Doggy Checklist: What to Ask Before Vacation
It’s no secret dogs love the outdoors. From swimming and fetching on the beach to taking a hike through the woods, their tails are always wagging. But before you grab the leash, ask yourself these four questions:
- What does the campground say about canines?
Be sure to check the regulations before your put your pooch in the car. Some campgrounds have restrictions based on safety, local wildlife or other campers. Also, if dogs are allowed on the campground, be sure to review the ground’s map to make sure you stay clear of any restricted areas.
- Has my dog had a visit to the vet lately?
Make sure your pup is healthy enough for a romp at the campground. Get them checked for physical health and that they are up-to-date on shots.
- How is my pup’s camp etiquette?
While most dogs love being in nature, the amount of new sensory stimuli they run into can cause even the politest pup to bark, jump or bite. Since camping involves closeness between yourself, your dog and other campers, be sure your dog is trained with commands and generally has a friendly disposition towards other humans and pups.
Our Tip: Find a campground with zones specifically for dogs. This will help your pup engage with other dogs and get more comfortable with the new environment!
- Will bringing my canine be a burden?
While having a furry friend on vacation may seem like a great idea, sometimes it’s best to let your dog sit out. You’ll want to plan out your trip ahead of time including excursions, adventures, dining and general down time to evaluate whether having your dog will be memorable or stressful.