Camping with dogs

Camping can be a paradise for you and your dog with all the new walks, smells and friends they'll encounter, and all the views and amazing places you can visit. Wether it's woods, rivers, hills, fields or country lanes there is always something for you and your dog around the corner in the great outdoors. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your camping trip for both the four-legged and two-legged among you.

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Camping sites can get crowded so make sure your dog is secure. You don't want them wandering off and upsetting your neighbours or getting lost. Stakes are a great way to give your dog a bit of freedom but also let you know where they are. Make sure the area around the stake is clear of chairs, tables and tent ropes. If your dog decides to chase that squirrel he won't get far but everything else might end up in the air including your breakfast.

Take your dogs lead with you, and a spare just incase. Remember your dog must where a collar in a public place with your name and address written on it or engraved on a tag attached to it. You can be fined up to £5000 if your dog does not have an ID tag. Your dog still needs a tag even if they are micro chipped.

Get your dog micro chipped so if he does get lost he can be reunited with you, check the details are up to date before you leave and take the chipping companies information with you so you can inform them as quickly as possible. Please keep your dog on a lead if asked to do so and around livestock or cliff edges.

Cleaning up after your dog is not only good practice but also the law in public areas you could face a fine of up to £1000 for not scooping the poop. Always have a supply of bags on hand, a dispenser which can be clipped on to your dogs lead or your belt loop is a convenient way of carrying them. Most dog friendly sites have a bin for you dispose this waste. Don't use a bag to pick up the dog waste and then leave the bag.

Camping is synonymous with mud, take a supply of old towels or a dog drying cloth. Nobody wants to share a tent with that wet dog smell.

Most dogs love toys, the humble tennis ball, a squeaky shoe or a frisbee. Take a few of your dogs favourite toys to keep him entertained. Many of our dogs toys have ended up victims of drownings, low tree branches and dog on dog muggings so keep your dog happy and take a spare.

charlieTake your dogs usual bowls with you for meals at the campsite but consider taking portable water bottles and collapsible bowls with you when you are out and about. It is important that your dog stays hydrated especially on long journeys.

When travelling with your dog in the car make sure they are secure for your safety and their own. You will be less distracted if you know your dog is safe and an unrestrained dog could be thrown around a car if you have to stop suddenly.

If you plan on taking your dog on a beach check there are no restrictions first. Some don't allow dogs any time of year or in certain areas others don't allow dogs during the peak season usually May-September.

We have often found that the approach of autumn and the end of the long summer holidays is the ideal time to take your dog camping. Everywhere is quieter and the days are cooler, so you and your dog can make the most of the great outdoors.