Camping with Dogs can be fun and challenging at the same time!
Dogs Need Sleep!
Connecting with the Environment
Leaving Your Dogs While on Vacation
- I'll be taking a crate that can be set up under a shade tree or inside a pole barn where it is cooler. This will depend on predicted weather while I'm gone. But if it's too hot, this will not be a safe solution.
- I'll have longlines set up and secured to minimize any leash time another person may need. We have 2 main areas set up at our camp; a bon fire area and play/games/gathering area out back in the shade. I will have a longline secured in both areas so that the human watching the dog only has to move them from one line to the other if the human is changing areas.
- I'll make sure the human my dogs will be staying with and the dog that will be staying have created a relationship together and have learned how to communicate with each other. Azul has been to this location 4-5 times and often sleeps with me inside my sister's camper. She has known him since he was a puppy and even though they only see each other a few times a year, Azul knows she always has something good in her ice chest! This will be the first time Roz has been to this camp, but she's so social and food motivated that she's going to have everyone begging to watch her when I leave.
- I'll have a backup plan! You never know what is going to happen while you are gone. We've had 1 hour trail rides turn into 4 hours when a vehicle breaks down on the trip. We've had storms pop up suddenly drenching everything that couldn't run to cover. There is no way to prepare for everything, but do your best to have a plan that is communicated with the person who is caring for your animal.
- Typically my dogs don't need to eat if I'm going to be gone an hour, but if something happens, the caregiver should know where the food is.
- If the babysitter needs to stick the dog somewhere due to weather, where is your safe space. Cam would have preferred to be in the car should a sudden storm roll through. Azul would prefer to be in my sister's camper or the pole barn depending on where all the people are.
- What should your babysitter do if an off leash dog or wild animal wanders into camp while your gone? I'm sorry but there are not many family members that I would trust to be able to hold back my dogs in this situation! Even if I'm there, I'm going to quickly load my dog into the car to deal with the other animal. Can my babysitter do that safely? If not, what else can they do? What other ideas can we give them to help when the unexpected thing happens while your gone.