7 Tips for Camping with Your Dog
Love to camp in the Adirondacks, but don’t want to leave your family pooch at home? When you rent a campsite at Adirondacks Jellystone Park, you don’t have to! As a dog-friendly Adirondack campsite, we invite guests camping in a tent or RV to bring their dog along to join in on the camping fun! But if you haven’t camped with a dog before, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Always Check the Rules & Regulations of Your Campsite
Even though a campsite may be dog-friendly, it’s sure to have specific rules and regulations regarding how many dogs you can bring, what breeds it allows, and what areas dogs are allowed. Adirondacks Jellystone allows guests renting tent or RV campsites to have 1 dog per campsite, on a short leash, picked up after and supervised at all times. Rental units are not pet-friendly. If you intend to bring your dog, contact our office before arrival as some breeds may not be approved due to insurance regulations. Pets are allowed in guests’ personal RVs, camping trailers, and vehicles. Please do not bring pets into areas not designated for pets (all buildings, pool, playground, mini-golf, store, office or eating areas).
2. Pack a Puppy First Aid Kid
Just like every good boy scout, be prepared! Packing a pet first aid kit is hopefully something you will not have to used, but is important to have in case of an emergency situation! Your first-aid kit should include must-have items like a muzzle, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic wipes, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, medical bandages, and disposable gloves for you. It’s also recommended to bring copies of your dog’s vaccination records and health history incase of an emergency and you need to see a nearby veterinarian.
3. Stay Hydrated + Fed
Bringing food and water along for the humans? Don’t forget to pack food, water, and treats for your dog as well! Camping can exhaust a lot of energy for a pup, and scheduling regular food and water breaks throughout the day will make sure your dog stays nourished and happy amongst all your daily activities. A set of collapsible bowls is easy to transport and perfect for refueling mid-hike. Make sure to be mindful your dog isn’t drinking from natural bodies of water as many lakes and streams contain waterborne parasites that are not safe for your dog to drink!
4. Protect Your Dog’s Paws
No matter what time of the year your camping, you’re dog’s sensitive paws can be harmed by the elements. A pair of dog booties or toddler socks can protect your dog’s paws from snow in the winter or hot ground in the summer months. A an all-natural dog paw protection balm can also offer relievement to injured paws.
5. Don’t Forget the Sun Screen
Is this the first time your dog will be spending an extended period of time outside? Just like their human owners, dogs, too, can suffer from too much sun exposure. Light-colored dogs and breeds with thin hair are especially susceptible to sunburns. Apply sunscreen to your dog’s ears, nose, and exposed skin with special sunscreen manufactured for dogs, or use a store brand recommended by your veterinarian, as many human brands contains chemicals not suitable for your pup.
6. Supervise Your Dog at All Times
Just because your dog is well behaved at home does not mean it’s ok to let it run around on it’s own when you’re camping! Always have your dog on a short leash to keep your dog out of strangers’ campsites and out of trouble. Packing a tether and stake or portable crate is an easy way to keep your dog by you at all times while you’re doing an activity.
7. Clean Up After Your Dog
Make sure you follow the golden rule of camping and leave your campsite just as pristine as it was when you arrived! No one like accidentally stepping in doggy doodoo—make sure you bring a supply of disposable bags so you can pick up your dog’s waste and dispose of it in a proper receptacle. This also goes for things like you’re dog’s food, toys, and discarded packaging.
Book Your Family Camping Trip with Your Dog Today!
Bringing a dog along for the family camping trip can lead to great memories, but it does require some planning, preparation, and supervision. Just remember these seven tips for a successful pet camping trip when you stay at our Adirondacks campsite. Reserve your camping spot for summer today!