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Most of us are familiar with camping — heck, it's likely you've participated in the activity yourself. How many of us, however, have adventured outback with our pooch at our side? Now's your chance! Grab your pooch and head out to explore the great outdoors together, sleeping under the stars and experiencing all nature has to "offur." Camping is an engaging and physically stimulating activity for any pooch.
The only requirement necessary for this activity is finding a campground that's dog-friendly. This shouldn't be hard, because most state parks and national forests come equipped with various campgrounds, giving you thousands of campgrounds to select from. Check out dog-friendly campgrounds listed on Wag! for more information. Campgrounds range in accommodation styles, from tent camping to vehicle camping (RVs, pop-up trailers, fifth wheels, etc.). They come equipped with a variety of amenities, including showers, swimming beaches, recreational facilities, camp stores, dog parks, rental equipment, and more. Find a campground that's "pawfect" for you and your pooch and head out for an experience you won't forget!
One way to explore the surrounding area is going for a hike with your pup. Hiking the nearby trails can be a strenuous activity depending on the trails you take and the terrain along the way. Most campgrounds provide campers with information about surrounding trails along with regulations.
Some trails are not dog-friendly, and others just have requirements like leash laws and waste pick-up. You'll want to pick a path that meets your pup's physical needs. If your pooch has an extensive amount of energy, go for a run or select a trail with challenging terrain. If your pup is older or requires less physical endurance, choose an easier path to explore.
Hit the water and cool off with your pup on those scorching hot days at the campground. Many campgrounds come with pools, but few are dog-friendly. Search for a campground with either its own access to water, whether it be a beach or lake, that is dog-friendly.
Dog-friendly beaches often have a designated dog area where you're likely to run into other pups playing in the water. Be sure you know all beach regulations before visiting and bring along the right gear for your swim. If you're planning a long stay, pack treats or even a meal with fresh drinking water for you and your pup.
Explore the water with your pup and use this "oppawtunity" to introduce them to new water games. Try fetch, wade the shallow water, or swim with your pooch to stimulate them both mentally and physically.
One perk of camping at a dog-friendly facility is that you'll usually find some form of area designated for pups. You can read reviews and check site details to find a park that meets the needs of your pooch. Whether the campground has a dog park or pet designated walking area, it's likely that you'll run into other guests and their four-legged sidekicks. Take this opportunity to let your dog run free, let loose and have fun.
You can socialize while visiting the dog area, swimming, or even at your own campsite, depending on the number of other campers and your situation. The dog park is ideal for running. If you're lucky, your neighbor will have a pooch that's up for play.
All dogs love to explore the outdoors, which is why camping is a “grrreat” way to spend time with your pup. No matter where you live, it’s likely you can find a campground within a reasonable distance. Different campgrounds come with various amenities and perks, which is why it’s best to research your options before heading out with your pup. Think about your dog's needs and interests when deciding on your destination, and consider a campground with access to a dog-friendly swim area.
Once you arrive, set up your site and begin your exploration with your pup. Hike the nearby trails to get a taste of the landscape and surrounding scenery. Watch for wildlife while you take in the fresh air. If you work up a sweat, swing by the beach and cool off. Play water games and socialize with other guests. Try socializing at designated doggy areas, including campground dog parks and walking paths. You could also rent a boat if you don’t own one for a day on the water. If this isn’t something that intrigues you, try sitting on the shore and casting a line while watching the sunrise with your pup. No matter which activities you choose, camping alongside your pup is an adventure in itself!