A Guide To Camping With Your Dog

As some of you may know, I love to take my dog with me on my weekend camping trips. However, at first, I was a little hesitant to take her with me because there were so many unanswered questions that I had about camping with dogs.

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Lucky for you guys, I have decided to compile a list of answers to those questions, so you don’t have to go digging around camping forums as I did.

Can you take your dog camping with you?

This is an easy one. Of course, you can take them camping with you in most places, however, if you are going to a dedicated campsite that has their own rules, you will need to check with them first.

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If you are just going camping in the woods, or even in the desert, you should be fine to do as you please. Just make sure that you check with any landowners first if it is private land.

Check your dog’s vaccinations

As with any vacation, if you decide to take your dog with you, you will need to make sure that all of their vaccinations are up to date.

It would also be wise for you to take something to protect them from things such as fleas and ticks.

What to pack

Here is a list of some of the things that you may want to pack for your dog:

  • Dog food
  • Water for them to drink
  • Their favorite chew toy
  • A dog leash
  • A tether to keep them secure while you set up your camp
  • Poop Bags

You can find out more info on what to take with you on our main camping checklist

Protect your dog from wildlife

Depending on where you choose to go camping, you may encounter some dangerous wildlife such as bears and mountain lions.

To protect your furry friend, make sure that you never leave them unattended when outside your tent.

On the flip side, you also want to make sure that your dog does not attack or scare any of the local wildlife. If you want to enjoy watching that deer going about its business, then leave the dog in the tent so they want bark or chase after it.

Make sure they get plenty of exercise

Just like at home, your dog will want to go on their daily walks.

Be sure that you take them on their usual morning/evening walk so that they get the need amount of exercise. This will also help them stay asleep on a night as they will be too tired to be barking at the random unknown noises that come with camping outside.

Selecting the right tent

The last tip that I am going to give you is this. Choose the right tent for your dog.

When it comes to camping out with your dog, the choice of the tent that they stay in is going to be very important.

I suggest that you check out my in-depth guide to choosing a dog camping tent


Taking a dog camping is a really good experience and can also strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

I hope this guide was helpful. If you have any other questions related to doggy camping, feel free to contact me via the contact us page.