you’ll be hiking on rough terrain, think about using paw protectants or
booties. And, of course, make sure you bring a good supply of dog waste

Be prepared.

Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and has
protection from fleas and ticks. Bring along your vaccination and vet records
and double-check to make sure the contact information linked to your dog’s
microchip is current. Also make sure your dog has an ID tag on its collar and
that you have a good photo on hand to use in case he or she gets lost. You
might also want to do a little research ahead of time to find the name,
number and location of the closest emergency vet, just to be

Check local

Before you leave on your trip, familiarize yourself with any local
leash requirements and barking ordinances and whether your campground has any
size/breed restrictions for pets or other rules or guidelines you need to

Traveling with your dog can be a very fun and rewarding experience
for the whole family. All it takes is a little planning. To start researching
your campground options, visit
GoCampingAmerica.com and use the “Plan Your
Route” feature. When your search results come up, click on “Add filter” and
check “Pet Friendly” under the “Lifestyles” section. Book your favorite
choice online then enjoy your adventures with your favorite canine