Who loves camping more than us? Dogs! Green grass under-paw, exploring the great outdoors for hours, and hanging out with their best friend 24-7.
Camping with dogs does come with challenges, including finding a suitable dog-friendly campsite. National Park options are off the list, and many commercial camping grounds don’t allow dogs either. So your options are somewhat limited.
One of the big appeals of Youcamp is more than 50% of Youcamp listings across Australia welcome four-legged friends too. You can filter your Youcamp search by ‘dog-friendly‘ to only list campsites that allow dogs, meaning it’s easier than ever to find a camping spot where your best mate can tag along. Search for dog-friendly campsites now.
First time camping with the pooch?
Here are some essential things to consider:
Being ‘dog-friendly’ doesn’t mean Buddy will have free reign of the camping ground. Property rules may still require them to be kept on a lead, or specify other limitations. Check the property rules regarding dogs carefully before booking.
If you’re sharing the camping ground with other campers, follow proper camping etiquette and keep your dog close to you and your campsite at all times. Consider a long leash, so they can still sniff about without wandering too far.
Is your dog a big barker, or known for its excitable yapping? This will very quickly make you unpopular amongst your neighbouring campers. It’s important to consider whether your dog’s personality and behaviours will make them a suitable camping companion. To test the waters, search for a private campground that you’ll have to yourself.
Be prepared to pick up after them. Yes, you’re in the great outdoors, but it’s not ok to leave dog poo at your campsite for fellow and future campers to discover.
If you’re going to be camping in a tick prone area, adequately protect your dog against ticks. Make sure you know what to do in the event that they get one. And of course, ensure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date.
Make sure your dog has a collar and an ID tag. They’re in a new place, and should they get lost, you need to be easily contactable. Reflective collars are a good idea, as they’re easy to spot at night.
Consider how dog-friendly the local area is. Will the ol’ boy have the freedom to tag along as you explore the region? Do the nearby beaches allow dogs? How about the walking trails, dogs ok there too? It’s not a good idea to leave your dog at camp unattended, so look for a spot with dog-friendly options in the local area also.
Know in advance where the nearest vet is. Should there be an emergency, you will already know where you need to travel to, and how far away it is.
Camping with dogs can be great fun for both you and pup, and with careful planning, it’ll be an experience worth repeating!
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