dreamstime_xxl_69157573If you’re like us, you can’t wait to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler weather. When you plan a camping trip, you often have to decide between bringing your dog or leaving him at home. Camping with a dog is a challenge, but we believe your four-legged friend should be able to enjoy nature with you. Here are a few tips to help you camp with your faithful friend.

Pack for more than just yourself

When you bring your dog with you into the backcountry, you’ll have to pack plenty of food and water for both of you. Bring the same food your pup eats at home and always pack enough to last for the whole trip. Be sure to bring toys and a bed for your pup as well. You may be content sleeping in a hammock or sitting on a rock and reading a book for hours on end, but your dog needs stimulation and toys can be the perfect way to keep them occupied.

Tether your pup

While your dog can head out on hikes by your side, they should always be on a leash. The same rule applies at the campsite. Tethering your dog is a great way to keep them from wandering away or getting into trouble with the local wildlife. However, if you’re letting your dog hang out on a long leash at camp, make sure they’re supervised. Dogs move erratically and can easily become tangled in the leash, creating a real risk of injury. Never leave your pup alone in the wilderness.

Check for ticks

Like it or not, ticks are a problem in the backcountry. Always check your dog for ticks several times each day as they probably won’t alert you to a tick bite. If you notice ticks on your pup, remove them by pulling them off gently. Since ticks transmit diseases, it’s recommended that you wear gloves when removing them.

We hope these tips help you and your pup take advantage of the beautiful weather in Estes Park. Before you head out, stop by Kirk’s Mountain Adventures for any gear you may need or contact us and we can help make your camping trip a memorable one.