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wolfy dog 06-12-2014 11:50 AM

Planning a camping trip
Next week planning a camping trip. We have a small tent and a big adolescent, bratty "pup". Keeping my fingers crossed, especially for the night and its sounds and smells.
Who has done this and how did it go for the first few nights? Any tips?

DutchKarin 06-12-2014 11:59 AM

Did our first backpacking trip with a wild Dutch Shep. All went okay. One thing I learned is that he very quickly decides to own and protect the camp so he had to be on leash (long line) in camp or he would posture at people and scare them a bit. He was a gentleman on the trail though.

He did go in the tent, at first did not want to and then loved it, sleeping bags, friends, cozy. Once at night he woke up and almost went through the screen door as a porcupine started toward the tent! His barking and the porcupine turned on his heel and scooted away quickly.

This was a backpack trip btw and Tygo had to carry packs.

Get him good and tired and bring lots of treats.

SuperG 06-12-2014 12:03 PM

I have done similar as what you are planning.

I did a test run in the backyard one night with the pup sleeping in the tent with us....a bit of uneasiness at first since it was a new experience but then she settled gave new meaning to a "pup tent".

At least for us, the pup was with us 24/7 when we went camping, which was fine and seemed to be common sense.

Now, we take her in the RV and she is completely at home and the same in the boat on the lake. When I am fishing, I put one of the seats down so she can just stretch out in the shade ( canopy in place ) and listen to my fishing stories.

I made a tether for her about 30 feet long, this was my bigger concern as she has never been tied out before. I used 20 feet of poly and then spliced in a 10 foot section of 3/8 bungee cord...figured it would "soften" the experience at first until she learned the ropes.

All in all, I think the test run in the tent in the backyard was a good idea and acclimated her to a degree....I'll bet the neighbor's got a kick out of seeing us "camping" in our suburbia backyard...:)


Courtney 06-12-2014 01:11 PM

We also did a test run in the back yard - he was fine.

We hike and camp often. We LOVE it.

We are always in isolated areas - never around other people. Not because of Rusty-just the way we prefer our outings.

When we settle in the tent for the night he goes with the flow. He will get up a few times to look out the tent window. We have caught him just sitting there staring and listening intently to the critters moving around. But he's never tried to get our or aggravate us by not settling down.

We did bring a tie out when he was younger for the camp area but have not for two years because he has a solid recall and just doesn't leave our side. We have had plenty of wild life cross our paths. My husband does tie a snap light to his collar so we can see him at night. He loves to hang out and sleep by the camp fire, escorts everyone on their potty breaks. He also knows on these trips he will be fed our food (in addition to his own). We break a lot of rules:)

Have fun!

wolfy dog 06-12-2014 03:19 PM

Well that all sounds do-able. Anyone having expereicne with bears or cougars? Bears are my main worry.

DJEtzel 06-12-2014 03:32 PM

We camp in luxury, so I have no help for you! :D by DJetzel, on Flickr

Can't wait to hear all about it, though!

brightspot 06-12-2014 03:41 PM

Our pup has gone twice, once at 6 months and one at a year.

Talk to the park rangers where you are going about the wildlife. A cougar is unlikely to bother a shepherd. Bears on the other hand won't care a lick. :eek:

We keep a low wattage night light on in the tent. We also added a light up dog collar in case our pup got loose at night.

Courtney 06-12-2014 03:48 PM

DJEtzel - get out in the dirt, pee in the woods. No glamping! lol

Nice set up, btw:)

Tratkins 06-12-2014 03:53 PM

We camp all the time with our pup. He is 6.5 months now and he is so worn out by the time nighttime comes, he sleeps like a baby. Two weekends ago, he barked a little more than usual at people passsing by, but we have been working on his reactivity at home. We go on multiple short hikes, lake swims, campfires...During camping is when our pup gets to eat stuff he isn't allowed at home. We'll fry him an egg to add to his morning kibble, campfire hotdogs, and steak! We had a bear in our camp last year that sniffed around and left (Yikes!)...we didn't have any food out. Since then, we always carry bear spray (and a gun!). Where I live, mountain lions have been seen taking off dogs from camp sites. I never leave our dog unattended ever.

Have fun! It is so great camping with a dog!!

Tratkins 06-12-2014 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by DJEtzel (Post 5634562)
We camp in luxury, so I have no help for you! :D by DJetzel, on Flickr

Can't wait to hear all about it, though!

VERY nice!

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