Dogs love the outdoors, that’s why it’s so much fun bringing them along on a camping or hiking trip. If you’re planning an adventure this winter season, you shouldn’t let the cold stop you from including your pet in your plans!
Of course, there are some important things to consider and right planning and preparation are a must.
Have fun winter camping with your dog – just keep in mind these useful tips!
Know what your furry friend can handle
Before planning anything, it’s important to observe how your pet handles the cold. Some breeds can handle cool weather better than others. If you’re not sure how yours will do on a winter camping trip, you can try to go out to the park or take a short hike with him on a cold day.
Respect what he can handle and be realistic with your expectations.
Check campground rules and regulations
When choosing a campground, make sure the one you choose is pet-friendly. Most state parks have a pet policy on their website. Some don’t allow pets, some allow but only on certain areas and on a leash and some are more lenient.
Keep your pup warm
When all is good to go and you’re ready to pack for your trip, be sure to pack layers of clothing for both you and your furry friend. A thick dog jacket (sometimes in a form of a vest) is important for extra insulation. You will also need an absorbent towel since your pup will be playing in the snow.
When it comes to sleeping gear, your dog basically needs the same things as you – a bed, a thick blanket and his very own sleeping bag!
Bring bright colors and booties
When it comes to your dog gear like a jacket, leash and harness, it’s best to choose bright colors so he can be easily spotted in the snowy landscape. Also, try some booties for your pup at home before your trip to keep his paws warm and protected walking in the snow.
Pack plenty of water and nutritious snacks
A trek through the conditions of winter season can easily cause dehydration and exhaustion, that’s why you should load up on high-energy and nutrient-rich snacks for both you and your pet. Don’t forget to always carry water wherever you go!
Winter camping with your dog is truly exciting to think about – just follow these useful tips to maximize the experience!