With a dog under the tent. What to prepare for?
Hello summer, let’s go to nature! Are you also looking forward to setting up your tent again and enjoying an evening under the starry sky? If you have decided that your four-legged buddy will be assisting you this year, look through the following recommendations to help you save on worries on the go
Attention, trip test!
It sounds like an unnecessary delay, but if you are heading under a tent with your dog for the first time, be sure not to skip this phase. A rustling tent full of strange odors can scare any dog coward. Therefore, unpack the tent before the trip. Hide treats in it and let your dog get used to this space in peace. If you have the opportunity, try a training night in the garden before leaving. Among other things, you will find out if you can all fit into the tent. You have to count the dog as an extra person. You'll probably feel pretty cramped in a tent for two.
Most importantly, be safe
Your doggie may not be afraid, but the night sounds of nature can awaken his hunting instincts. Make sure the dog will not get out of the tent without your knowledge, and prepare a safe place for him to calm down with familiar odors. It can be a bed, kennel or a travel box. Also his favorite toys or something good to chew may help. In short, anything that will save you from the night full of barking.
Your four-legged buddy will not be welcomed everywhere with open arms. Therefore, make sure in advance that the campsites and campgrounds where you plan to sleep are suitable for you. Also, don't forget the leash and muzzle and plan your activities well so that your doggie doesn't get bored. Add time to rest to your plan. Dogs are conservative animals and love their stereotype. Traveling is a burden for them. Therefore, let them sleep well also on the trip.
Add the dog's list to your own travel list. No one will probably forget the food, water and bowls. But add a first aid kit for dogs to your backpack, including tweezers for ticks (it may also be useful for you) and possibly antiparasitics, if your doggie does not use them continuously. Pack also a vaccination card, a favorite toy, a towel, a bed or sleeping bag for a dog, a dog poop bag (you will use these, especially if you are going to sleep in a campsite). Don't forget the headlamp and the dog may need a collar light.
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But the most important piece of advice is clear: enjoy the trip! A trip with a dog can be a challenge, but if you stress out, your doggie will also be tense. Therefore, prepare well in advance so that you can forget about all worries in nature.