Dogs love the outdoors, which is why they love to take them camping or hiking. If you’re planning an adventure this winter, don’t let the cold keep you from including animals in your plans!
Of course, there are some important things to think about and proper planning and preparation should be done.
Have fun winter camping with your dog – just remember these helpful tips!
Know what your furry friend can handle
Before planning anything, it is important to observe how your pet handles the cold. Some breeds can handle cold weather better than others. If you are not sure how you will do on a winter camping trip, you can try to go out to the park or take a short hike with someone on a cold day.
Respect what you can do and be realistic with your expectations.
Check the camping rules and regulations
When choosing a campsite, make sure that the one you choose is pet friendly. Most state parks have a pet policy on their website. Some don’t allow pets, some allow them but only in certain areas and on a leash and some are more lenient.
Keep your puppy warm
When everything is done and you are ready to pack for your trip, be sure to pack layers of clothing for you and your furry friend. A thick dog jacket (sometimes in the form of a vest) is essential for extra insulation. You’ll also need an absorbent towel because your puppy will be playing in the snow.
When it comes to sleeping gear, your dog needs the same things as you – a bed, a thick blanket and its own sleeping bag!
Bring bright colors and booties
When it comes to dog equipment like jackets, leashes and harnesses, it’s best to choose bright colors so they can be easily seen in the snowy landscape. Also, try some booties for the puppy at home before the trip so that his paws are warm and protected walking in the snow.
Pack plenty of water and nutritious snacks
Treks through winter conditions can easily lead to dehydration and fatigue, so it’s important to stock up on energetic and nutrient-rich snacks for you and your pets. Don’t forget to always carry water with you wherever you go!
Winter camping with your dog is exciting to think about – just follow these handy tips to maximize the experience!