Camping & glamping is the perfect holiday to bring well behaved woofs.
After all they are part of the family & who wants to stay at home when there is fun to be had with your pack gang in the great outdoors!
So what do you need for a happy camping & glamping holiday with your dog ?
1. Your dog’s lead & a dog screw
Not all campsite allow dogs, so check when you book they accept dogs and what the maximum number of dogs allowed on the camping pitch or in the glamping tent.
If they do accept dogs you will need to have your lovely woofs on the lead when you are on the campsite.
I have had a few campers challenge this because theirs dog are so good at home they are off the lead at all times. However, I explain having the dogs on a lead is for everyone’s safety & comfort. For example, some children (and adults) who are fearful of dogs and are screaming and crying can frighten the dogs and make them act unpredictably.
Also remember the dogs are in an unfamiliar area with many new things to get over excited about, sounds, smells e.g foxes & badger & other dogs on site. When dogs get over excited they don't always listen & are therefore not under control. I know Dylan my Wheaten terrier can act deaf if he gets over excited and finds other things more interesting than me!
Also bring a dog screw with a longer lead, so you can have your dog close by to your pitch whilst you are all relaxing on the campsite.
2. Make sure the dogs have water & a bit shade
This seems like an obvious one, but I have seen this myself, people get caught up enjoying themselves on holiday and forget on a hot sunny day to leave a bowl of water the dog can reach when they are tied up by the camping pitch.
Also dogs can really struggle in the heat, so make sure there is somewhere for them with a bit of shade.
3. Bring a few dog towels
Dogs love to play... in the water...in the mud...in the sea and on the beach when they are on holiday. The question to ask yourself do you want to bring all that muck into your tent or into your lovely car?
Probably not! so bring a couple of towels for your pooches and their cute but dirty muddy paws.
4. Do not over feed your dog
I know we all do it when you get those adorable doggie eyes looking at you when you are scoffing your fifth sausage from the campfire BBQ!!
Maybe this advice should be don’t over feed the humans too!
But try to keep to the dogs regular food & feeding habitats & don’t go overboard with feeding them excessive scraps. This is because changes to their diet can do things to your dogs tummy, which means there usual poop routine ends up being five times a day instead of three!
Plus, who wants to wander out in the middle of the night to let there dog go to the toilet when you are nicely snuggled in your sleeping bag and no one wants to share a tent with a dog making ghastly smells or even humans for that matter!
5. Bag it and bin it !
No one wants to play in grass or go hiking with horrible dog poop littering the way. Apart from it being unsightly, it is dangerous for children and wildlife.
Remember picking up poop, bagging it and hanging it in trees doesn't count! Take it back with you till you can find a bin to dispose of it properly
6. I know i said 5 things.......but here is No 6!
The reality is not all dogs are suited to going camping or glamping.
You know your dog the best, ask yourself are they good with other dogs, children, pets? Are they aggressive, moody or bark excessively?
As their pack family we love them regardless and tolerate poor social behaviour at home, but it wont make for a happy holiday, if you are worrying about your dog and they causes problems for other guests.
So if your pooches do display any of the above problems maybe it is the perfect time to try dog training & address their behaviour, because it is wonderful being able to take our dogs away with us on holiday!