Oct 06 2016

Tips for Safely Camping and Hiking with Your Dog

Fall Fun with your Dog

Are you planning an exciting weekend getaway to your favorite Georgia park with your best four-legged friend? Camping with your dog can be a whole lot of fun and you will certainly make amazing memories. The cooler Georgia fall weather means it’s playtime—hit the hiking trails and enjoy the gorgeous leaves, low humidity and sweet-smelling air. Whether you are a veteran camper, or if this is your first time bringing your dog along, you’ll want to prepare so that your trip can go as smoothly as possible. You do not want to have to leave early or worse, end up at your Dawsonville vet. Here are some tips for safely camping and hiking with your dog.

1. Is Your Dog Suited for Camping or Hiking?

Your dog’s personality has a direct impact on what you should and should not do on your outdoor adventures. For instance, a laid back, large hound would certainly prefer a leisurely weekend full of fishing and campfires, but a busy collie might prefer to run the trails, seeking out all of the interesting smells. A daring dog that has a big personality is perfect for a weekend backpacking trip or a visit to the lake before the air gets too cool for splashing around. If you are uncertain about how your dog will react to the wilderness, go on a few short walking trails and have a few picnics to test the waters.

2. Know the Dog Friendly Places

There is nothing more disappointing than arriving at your Georgia camp site with your dog and realizing that it is not pet friendly. No matter what you are planning, camping or hiking, check the park webpage or contact a representative to make sure that there are plenty of pet friendly places for your dog to roam. Also, make note of the rules—if your dog must stay on a leash, make sure that you choose one that suites the wilderness.

3. Give Your Dog a Refresher Course

A few weeks before you head out on your adventure, run your dog through a thorough training course. Be sure that you reinforce good behavior with positivity. You must be able to trust that your dog will listen and obey in any situation that arises on a hiking trail or camp site.

4. Make a Dog First Aid Kit

You wouldn’t go on a camping trip without a first aid kit, and neither should your dog. Here are the recommended items that all owners should include in their doggy first aid kits:

A compact muzzle or bandana that can be used as a muzzle during an emergency

Tweezers and mineral oil for removing ticks

An emergency blanket for cases of shock or cold

A fold up tool that includes needle-nosed pliers

Toddler socks or booties to protect injured paws

A small field first aid book for dogs

Information for the closest veterinarian and your personal vet

5. Have Your Dog Vet Checked

Before heading out to the trails or camping site, have your dog checked by your Dawsonville vet. Be sure that they are up to date on shots and any medications are refilled. Your vet will also determine if your dog is healthy enough for the outdoor adventure. For more information, visit our services page or contact a representative with All Animals Veterinary Clinic today. Are you planning an exciting weekend getaway to your favorite Georgia park with your best four-legged friend? Camping with your dog can be a whole lot of fun and you will certainly make amazing memories. The cooler Georgia fall weather means it’s playtime—hit the hiking trails and enjoy the gorgeous leaves, low humidity and sweet-smelling air. Whether you are a veteran camper, or if this is your first time bringing your dog along, you’ll want to prepare so that your trip can go as smoothly as possible. You do not want to have to leave early or worse, end up at your local vet. Here are some tips for safely camping and hiking with your dog.

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