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Taking Your Dog or Cat Camping or Hiking

By Paradise Pet Resorts on

Before you head out on that camping trip with your dog or cat, make sure to do a little extra planning. If your dog or cat is used to camping, you already have half the battle conquered. Otherwise, you’ll have to figure out what kind of camping trip is best for your furry friend.

Car Camping or Back Country Camping

Car camping is a good place to start for a cat or dog who has never been camping. The campgrounds are not quite so wooded and feel more like a home setting because of noise from other campers. Back country camping may be a little different since you might be the only person and dog or cat camping out in a tent in the pitch black woods.

It’s important to check to see if your pets are allowed and whether they need to be on a leash. In most cases, you’ll want to keep your furry friend on a leash due to leash laws. However, if the area does allow off-leash pets, you must know your pet and how it reacts to other pets and wild animals. Yes, don’t forget the wildlife. Your dog could chase after it through the next state or could be injured or killed. Your cat could be injured or killed by wildlife.
Cat on a Leash in a Field

Always check with the area you are going to make sure your pet is welcome. Some places may welcome pets but could have areas where pets are not allowed. Either way, call the location or research it online to find out where your pet is allowed.

Is Your Pet Comfortable in an Outdoor Setting?

Your pet may not be comfortable in an outdoor setting. Before you leave for your trip, it’s a good idea to acclimate your pet to sleeping in a tent or an RV and to get familiar with the woods, beach or other areas you will be camping. If not, and you aren’t able to make day visits to get your pet used to the different environment, you should keep your pet leashed. If your pet enjoys chasing other animals, they should be kept on a leash, even if there isn’t a leash law.

Man Hiking With 2 Dogs

Keep in mind that a tent is very different than an RV when it comes to your pet. Even the smells in the RV are different than the smells in your home. Make your pets feel at home by bringing a favorite toy, blanket or your pet’s bed with you. If your pet is used to a crate, you might wish to bring your their create so it can feel secure. It’s also a good idea to have your pet crated while you are traveling – this is for your pet’s safety.

8 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe and Happy While Camping

Keeping your dog or cat safe means keeping an eye on them at all times. Some things to watch out for or to teach your pets include:

  1. Know which plants are poisonous to your pets – or don’t let them eat plants at all. It is normal for your cat and dog to be curious and eat grass and other plants. The ASPCA has lists of poisonous plants for cats and dogs.
  2. Teach your pets to have a strong recall.
  3. Know what to do if your pet runs away or gets lost.
  4. Always keep your dog or cat with you – don’t leave them alone in camp.
  5. Know how to administer basic first aid for your pet.
  6. Keep an eye on the weather, including the temperature of any asphalt, concrete, or dirt trail. Remember, your pets are barefoot!
  7. Bring plenty of water for your pets to ensure they stay hydrated, especially if your pets are hiking with you.
  8. When you keep your pets safe and plan your trip ahead of time, you could have some of the best fun you’ve ever had when you take Fido or Kitty camping with you.

Woman Camping

Additional Resources

Camping with your pets is a great way to strengthen your bond with them, while you both relax and enjoy some fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery. We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare to camp with your furry family members. If you prefer to rest assured knowing that your animal is safe and well-cared while you travel solo, call our team at Paradise Pet Resorts or submit our website form below to make a pet boarding reservation.