Camping with Dogs
When camping with dogs the owner must take full responsibility for the animal's behaviour. Camping can be a fun adventure for the whole family - dogs included but you should take into consideration the following pointers:
* Always have your dog id-tagged in some way. Often people will make a temporary tag with the campsite/accommodation address on it, in case the dog runs into the surrounding area. Micro-chipping is also a popular option.
* Always pick up and dispose of any dog droppings.
* Ask your vet about the area you are travelling too and see if there are any additional health risks for your dog.
* Be aware of what provokes an angry reaction from your dog and know how to deal with the situation.
* Be sure to keep your dog warm in cold weather (especially dogs with short/thin fur).
* Ensure that the dog doesn't annoy the other campers.
* Ensure you have a good quality leash that will withstand even an agitated dog.
* Even if your dog isn't prone to biting, take a muzzle on holiday with you. With a new environment and other animals in the area your dog may react uncharacteristically.
* If your dog doesn't respond well to humans or other dogs they may not be the best camping companion.
* Make sure the dog doesn't make unreasonable noise, especially at night when others are trying to sleep.
* Pack a rope or chain that you can tie your dog up with around the campsite. If it's long enough your animal will be able to enjoy a wide scope of the campsite but still be safely under control.
* Prevent the animal from jeopardizing the safety of any wildlife or person.
* Taking a bed with you is a great way to make your dog comfortable while away. It always brings a sense of familiarity to the new surroundings.
* You must prevent the dog from defecating in or near a water course.
* Your dog should be fully vaccinated before departing on your camping holiday because they may come into contact with unvaccinated animals.
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