I am a new dog owner and loving it! We adopted Jack, a 1 year old yellow lab. He was a rescued dog and we are so happy to have him with us!
We have only had him for a week and are playing a trip camping next weekend (tent trailer) and was looking for any advice, hints or tricks to help our camping trip go smoothly with our new family member.
first and foremost, find out if the camp ground is dog friendly, how dog friendly and were dogs are allowed. where you can exercise.
as a foster parent - i would say that is abit too fast to bring a new dog camping. did you get him from a shelter/SPCA or a rescue with foster homes?
be prepared for lots of potential barking, possibly trying to get at random animals. bring a long line and DO NOT LET HIM OFFLEASH. Use the long line to give him more room but do not leave him offleash at any time.
how is he with people (strangers?) how is he with other dogs? how well do you know the dog? The first week a dog is wtih you they are still in "getting a lay of the land" mode. they often start to show more of their true colors after a week or two (sometimes longer depending on the dog).
We adopted him from a rescue organization with a foster family.
He doesn't bark much and LOVES people. He is a very friendly dog!
have you had him around other dogs? (will there be other dogs at the camp?)
We will just be camping with your 2 children (12 and 7).
We is really good around other dogs.
sounds good. just keep an eye on him in the new environment. coming from a foster home you have more background then if he came from a shelter so that's cool
also - thank you for rescuing
Bring lots of toys! And poop bags. Maybe Benadryl in case of an allergic reaction to something.
How far will you be traveling? Is he good in the car?
I was a bit nervous about taking Bean on his first camping (RV) trip this summer, but he was great. Normally he has free run of the house at night, but he LOVED sleeping in his crate outside our trailer. I tied him up with a 20-ft cable during the day. His favorite spot for the week was under the trailer, since it was super hot and humid. He was better-behaved than he is at home .
Have fun! I bet your kids are soo happy to have a new dog!
Check if the campground requires paperwork for your dog. Some of the ones we traveled to, required us to show them updated vaccine records, rabies and dog license.
I second the benadryl, just in case. Of course a tie out rope/cable, leash, poop bags, food, treats. We also have one of those bandannas that you soak for 20 minutes and it keeps her cool, doggy bug spray, toys.
Have fun and good luck.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Make sure that the collar cannot be pulled off over his head - of it can (as some of these Labs have large diameter necks) get a harness for him.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.